Head Coach John Harbaugh has a chance to become the winningest coach in Ravens history with 9 wins this season. That is definitely a possibility because the team averages 10.7 wins per season. Last season they finished the regular season 10-6. Their road to the Super Bowl ended last year with a loss to the New England Patriots by 4 points in a great game. Coach Harbaugh has never had a losing season as head coach of the Ravens and he has accumulated 72 victories so far.
Many players return from last season.
Coach Harbaugh’s chances are great to hit that record this year because he has so many returning players. Both the offense and the defense are returning 9 of 11 starters. That doesn’t leave many positions open for any of the new players to make a real impact. As far as the offense is concerned, 2 rookies could possibly see some playing time. Rookie Breshad Perriman may see some playing time at wide receiver. A hole was left there when Torrey Smith went to San Francisco. The other rookie is tight end Maxx Williams. No one knows how Dennis Pitta is going to play after back to back hip surgeries so Maxx will have a chance to prove himself. He will be competing with Crockett Gillmore also. You can never have too many good tight ends so time will tell who will win the starting position.
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New Offensive Coordinator
The 2 new rookies will have to learn the ropes behind a new Offensive Coordinator this season. Marc Trestman is ecstatic to get the chance to coach for the Ravens. He comes from a disappointing stint as head coach for the Chicago Bears. He is excited to be working with Joe Flacco who hasn’t missed a start at quarterback his entire career. They both seem to be very detail oriented and should be able to run the west coast offense to perfection this season.
On defense, the Ravens are pretty sound. The biggest blunder made by the Ravens was trading Haloti Ngata to the Lions. The defensive lineman will be difficult to replace. The Detroit Lions got the better end of that trade. Timmy Jernigan is going to have to step up and show huge improvement this year.
From Pre-season to the Super Bowl
The rookie players and the solid returning group will get a chance to show off their talents when they open the pre-season at home against the New Orleans Saints on August 13th. It will be interesting to see how Coach Trestman melds with the rest of the coaching staff and the team as he begins his career with the Ravens. The next chance for the players to settle into their roles will be in Philadelphia against the Eagles on August 22nd. Pre-season games are always plays to get the cobwebs out and shake things up to see who settles where. Vegas have the Ravens odds at winning the Super Bowl at 25/1. The players and coaching staff of the Baltimore Ravens probably have something different in mind.
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