OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that he would retain all of his coordinators, including offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who many thought would be replaced.
The decision to keep Mornhinweg will leave Harbaugh open to second guessing, after an 8-8 season in which the offense struggled for consistency. But Harbugh insisted at his season-ending press conference that he believed in Mornhinweg, who took over when Marc Trestman was fired after five games.
Harbugh also insisted the offense would become more balanced next year, after a season in which Drew Brees of the Saints was the only quarterback to attempt more passes than Joe Flacco.
“Marty believes in running the football and I believe in running the football,” Harbaugh said. “We have not the run the football well enough, or enough. And that has to change.”
But one of the changes will not be a new offensive coordinator. That may not be a popular decision with the Ravens’ fan base, which watched the team fail to make the playoffs in three of the last four seasons.
However, Harbaugh said it was his decision to keep Morningweg, after frequent discussions with general manager Ozzie Newsome and owner Steve Bisciotti.
“I’m making those decisions,” said Harbaugh, in regard to his coaching staff. “Ozzie and Steve Bisciotti have given me that responsibility. That’s my job. Those decisions are taken very seriously. In my heart, in my gut, and in my headset, this is the best way to go.”
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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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