Last year for the Baltimore Ravens was one of those Who Woulda Thunk seasons where everything just looked to be planned for failure yet reversed its role on the field. A new head coach and a rookie starting quarterback looked like a high hurdle to leap on paper before the kickoff of the season but shrunk in height once they were put into action.
This season, the Ravens have lost a lot of key players and one key coach. Rex Ryan, the defensive mastermind, left for a head coaching job in New York with the Jets, linebacker Bart Scott and safety Jim Leonard departed with him, and fullback Lorenzo Neal moved to the Raiders.
However, the Ravens still remain optimistic because of what happened in 2008 that resulted in a playoff birth and a drive or two away from making the Super Bowl.