Looking at Ravens’ Biggest Offseason Losses and Their Replacements

No crew has suffered extra losses this offseason than the Ravens, each on the roster and the teaching workers.

The Baltimore Banner’s Jonas Shaffer ranked the Ravens’ 10 largest offseason losses, as measured by their worth to final yr’s crew, and their seemingly or precise replacements in 2024. Here are the highest 4:

Defensive Coordinator Mike Macdonald

“Throw within the assistant coaches the Ravens’ protection misplaced this offseason — Associate Head Coach and Defensive Line Coach Anthony Weaver (Miami Dolphins) and Defensive Backs Coach Dennard Wilson (Tennessee Titans) — and that is a straightforward one. Maybe no unit’s workers final season was extra spectacular. Under Macdonald, the Ravens grew to become the primary crew in trendy NFL historical past to guide the league in scoring protection, sacks and takeaways in the identical season. Their defensive workers married spectacular participant growth — not one of the Ravens’ 4 All-Pro gamers over the previous two seasons had been so honored — with schematic complexity.

Replacement: This one’s a certain factor: Zach Orr. After Macdonald was named the Seattle Seahawks’ coach in January, the previous Ravens inside linebacker was promoted from inside linebackers coach to coordinator. Orr has no play-calling expertise, however he is intimately acquainted with the Ravens’ scheme, personnel and tradition.”

“Clowney was the perfect cross rusher on the NFL’s greatest protection final season, ending with a career-high-tying 9.5 sacks and career-high 71 quarterback pressures, in response to Pro Football Focus, thirteenth most within the NFL. The Ravens generated a considerably larger strain price with Clowney on the sector (43.3%) than with out him (36.4%), in response to the NFL’s Next Gen Stats, regardless of blitzing far much less usually. He signed a two-year, $20 million take care of the Carolina Panthers.

Replacement: Odafe Oweh and David Ojabo have promising pedigrees — Oweh was a first-round decide in 2021, and Ojabo, if wholesome, would’ve been one in 2022 — however neither has delivered a star-making season. Oweh has 13 sacks over three years; Ojabo has two over 5 video games. Even if the Ravens draft a cross rusher late within the first spherical, corresponding to Penn State’s Chop Robinson or Missouri’s Darius Robinson, or re-sign outdoors linebacker Kyle Van Noy, Oweh would undertaking because the breadwinner out large.”

“It’s not simply Queen’s capacity as a blitzer (4 sacks, 26 pressures and loads of picks set for defensive lineman Justin Madubuike) that earned him All-Pro honors and a three-year, $41 million deal from the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s additionally his availability. Queen began each single sport over his Ravens profession and performed no less than 94% of the defensive snaps every of the previous two seasons. Roquan Smith is a power multiplier in the midst of the protection, however there isn’t any assure that his 2024 accomplice could have Queen’s competitiveness or instincts in opposition to the run.

Replacement: Trenton Simpson has spectacular bodily presents — at 6 ft 2, 235 kilos, he ran the 40-yard sprint in 4.43 seconds and did 25 repetitions on the bench press — however he fell to the third spherical final yr after an inconsistent junior season at Clemson. Simpson’s robust efficiency within the Ravens’ regular-season finale (seven tackles, together with two for loss) provided a glimpse at what he might turn out to be. Still, success on the place can elude younger gamers. Just ask Queen.”

“Zeitler was Mr. Reliable for the offensive line. One of the crew’s hardest staff, he began all however 4 video games at proper guard after arriving in 2021 and led the crew in complete snaps over that span. Zeitler graded out as a top-15 guard every of the previous three seasons, in response to PFF, and earned Pro Bowl honors final yr after permitting simply two sacks in 574 pass-blocking snaps. He signed a one-year, $6 million deal final month with the Detroit Lions.

Replacement: Ben Cleveland stepped in for Zeitler when accidents sidelined the veteran late final season, and he graded out properly. A 3rd-round decide in 2021, Cleveland has began simply seven video games over his profession. He may very well be within the combine at left guard, the place the Ravens additionally want to interchange John Simpson, however he has much more expertise on the suitable aspect of the road. Second-year linemen Andrew Vorhees and Sala Aumavae-Laulu, offseason signing Josh Jones, and a Day 1 or Day 2 decide is also within the combine.”

Ravens Involved in Three Top Revenge Games in 2024

NFL.com’s.Adam Rank named his 12 favourite revenge video games for the approaching season, and the Ravens are concerned in three of them, essentially the most of any crew:

Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs

“Many thought the 2023 Ravens — the AFC’s high seeds who notched a convincing divisional spherical win over the up-and-coming Texans — had been going to be the crew to make the leap to the Super Bowl. Not me; I picked the Chiefs. But nonetheless, there was some historical past between Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes, with the wins going the way in which of the latter. The indisputable fact that Kansas City went on to win the Super Bowl makes final season’s dwelling loss within the AFC Championship Game such a bitter tablet to swallow. And whereas a win within the common season will not precisely imply true revenge, you understand Baltimore has circled this showdown.”

“You get the sense the gamers — whereas they could respect one another — actually don’t love one another. And Patrick Queen’s defection from Baltimore to Pittsburgh as a free agent ought to act as type of a superkick on this sequence. It will not be stunning if there’s a little further emotional juice on either side. Queen would undoubtedly wish to show he can stand on his personal as a professional — away from Roquan Smith — after leaving the franchise that declined his fifth-year possibility. Baltimore has loved extra basic success than Pittsburgh just lately, however the Ravens have misplaced seven of their previous eight video games in opposition to the Steelers — and whereas it is true that Lamar Jackson missed lots of these, he hasn’t overwhelmed Pittsburgh since 2019.”

Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals

“This won’t be the primary sport you consider in terms of the Ravens’ 2024 opponents. But security Geno Stone signing with the Bengals needs to be among the finest strikes in free company — or, no less than, the perfect transfer no person is speaking about. The Bengals wanted some assist in the secondary after dropping key items over the previous few years, together with Jessie Bates and Chidobe Awuzie. Stone, who simply recorded seven INTs and 9 passes defensed in a breakout 2023 season for Baltimore, is a younger cornerstone for Cincy’s protection who got here at a reasonably reasonably priced worth (two years, $15 million).”

John Harbaugh Makes It to Final Four in ‘Best Coach within the NFL’ Tournament

In the spirit of March Madness, the NFL on Fox put collectively the “Best Coach in the NFL” tournament. The bracket divides the coaches by convention and ranks them from one to 16. The winners in every spherical are decided by fan votes on-line.

John Harbaugh, the No. 2 seed within the AFC, made it to the convention closing, the place he was eradicated by No. 1 seed Andy Reid of the Chiefs.

Along the way in which, Harbaugh scored lopsided victories over the New England Patriots’ Jerod Mayo, Jacksonville Jaguars’ Doug Pederson, and Miami Dolphins’ Mike McDaniel.

Reid is going through the Detroit Lions’ Dan Campbell within the finals. Campbell beat the Los Angeles Rams’ Sean McVay within the NFC closing.

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