On Now
Coming Up
  • Tue., Dec. 06, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST Purple Wine & Dine The night will include appetizers, a gourmet dinner served in front of each attendee by our stadium chefs, open bar and a custom Ravens giveaway. Ravens players will be in attendance to meet with all attendees, sign autographs, take photographs and mingle throughout the evening.
  • Wed., Dec. 07, 2016 12:30 PM EST Live Press Conference Head coach John Harbaugh and key players will address the media following practice.
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 3:00 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
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST Ravens Report Hosted by WUSA-TV's Kristen Berset, Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Created by Ravens Productions, this magazine-style show features behind-the-scenes access to Ravens players and coaches as they prepare for each week's opponent.
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST Ravens Report See the plays, hear the sideline conversations and feel the hits on Ravens Wired, the only behind-the-scenes show featuring a Ravens player wired for sound during each week's game. Go behind the Ravens bench for in-game adjustments and inside the locker room for Head Coach John Harbaugh's post-game speech. Produced by Ravens Productions, Ravens Wired is hosted by WBAL-TV's Keith Mills.
  • Sun., Dec. 11, 2016 1:00 AM - 1:30 AM EST Ravens Unscripted Ravens beat writers Ryan Mink and Garrett Downing join our host to tackle the latest Ravens headlines and hottest topics. Each week's show, brought to you by Ravens Productions, also features a special guest, including prominent sports media, front office staff, players or other Ravens insiders.
  • Mon., Dec. 12, 2016 8:00 PM EST Live Game Audio Broadcast Listen to the live WBAL broadcast of the Ravens at Patriots on BaltimoreRavens.com.
  • Mon., Dec. 12, 2016 8:30 PM EST Purple Club Happy Hour What's better than Happy Hour specials and Baltimore Ravens football? A Purple Club Happy Hour! Join the Purple club this season at various Buffalo Wild Wings locations to watch the Ravens on the road.
  • Mon., Dec. 12, 2016 11:45 PM EST Live Post Game Presser John Harbaugh and key players will address the media following the game.
  • Sat., Dec. 17, 2016 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST Ravens Report Hosted by WUSA-TV's Kristen Berset, Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Created by Ravens Productions, this magazine-style show features behind-the-scenes access to Ravens players and coaches as they prepare for each week's opponent.

News

Print
RSS

Ray Lewis Doesn't Know Ravens' Next Leader

Posted Mar 14, 2013

Baltimore has lost leaders in Ray Lewis, Anquan Boldin, Matt Birk and Bernard Pollard.


Ray Lewis, Anquan Boldin, Matt Birk and Bernard Pollard.

That’s 49 years of combined veteran leadership that won’t be on the Ravens roster next year.

Considering safety Ed Reed is an unrestricted free agent, 11 more years could be added.

So who will be the leader in Baltimore’s locker room?

Lewis, who now works as an ESPN analyst, weighed in Wednesday afternoon.

“Leadership wise, how do you replace this and how do you replace that?” Lewis said. “I think [General Manager] Ozzie [Newsome] does a great job in what he does. At the same time, I believe he has his work cut out for him. But I think he’s up for the challenge.”

Lewis said he couldn’t point to a particular player.

“Right now I could not answer that question for you and be confident with saying, ‘The next person is this, the next person is that,’” he said. “It’s really hard to replace … I was a cornerstone there for 17 years.”

Lewis said he earned his chair as leader not only through his play on the field, but by virtue of his experience with the team. Other players knew he was committed to the Ravens and that they were committed to him.

But it all began in 1996 when the Ravens selected Lewis in the first round. And the linebacker feels Baltimore may have to find leadership from the draft once again.

“Now you’ll have to find that all over again,” Lewis said. “You’ll have to find a player to invest that much in, to say, ‘OK, take over our team, take over our locker room and control what the chemistry should be like in here.’ I don’t know if you can find that through the draft. Hopefully you can.”

If the Ravens don’t find their next leader in the draft, other candidates include quarterback Joe Flacco, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, running back Ray Rice, wide receiver Torrey Smith, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and guard Marshal Yanda.

Lewis said he will continue to be around the Ravens program even though he’s now working in the media, so Baltimore could potentially call on him from time-to-time.

But it won’t be the same as having him in the building studying film and showing players how to be a professional through his work ethic and private conversations.

Lewis has been watching the Ravens’ offseason from afar, and said he was texting back and forth with linebacker Paul Kruger before he decided to sign with the Cleveland Browns. He said the shake-up in Baltimore reminded him of 2001 when the Ravens dropped quarterback Trent Dilfer.

“I just didn’t agree with the moves that we made,” Lewis said, referring to 2001.

Lewis has taken notice of the Ravens’ free-agent departures this offseason, and gave his take on what the team should do now.

“[The Ravens] do have a lot of young pieces there and hopefully they are going to build around that through free agency and then go on through the draft,” he said.

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