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Harbaugh poised to become Ravens' winningest coach

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Harbaugh poised to become Ravens' winningest coach

Considering John Harbaugh’s success as an NFL head coach, more teams should look closely at position coaches as potential head coaches.

The Ravens need just nine wins next season for Harbaugh to become the winningest coach in franchise history, passing Brian Billick (80 wins). History says Harbaugh will achieve that goal. He has averaged 10.2 wins per season (72 victories) during his seven-year tenure, and has clearly established himself as one of the NFL’s best coaches.

Harbaugh made the unorthodox leap from defensive backs coach with the Eagles to head coach of the Ravens in 2008. He spent nine seasons  (1998-2006) as the Eagles special teams coach, and had never been an offensive or defensive coordinator.

Yet, Harbaugh was clearly ready for the job. He’s never had a losing season. The Ravens have made the playoffs in six of his seven seasons, including their victory in Super Bowl XLVII.

Meanwhile, being on Harbaugh’s staff has paid dividends for others. Four former Harbaugh assistants are currently NFL head coaches – Jim Caldwell (Lions), Gary Kubiak (Broncos), Chuck Pagano (Colts), and Rex Ryan (Bills).

Whatever he’s doing during this down time of the NFL calendar, you can bet Harbaugh is already looking forward to the start of training camp later this month. At age 52, Harbaugh still runs practices with as much energy, if not more, than when he arrived in Baltimore.

Having Harbaugh has to be listed as one of the Ravens’ strengths as they look ahead to the 2015 season. In 2008, owner Steve Bisciotti and general manager Ozzie Newsome made a bold move that paid off. Harbaugh has still never been an offensive or defensive coordinator. And today, nobody cares.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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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