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Marchibroda, coach of two Baltimore franchises, dies

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Marchibroda, coach of two Baltimore franchises, dies

Ted Marchibroda, the first head coach in Ravens history and a former Baltimore Colts head coach, passed away Saturday at age 84, the Indianapolis Colts confirmed.

Marchibroda was an offensive innovator and a head coach for three different NFL teams – the Ravens (1996-98), the Baltimore Colts (1975-79), and the Indianapolis Colts (1992-95). He was also an assistant coach with the Redskins, Bears, Lions, Eagles, and Bills, and played quarterback in the NFL with both the Steelers and Chicago Cardinals.

Marchibroda had a successful three-year run with the Colts, leading them to the playoffs for three consecutive seasons (1975-77), and winning a division title (AFC East) in each of those seasons. However, the Colts lost in the first round of the playoffs in each of those years, and Marchibroda was fired by the Baltimore Colts after finishing 5-11 in 1979.

A decade later, Marchibroda had a highly-successful three-year run (1989-91) with the Bills as an offensive coordinator under Marv Levy. The Bills had the NFL’s top-rated offense in 1990, using a no-huddle attack led by quarterback Jim Kelly. But after advancing to Super Bowl XXV, the Bills suffered the first of four consecutive Super Bowl defeats, falling to the Giants, 20-19.

Marchibroda was hired as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts in 1992, after the franchise had moved from Baltimore in 1984. But in 1996, the NFL returned to Baltimore when the Ravens were established, and Marchibroda became the first head coach in franchise history. Marchibroda was 16-31-1 in three seasons with the Ravens before being replaced by Brian Billick.

 

 

 

 

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

Football is back in session for the Ravens.

Their rookies are set to report to the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills, Md Wednesday. Veterans report next Wednesday, the 18th.

The team is reporting to training camp a bit earlier than most NFL teams. Due to Ray Lewis being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Canton, Oh, the Ravens will face the Chicago Bears in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2. Teams participating are eligible to begin training camp earlier.

This rookie class is already generating national attention. While the Ravens stand by Joe Flacco as their QB1, first-round pick Lamar Jackson could cause a shakeup at some point during the season. And when it comes to much-needed offensive help, tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews could begin to provide relief. 

Third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. begins his journey with the Ravens in a more sentimental fashion. His father, Orlando "Zeus" Brown, also played tackle for the Ravens from 1996-98 and then again from 2003-05. Brown passed away in 2011. 

Stay with NBC Sports Washington throughout the next several weeks as we keep a close eye on the Ravens' preseason. 

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

There's only six months until the NFL playoffs and we've got no time to waste.

OK, maybe we're getting a little ahead of ourselves but online betting site, Oddshark, released their early 2018 NFL playoff odds and the Ravens are in a similar situation as previous years.

The Ravens are sitting at +135 — tied for 13th with the San Francisco 49ers — for the best odds to play January football. This would place them in the seventh seed among AFC teams and just outside contention.

The Patriots (-1500), Steelers (-550), Chargers (-145), Jaguars (-140), Texans (-135), and Chiefs (+120) are seeded above them respectively. 

During the 2017 season, the Ravens were constantly in the hunt for the fifth or sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture. Several weeks ahead of training camp, Vegas is predicting that to be the case in 2018.

Playoff odds in July mean nothing, but considering their offseason changes, the Ravens' 2018 season should bring positive change.

They added weapons for Joe Flacco in free agents Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John Brown, and drafted tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews.

Then there was the late first-round draft pick of QB Lamar Jackson. Flacco remains the starter for now, but it will be interesting to see if that changes midway through the season or if they get them both on the field at the same time.

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