Fresh off their Super Bowl victory the Baltimore Ravens certainly have a different look to them as they head into the 2013 season.
This upcoming NFL season could be a very special one for the Baltimore Ravens in regard to franchise records. The Ravens, who began play in Baltimore in 1996, changed a city and raised its already passionate fan base to a new level.
Behind every good football team is a decent head coach. Since arriving in Baltimore John Harbaugh has accumulated a 63-30 overall record tying him with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick for the most wins in the league over the last five seasons (2008-12). Many will point out that Harbaugh took over an already talented roster, which is true; however, what he did with them is what makes him special. As the Ravens go into 2013 with a lot of uncertainties Harbaugh has a chance to claim a spot in the record books. If John can lead the Ravens to the postseason again this year he will tie former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher as the only coaches to reach the playoffs in six consecutive seasons (1992-97) to start an NFL head-coaching career.
With every successful head coach comes an elite starting quarterback. I don’t like to use the word “elite” because it tends to start controversy but Flacco is elite to the Ravens franchise. Flacco stepped up his game last season and has been the Ravens’ “Iron Man” since being drafted by the team. When Joe takes the field opening night against the Broncos he will surpass former Raven and fan favorite Jarret Johnson for most consecutive games started with 81. In 2012, Flacco set a single-season career high in passing yards, breaking his previous record of 3,622 from 2010, and could likely surpass that this season. Also in 2013 Joe has a chance to break his own franchise record for career 300-yard passing games (13).
Running back Ray Rice is no doubt a star. The Ravens have had their share of stud running backs in the past and as the 2013 season is on the horizon, Rice can etch his name again in the Ravens record books. Rice is just three touchdowns shy of passing former tight end Todd Heap (41) and nine away from Jamal Lewis’s franchise record. If Rice can stay healthy and manage to run for 1000 yards or more he will become the first player in franchise history to rush for 1,000 yards in five consecutive seasons. Rice will continue his streak of 41 consecutive games played entering 2013, the NFL’s longest-active streak among running backs. Ray will certainly take over the Ravens record for most consecutive games with a reception this season, as he needs just four to bump Heap from the number one spot.
Terrell Suggs has received rave reviews on his appearance this offseason. The 2011 Defensive Player of the Year looks like he shed some pounds and is healthy and has a quickness to him, per the reports coming out of training camp. The Ravens’ reigning “Iron Man” on defense has played in 149 games for the Ravens, good for fifth all time. Suggs, however, if healthy this season can surpass Ed Reed who is currently fourth with 160. Sizzle, with seven, is also just three interceptions away from sixth all-time in Ravens history.
The above mentioned Ravens franchise records are just some of the ones that can be broken this season. There isn’t one person on the Ravens that isn’t about the “team” concept; however, these are just fun facts and something to get you ready for Ravens football 2013.
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