The 2008 Ravens Offseason: Four Selections that Changed Everything


Published: September 21, 2009

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... rookie quarterback Joe Flacco got his feet wet, and unlike 2003 Ravens first round pick Kyle Boller, learn from it. It was supposed to be a year where offensive coordinator Cam Cameron begin to develop him like he did Drew Brees and Philip Rivers when Cameron was the "OC" for the San Diego Chargers. The Ravens could expect improvement, but not much more.

In fact, how hard would it be to improve upon the Ravens dreadful year in 2007, in which they went 5-11, and finished near the bottom in every offensive category?

Team GM Ozzie Newsome, a Hall of Fame tight end, has been very successful in his career as an executive when he's needed to reload the team, and soon after the season, he fired head coach Brian Billick, which was a tough—but needed—move. Billick was the head coach in Baltimore from 1999 to 2007, and while it was very up-and-down, he won a Super Bowl, had a solid 80-64 record, and developed a strong relationship with the players. Even kicker Matt St...

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