On Sunday, the Ravens play the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, and they will attempt to win their second Lombardi Trophy with a roster largely constructed with homegrown players raised in the Ravens Way.
Under the direction of Caldwell, in his first time calling plays at the NFL level, the Ravens have reached the Super Bowl while upgrading their offensive production and precision. And Flacco is playing arguably the best football of his career with 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the past five games.
The Baltimore Ravens are packing their backs for New Orleans because the front office and coaching staff have pulled the trigger on a bunch of key moves over the past 12 months, from extending Ray Rice and signing players like Corey Graham and Justin Tucker to changing offensive coordinators and switching up the offensive line. That last move was arguably the most impactful, as the offensive line has been great the past three weeks, paving the road to the Super Bowl.
Ravens assistant coach Jim Caldwell will remain the team's offensive coordinator next season, coach John Harbaugh said Monday. Caldwell, the former Indianapolis Colts coach, replaced Cam Cameron as the Ravens' offensive coordinator in December.
Every week, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players, from that week's game. Today, he looks at quarterback Joe Flacco's touchdown pass to wide receiver Jacoby Jones in Saturday's win over the Denver Broncos.
With an AFC North title and a home playoff game next weekend already secured, the Baltimore Ravens treated their regular-season finale at Paul Brown Stadium like a fifth preseason game. The end result -- a 23-17 loss in front of an announced 61,565 on a frigid afternoon -- hardly mattered.
As the Ravens enter their final game of the regular season today against the Cincinnati Bengals, Ravens rookie Bernard Pierce is giving the organization a glimpse of what he can do with a little experience and a healthy body.