Ravens: In The Harbaugh, Flacco Era, Times Are A-Changin’

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Published: October 2, 2009

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... that the Ravens are a team built on winning games in the trenches. They have always had a smash mouth, physical, hard hitting defense, and a good offensive line. To further demonstrate, the first two draft picks in Ravens history were offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, taken 4th overall, and linebacker Ray Lewis, picked 26th. They have never - ever - been a team of offensive firepower. Sure, in 1996, they ranked 6th in total offense, but that was definitely not an indication of the future.

In 2000, they won a Super Bowl. How? Defense. In 20 games (including playoffs), they allowed 9.5 points per contest, 240.2 yards, and allowed under 200 total yards in nine different games. But because of the lack of balance, the Ravens were never able to showcase some consistency in Brian Billick's tenure as head coach. A pure example of this is how the Ravens fared from 2005 to 2007. In 2005, they finished with six wins, despite being a very appealing Super Bowl pick. And then, the next year...

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