Rookie coach John Harbaugh comes in to rebuild a Baltimore Ravens (5-11) team that went from 13 victories and a postseason appearance in 2006 to five wins and watching the playoffs on TV in 2007. Harbaugh likes aggressive offenses, and with the retirement of veteran QB Steve McNair, he’ll be building his attack through former Ravens’ backup signal caller Kyle Boller.
Boller (275 ATT, 168 COMP, 1,743 YDS, 9 TDs, 10 INT), who saw a decent amount of action last season, will start. He needs to make better and quicker reads and decisions while in the pocket. Rookie QB Joe Flacco comes in with a whole lot of talent and experience and could be a future starter. Versatile RB Willis McGahee (294 ATT, 1,207 YDS, 4.1 AVG, 7 TDs) proved that he could run and that he could catch (43 REC, 231 YDS, 5.4 AVG, 1 TD). But the club needs more depth at running back. They’ll look to rookie Ray Rice to help. The offensive line allowed 39 sacks in 2007. They should be better this year but are a good year away from being the unit they can and should be. The wideouts are sound, but there’s no standout, star player in this group.
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