As the Ravens hold their annual season review press conference this morning with owner Steve Bisciotti, general manager Ozzie Newsome, team president Dick Cass and coach John Harbaugh, offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is interviewing today for the Tennessee Titans' head coaching vacancy.
Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell met with Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford during his lengthy Friday interview along with Lions vice chairman Bill Ford Jr., during what was described as an "excellent, outstanding interview" by Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten.
Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is expected to interview for the Detroit Lions' head coaching vacancy next week, according to Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten. Wooten told The Baltimore Sun that he's been talking regularly with Lions general manager Martin Mayhew and anticipates Caldwell interviewing Wednesday or Thursday.
When the Ravens signed Corey Graham to a two-year, $4.204 million contract two years ago that included a $1.2 million signing bonus, they promised him a shot at a role beyond special teams. Two years later, the former Chicago Bears Pro Bowl special-teams ace has emerged as a valuable nickel back and spot starter whom the Ravens would like to retain as an unrestricted free agent.
Believe it or not, Joe Flacco joined select company in 2013, doing something that all-time greats such as John Elway, Dan Marino, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning all did at least one point in their career. Heck, even the great Johnny Unitas pulled it off, but Flacco will have to do it a few more times to match him.
The Ravens may have had their most important win of the season Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but this team still has room for a lot of improvement, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
Just a week ago, Ravens coach John Harbaugh considered doing the same thing in the overtime loss to the Chicago Bears, a game that was delayed nearly two hours due to a deadly storm front that rolled through the Midwest.
Six games into the season, the Baltimore Ravens are a .500 team with about 500 unanswered questions on offense. Their saving grace has been the revamped defense, which has played very well since Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos made it rain touchdowns in the season opener. The Green Bay Packers put up big numbers Sunday, but the Ravens remained in the game because the defense held firm.
Heading into Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens regard Rodgers and a stacked group of offensive weapons as just as dangerous if not more so than a Denver Broncos offense headlined by quarterback Peyton Manning.
However, the Ravens still look like a team trying to find some consistency and in search of an offensive identity. With the Houston Texans struggling and the Dolphins still trying to establish themselves as contenders, the Ravens also are a without a signature win, albeit at a very early juncture of the season.
With Sunday's game hanging in the balance, the Ravens sat back and let their front four do the work. The Ravens sacked Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill on four of his final 15 dropbacks. And according to ESPN Stats and Info, each of those sacks came when the Ravens sent a four-man rush.
An All-American at Oklahoma, Mendenhall anchored the offensive line for eight years, starting in 1973. He won the job despite his compact build and stayed, while fighting off the two All-Pro centers acquired to replace him — Fred Hoaglin and Forrest Blue.
They're tied for first place in the division with two fellow 2-2 teams, the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. The Ravens defeated the Browns, 14-6, earlier this season and have yet to play the Bengals.
Dean Pees didn't hide his disappointment two weeks ago as he stood in front of reporters and discussed a Ravens defense that had allowed seven touchdowns and 510 total yards against the Denver Broncos. It was quite the contrast on Thursday as the Ravens defensive coordinator beamed about how his defense performed on Sunday against the Houston Texans, calling it one of the most gratifying wins of his career.
With the offseason addition of Elvis Dumervil to pair with Terrell Suggs, the Ravens have one of the most feared pass-rushing tandems in the AFC. The signings of Chris Canty, Marcus Spears and Daryl Smith has turned the Ravens' run defense from a weakness last year to a major strength this season.
On Saturday night, Jon "Bones" Jones defended his UFC light heavyweight championship for the sixth time with a bloody victory over Alexander Gustaffson by unanimous decision, with both fighters going to the hospital afterward for treatment.