The Ravens' senior adviser to player development was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS in 2007, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the cells in the brain and spinal cord. Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, the disease causes muscle atrophy and difficulty speaking, swallowing and breathing.
As tens of thousands of purple-bedecked fans packed near the Inner Harbor Thursday evening to watch country star Keith Urban sing atop a floating stage, lingering frustrations that the Baltimore Ravens were out of town faded away.
The Ravens wouldn¿t be walking into Sports Authority Field at Mile High as the defending Super Bowl champs on Thursday night had they not been dominant when it mattered in the most important 20 yards of the field.
On that unforgettable January night in Denver, the Ravens walked into Sports Authority Field at Mile High as heavy underdogs — a team that few outside their locker room believed had a realistic chance to defeat quarterback Peyton Manning and the top-seeded Broncos — and left victorious four hours and 11 minutes later.
Four days before the Broncos host the Ravens to kick of the 2013 NFL season, the hottest topic in both Baltimore and Denver was the controversial Joe Flacco banners that last week popped up at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and in downtown Denver.
Three-receiver sets were by far the most commonly used personnel grouping in the NFL last season. Even the Ravens used them on nearly half of their snaps. By putting an extra wide receiver on the field, the Ravens are able to stretch defenses and take full advantage of Flacco's strong arm. They are still trying to determine which three wideouts are their best combination, but the three-receiver sets are here to stay in Baltimore and in the NFL as a whole.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is never shy about voicing his opinion so perhaps it should come as no surprise that the Ravens former defensive coordinator weighed in on a matter that has nothing to do with him or his current team.
The Ravens won¿t get their season-opening home game, like reigning Super Bowl champions have for the last decade. But they will play four prime-time games, including a Thanksgiving night home showdown against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, and a much-anticipated rematch with the Denver Broncos to kick off their Super Bowl XLVII title defense.
It has been more than six weeks since the Baltimore Ravens stunned the Denver Broncos in the playoffs. Memories -- painful ones -- of that double-overtime thriller at Mile High aren¿t fading out in Denver, either. The Denver Post is still writing about that game today. Specifically one unforgettable play.
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.