John Harbaugh’s group received six of its remaining seven video games in 2018 to win the AFC North. What can the Baltimore Ravens do to take one other step ahead in ’19?
Throughout head coach John Harbaugh’s first 5 seasons as the pinnacle coach of the Baltimore Ravens, the membership was within the postseason annually, reached the AFC title recreation thrice and received Tremendous Bowl XLVII. Coming into 2018, the group owned a 40-40 regular-season document the earlier 5 years and had attain the playoffs simply as soon as.
After 9 video games in ’18, the Ravens owned a Four-5 document and there have been whispers about Harbaugh’s job. However enter rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson and a change in offensive philosophy – all leading to a 6-1 stretch run and the franchise’s first AFC North title since 2012. So how can Harbaugh’s group construct off final season’s sturdy end?
5. Youth within the secondary
If newly-promoted basic supervisor Eric DeCosta goes to enhance the Ravens from a yr in the past, he might must make some powerful choices on the variety of veteran gamers. Eight-year cornerback Jimmy Smith carries a fairly hefty cap quantity ($15.85 million, through Spotrac) into this upcoming season.
There’s additionally Eric Weddle, who has already speculated about his future with the Baltimore Ravens (through Aaron Kasinitz of PennLive.com). So will the group choose to maintain the savvy 34-year-old security? Add in the truth that veteran cornerback Brandon Carr has 11 NFL seasons below his belt as nicely.
In 2017, the Ravens added a high quality cornerback within the first spherical in former College of Alabama standout Marlon Humphrey. In two seasons, he’s totaled 4 interceptions and knocked down 26 passes in 30 contests.
If Weddle is launched, might both two-year professional Chuck Clark or 2018 sixth-round choose DeShon Elliott (who spent his rookie season on IR), be the inheritor obvious? The Baltimore secondary might have a couple of new seems to be this fall.