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Street Talk Ravens Still Team to Beat in AFCN

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In 2008 Steve Bisciotti hired John Harbaugh to be the head coach of the Ravens. Since then he’s created a winning culture most teams struggle to ever find. In fact, he’s gone 104-72 in the regular season and 16-10 in the playoffs. What makes you think it’s going to change?

It’s no secret the Ravens are all in on Lamar Jackson. They started the offseason by promoting Greg Roman to offensive coordinator, then added David Culley, a former Andy Reid right hand man, to coach the wide receivers and serve as the passing game coordinator. Jackson has the perfect blend of coaches to maximize his abilities. Then in his first draft as the Ravens GM, Eric DeCosta drafted Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin, Justice Hill, and Ben Powers to grow with Jackson.

Speaking of Jackson, he’s going to improve as a thrower and a runner. Expect fewer fumbles, better accuracy, and bigger plays when he runs. All signs throughout training camp show him growing as a player and leader of the team. Sure, the Ravens lack the proven superstar skill position player, but they have a bunch of talented guys who only need to go make plays when called upon for this offense to be very effective.

I’ve heard the whispers suggesting the Ravens defense lost too many guys. I even saw someone say the defense was “gutted.”

I’m not buying it. Yes, they lost a few key pieces in free agency but it’s time for other young defenders to be the next men up. They also signed a pretty good player named Earl Thomas that gives them a rangy free safety similar to Ed Reed. By the way, enjoy Wink Martindale while he lasts because I think he will be a head coach somewhere else in the NFL next year. In his second year as defensive coordinator he is going to get the most out of this young and talented group. In other words, the defense will be fine!

I feel like I’m leaving someone out. Oh yeah, Justin Tucker. Look no further than Minnesota, who recently traded a 5th round pick for Kaare Vedvik only to see him missing kicks left and right. The Bears are laughing but know deep down they would’ve traded for him too. The point is Tucker and the “Wolfpack” make the special teams unit one of the best in the league.

The Ravens have the most complete team in the AFC North. They finished last season 10-6 and won the division. With the organization’s stability, great coaching, and growth of young players why wouldn’t they be the team to beat?

submitted by Mike Hickey

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Born and raised in Maryland, Mike immediately became a Ravens fan when it was announced they were coming to Baltimore. Look for him to keep you up to date with excitement and concerns surrounding the team all year round. Warning: His glass can go from half full to half empty at any given moment. More from Michael Hickey

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