2005 record: 6–10
2005 Record: 11-6, AFC North Champions
IN THE HOOD skinny: The Ravens struggled mightily in 2005. Brian Billick was called to task by the owner, and management has made several moves to right the ship. It’s time for the players to heed the call and play like a team. Their time is now. Management can no longer tolerate the “me first” attitude. ITH believes that Steve McNair brings an element of leadership to the offense that has been missing since the departure of Shannon Sharpe. Higher productivity by the offense translates into less pressure on the defense, which will yield a fresher and sharper unit at crunch time. Look for the Ravens to contend for a playoff spot, but they have way too many question marks to assume with confidence that they will achieve one.