Theres one striking resemblance between Ravens coach John Harbaugh and Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid.
When asked to compare the Ravens offense that uses a hurry-up style vs. the one Reid last faced in 2008, he only would chuckle before refusing to do so.
Im not here to do that comparison, he said.
Reid's influence can be seen on Harbaugh, who also refuses to make comparisons when it comes to previous teams and personnel. He was special teams coordinator with the Eagles from 1998-2006 and a secondary coach in 2007 before taking the Ravens job. Reid is entering his 14th season as coach.
Though Harbaugh played at Philadelphia in a preseason game last year, this one counts. That experience was an eerie one for Harbaugh. He expects it to have similar emotions Sunday.
It is like every other game, because its an important game. Its a tough opponent. Its a tough venue, Harbaugh said. But it is special. Anytime you get back and you drive up to the same parking lot you drove into for a number of years as a coach, or a player, and see a lot of familiar faces it means a lot. And it really doesnt hit you until you get there. Then, all of a sudden, your emotions flood up on you.
I assume this year will be the same, or even more intense.
Reid emphasized that Harbaughs experience as a special teams coach tends to be overlooked compared with coordinators when league executives look for head-coaching candidates.
He was really in a very underrated position being a special teams coach, Reid said. People dont understand that he deals with as many (players) as what the head coach does as far as getting the whole team together to function as a special teams unit.
Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.
On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.
The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.
"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website.
Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.
Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.
On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below.
In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change.
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Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.
Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.
That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32.
Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back.
However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.
If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward.
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