Free agency will start in a little over a month, but two things have become apparent: it's going to be tough for the Ravens to upgrade at center and the Ravens are in line to lose several defensive free agents.
Without offering specific details, former Ravens and Chicago Bears linebacker and special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo delivered some explosive allegations about his Super Bowl experience with one of his former NFL employers.
The snapshot of the Ravens' defense displays plenty of improvement, regaining stinginess overall as a run defense along with an occasionally formidable pass rush. However, a deeper look showed a recurring flaw from the defense late in games that played a significant role in preventing the Ravens from reaching the playoffs one year after winning the Super Bowl.
As wide receiver Anquan Boldin thrived with the San Francisco 49ers this season with 85 receptions with 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns, the Ravens were simply unable to replace his physical presence outside.
For the first time since 2007, the Ravens will be at home when the postseason begins, their season ending with a 34-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. With their elimination, the Ravens become the fourth reigning Super Bowl champion in the past eight years to not make the playoffs the following season.
With playoff stakes and family bragging rights on the line Sunday, it has been an extremely quiet week between the two brothers on opposing sides of the growing rivalry between the Ravens and the New England Patriots.
I've had to explain this about 50 times since February: Yes, I was at the Super Bowl, but I didn't even go in to watch the Ravens play in the Super Bowl. Best decision of 2013, and maybe, just maybe, ever.
For its 16th year, Carroll County's Festival of Wreaths is shaking things up a little. Once held on the first floor of the Carroll Arts Center, the popular fundraiser is moving to the second floor, allowing the center to open its annual Gallery of Gifts earlier.
After firing Brian Billick following the 2007 season, the Ravens selected John Harbaugh as their next head coach, choosing him over a group of candidates that included Rex Ryan, the team's defensive coordinator. It was an unconventional decision at the time, hiring a longtime special teams coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles over one of the architects of the Ravens' vaunted defense and the popular choice of the players.
The statuses of Ravens Pro Bowl nose tackle Haloti Ngata and starting tight end Dennis Pitta remains undetermined for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. However, Pitta is regarded as unlikely to play.
Although Jones' message of encouragement isn't falling on deaf ears, this has been a much quieter season than the 2012 Pro Bowl selection envisioned as he's been unable to replicate his star performance from last season.
Ravens strong safety James Ihedigbo didn't confirm or deny receiving a shipment of performance products from Mitch Ross, the Alabama man who alleged before the Super Bowl that he provided Ray Lewis with deer antler spray to accelerate his recovery from a torn triceps.
Mitch Ross, the man who said during Super Bowl week that he supplied Ray Lewis with deer antler spray to speed his recovery from a torn triceps injury, says that he is still providing one of his products to a current Raven.