Maybe no player in Ravens history symbolized the toughness of the organization more than former defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who announced his retirement Monday after 13 seasons in the NFL, including nine in Baltimore.
While Boston and Philly were hardly in direct competition in politics or finance, both played vital roles in the founding and defining of America. Nowadays when one links Boston and Philly it usually has something to do with professional sports. Super Bowl LII is only the most current instance.
On Christmas Day, the Ravens will attempt to take one step closer to capturing the AFC North title by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. And to do that, the unit must concentrate on stopping running back Le'Veon Bell.
It has been 15 years since the Ravens won their first Super Bowl. They won another in 2012, which is remarkable for a franchise that has been in existence for only 20 years. Often there are questions about which team is better, but maybe they can be tied into one. Can Ray Lewis of the 2000 team beat Ray Lewis of the 2012 squad?
Timmy Jernigan, who is the man tabbed to replace Haloti Ngata after the Pro Bowl defensive lineman was traded to the Detroit Lions in March, and Carl Davis represent the most recent additions to a defensive line group that throughout the Ravens history has been the franchise's premier strength, due to its depth and continuity among the coaches and players.
Months before they would lift the Lombardi Trophy into the confetti-filled air, the Ravens' top decision makers started to have regular discussions about the future of the organization and the potentially wide-scale changes it would face following the 2012 season.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced Wednesday that he would retire at season's end. He is one of the greatest linebackers to lace them up. Here is what other media outlets are saying about Lewis this morning.
Unable to shed blocks or consistently chase down backs in the open field, Ray Lewis was repeatedly left grasping at air as Chiefs star runner Jamaal Charles sprinted around him to pile up 140 yards during the Ravens' 9-6 victory last Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
After an encouraging game against the New England Patriots where Flacco wasn't sacked and rarely hit, he sustained several big hits as the offensive line regularly broke down Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns.
Making a splash by throwing around cash on talent from other teams isn't usually the Ravens' style, though that's not to say that they haven't made significant signings in their 16-year, going-on-17-year history.
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