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Bisciotti's belief in continuity different than some NFL owners

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Bisciotti's belief in continuity different than some NFL owners

OWINGS MILLS – The angst of a difficult season did not make Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti change how much he valued continuity.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn’t have to worry about getting the phone call that Lovie Smith got Wednesday night, when the Buccaneers called to fire Smith as head coach after just two seasons.  Harbaugh still has a splendid track record of success – six playoff seasons in eight years, including a Super Bowl victory and 10 career playoff wins. But Harbaugh also had a boss in Bisciotti who refused to overreact after the Ravens’ 5-11 season.

“If you go through the league, the winning teams are the ones that have the least turnover in their front office and their coaching staffs,” Bisciotti said Thursday during the “State of the Ravens” press conference. “It’s stark. You just don’t turn things over. You guys would be getting a whole lot more juice if you were down in Tampa. You’re missing their press conference. They’re doing one right now. You’d have a whole lot more to write about.

“I’m proud of these guys (Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome). I like John as much as I did when we hired him eight years ago. You just can’t turn things over based on your record. That just sends you down. You might have a blip up, but we want the blip down to be the abnormality. 

“The other teams that aren’t getting to the top are the ones that have been through two, three, and four coaches, and one, two, and three different GM’s in just this last seven or eight years. Continuity I think is a huge part of the recipe for success.”

The flip side is that Bisciotti expects to be rewarded for his faith in the people running the Ravens’ football operations. Newsome, at age 59, said he was more motivated than ever to get the Ravens back into the playoff.

“I still enjoy every aspect of my job,” Newsome said. “I have no problem getting up, coming to work every day. If and when I do decide to leave this organization, whether it’s by my decision or Steve’s, I want this organization to be as healthy as it’s ever been when I decide to step away.”

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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