Yeah, we know. The game isn't in Baltimore. And whether you've moved on and are just excited for the season to kick off or you're still in a deep state of depression, there's only one thing to do: drink.
With the Ravens needing to cut down their roster from 75 to 53 by Saturday at 6 p.m., there will undoubtedly be some anxious moments for many players over the next two days. However, recent history suggests that the 10 members from the team¿s 2013 draft class shouldn¿t worry.
There were six San Francisco 49ers defenders breathing on the Ravens offensive line. All-Pro pass rusher Aldon Smith walked in from the slot to join them. The strong safety, Donte Whitner, creeping toward the line of scrimmage, made it eight 49ers in the box.
The Ravens' front office has earned plenty of praise for their decisions during the draft but it is also in the minutes after the final pick has been made, a period that assistant general manager Eric DeCosta equated to a "feeding frenzy," where the organization has historically done some of its best work.
With as many as six new defensive starters from the team that won Super Bowl XLVII in February, it was probably inevitable that the Ravens would deal with some communication issues, especially this early in training camp. However, a few too many surfaced in the Ravens' preseason-opening 44-16 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.
One year ago, Rice was the talk of the NFL following a career-high 2,068 combined rushing and receiving yards in 2011. He was celebrating his newly-minted five-year, $40 million maximum value contract that included a $15 million signing bonus, the highest in league history for a running back.
In his role as an NFL Network analyst, McNabb criticized Rice this summer for fumbling. Rice fumbled twice in an AFC wild-card victory over the Indianapolis Colts and lost a fumble in the second half of the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII win over the San Francisco 49ers.
This week marks the start of Flacco's sixth training camp in the NFL, but as he was reminded of often during his post-practice interview with reporters Tuesday, it's his first since becoming a Super Bowl Most Valuable Player and the highest-paid Raven in team history.
As he begins his sixth training camp as coach of the Ravens, John Harbaugh sees change everywhere around the Under Armour Performance Center. There are a couple of new members of his coaching staff, a revamped roster and a shiny new trophy at the team facility.
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.
When training camp launches later this month at team headquarters, a faster, more assured Pierce could pay significant dividends for the Ravens as they attempt to defend their Super Bowl title. As the primary backup to Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, Pierce is looking to emerge as a bigger scoring threat by finishing off long runs after scoring one touchdown last season when he occasionally flashed breakaway skills.
Given that track record of success after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, Harbaugh is maintaining his low-key approach and staying the course. When asked if he's consulting with other coaches that have won championships as far as how they attempted to defend their titles, Harbaugh indicated he'll continue to consult with his usual advisors.
Although Castillo coached several Pro Bowl blockers as the Philadelphia Eagles' longtime offensive line coach like Tra Thomas, Jermane Mayberrry, Jon Runyan, Jason Peters and Shawn Andrews, he also had a hand in recruiting and developing several undrafted free agent offensive linemen that became starters. That includes Hank Fraley from Robert Morris and Jamaal Jackson out of Delaware State.
The difference between lining up over left tackle and the left shoulder of the left guard may not seem vast, but defensive tackle Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens admits he felt lost in space when asked to play the five-technique defensive end position in 2012.
Within days of the Ravens' 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl, LSU hired Cameron as its offensive coordinator, hoping he could help open up a Tigers offense that ranked 87th in yards per game and 59th in scoring in 2012.
They have hosted parties and attended parades in their honor. They have made appearances on "Live with Kelly and Michael", "Dancing with the Stars" and the "Late Show with David Letterman." They shook hands with the president and then admired their own hands after sliding on sparkling new rings.
Unable to reach a compromise after negotiations to try to restructure the contract of veteran fullback Vonta Leach, sources say the Ravens are expected to release or trade the Pro Bowl lead blocker as soon as Tuesday.
Two days after they were honored by President Barack Obama at the White House, the Super Bowl XLVII champion Ravens received their ultimate reward, collecting their championship rings at a private ceremony at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills on Friday.
The 2012-13 Ravens will be well represented Wednesday when the team travels to the White House to be honored by President Barack Obama for its 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3.
Agent Joe Linta reiterated last night that his recent comment about the Ravens being ¿dumb¿ for not signing Joe Flacco before last season was made more to defend his client amid accusations that the quarterback was greedy and responsible for the team¿s heavy offseason roster turnover.