On Now
Coming Up
  • Fri., Jul. 29, 2016 11:30 AM EDT Live Training Camp Press Conference Head coach John Harbaugh, tight ends coach Richard Angulo, TE Dennis Pitta, DT Brandon Williams and G Marshal Yanda will address the media.
  • Mon., Aug. 01, 2016 7:00 PM EDT Training Camp Military Appreciation Day The first M&T Bank Stadium practice will take place on Monday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. This practice – free and open to all fans – coincides with the Ravens’ annual Military Appreciation Day. Approximately 3,500 special seats will be reserved for active service members and veterans who present valid military identification upon check-in at the stadium.
  • Sat., Aug. 06, 2016 6:00 PM EDT Training Camp Fireworks Night On Saturday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m., the second M&T Bank Stadium practice will showcase the organization’s third-annual Fireworks Night, an event highlighted by post-practice autographs for children and a fireworks/laser show.
  • Fri., Sep. 09, 2016 5:00 PM EDT Countdown To Kickoff Party Presented By Miller Lite Grammy Award®-nominated rock band 3 DOORS DOWN will perform at the Ravens Countdown to Kickoff Party Presented by Miller Lite on Friday, Sept. 9 at Maryland State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Open to all ages.
  • Mon., Oct. 03, 2016 5:00 PM EDT A Purple Evening A Purple Evening is back! Join Purple on Monday, October 3rd for on-field drills, player appearances and autographs, giveaways, and much more! Tickets will go on sale soon. Check Purple-Just for Women on Facebook for the latest club and event information.
  • Sun., Oct. 23, 2016 7:30 AM EDT Purple Away Game Trip Up the Jersey Turnpike we go! Hit the road with the Purple Club on Sunday, October 23rd to watch our Baltimore Ravens take on the New York Jets for a 1:00 p.m. game at MetLife Stadium. Don't miss your chance to join the only NFL women's fan club to travel into unfamiliar territory!
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 2:00 PM EST Army vs. Navy Football Don't miss one of the greatest events you can ever attend! The Army-Navy Game presented by USAA returns to M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, December 10, 2016



Eisenberg: The Ravens Are Still The Ravens

Posted Jul 20, 2013

Let's go over what’s NOT changed about the team in 2013.

When a team's training camp opens, it's customarily time to point out what changes to expect in the coming season. I would do that now except the Ravens are going to experience a lot of changes and you probably already know them.

It's been the story of this offseason. Ray Lewis and Matt Birk have retired. Anquan Boldin, Ed Reed, Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger are wearing new uniforms. Vonta Leach, Brendon Ayanbadejo and others are gone. They're all going to be replaced.

The Ravens are facing enough changes, with perhaps as many as nine new starters, that some have suggested they're fielding an entirely new team in a way.

That's going way too far.

To underscore the fact that the Ravens will still be the Ravens, the same team you've cheered for, as familiar as their purple uniforms, let's flip the script and go over what has NOT changed about the team in 2013.

  • The top of the coaching staff. Head Coach John Harbaugh and both unit coordinators from the Super Bowl are back. Only one other time since Harbaugh's tenure began in 2008 have both coordinators returned.

  • The quarterback. Nothing cries out "new era" more than a new man under center, but Joe Flacco has started every game for the Ravens since 2008, and barring injury, with a $120.6 million contract in hand, he will continue to start every game for the foreseeable future. If you agree, as I do, that stability or lack of it at head coach and quarterback generally dictates the constancy of a team, the Ravens are as solid as it gets.

  • The offensive philosophy. There's been a lot of debate about what Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell might do with a full offseason to tinker. But I wouldn't expect a jaw-dropping transformation. The offense ended 2012 on a roll after Caldwell replaced Cam Cameron, finding just the right blend of running the ball, throwing deep and moving the chains. Why tinker with what worked? Oh, sure, there will be new wrinkles, but "really not that many, for the most part," Caldwell said in May.

  • The defensive mindset. The absence of icons Lewis and Reed won't be as bizarre as some think. Lewis sat out a lot of 2012 as it was, and although Reed played well, he wasn't an overwhelming presence. Yes, there will be plenty of new faces, but Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees will deploy them as he always does, carefully calculating when to bring the heat. I would argue that the Ravens' defense is going to be more familiar in 2013 than it was in 2012 because it should be more like its old self.

  • The offensive line. This group has undergone steady changes since Harbaugh's first year, when Jared Gaither, Ben Grubbs, Jason Brown, Chris Chester and Willie Anderson started, and there will be another change in 2013 with Birk's retirement. But if Gino Gradkowski replaces him, the line will feature five starters who were in-house in 2012. There's continuity in a place that Harbaugh has frequently described as "a work in progress."

  • Both cornerbacks. It's true the front seven personnel has been overhauled with Elvis Dumervil, Chris Canty and others such as rookies Arthur Brown and Brandon Williams. It's also true that new safeties Michael Huff and Matt Elam are penciled in to roam the back end. But cornerbacks are especially crucial in today's pass-happy NFL, and no matter how the playing time/starting duties shake out with Jimmy Smith, Corey Graham and Lardarius Webb, they're all familiar pieces for Pees. The pass coverage starts there.

  • The kicking game. Nothing can be more annoying for a team than problems on special teams. The Ravens excelled in 2012 with specialists Justin Tucker and Sam Koch, long snapper Morgan Cox and big-play return man Jacoby Jones leading the way. They're all back for more.

  • The roster in general. In all, more than 50 guys who were on the active roster or practice squad in 2012 are back, including the top four scorers, top four rushers, all quarterbacks and five of the top six receivers.

New team, ha.

Yes, changes are coming, but they're still the Ravens you know.


Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos