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Ravens In ‘Enviable’ Position

SI.com’s King compares the Harbaugh brothers’ contrasting positions as a lockout looms.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

As an NFL work stoppage looms heading into the weekend, SI.com’s Peter King believes the Ravens have an advantage over other teams.

If there is an interruption to offseason minicamps, organized team activities and team-sponsored workouts in general, the fact that the Ravens have a franchise quarterback in Joe Flacco and a tenured coaching staff makes up for a lot of deficiencies.

“They’re in the enviable position that only about a third of the league’s teams are, where they’re not having any major changes in the offseason because you can’t do very much with them,” King said at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Having made the playoffs the past three seasons with Head Coach John Harbaugh and Flacco at the helm, the Ravens have the consistency needed for a smooth transition into the 2011 campaign.

They face a much different scenario than Harbaugh’s brother, Jim, who takes over a 6-10 San Francisco 49ers franchise without a concrete starter under center.

NFL owners and the NFL Players Association are working on a new collective bargaining agreement, but if negotiations falter before the March 4 expiration, teams in transition like the
49ers could be hurt.

“[Jim's] ‘welcome to the NFL’ moment is you can’t have any offseason programs until there is a new deal in place,” King explained. “It could be months. And, he has no idea who the quarterback of the future is. I’d say there are probably about 10 teams right now that are in the luxurious position of not having made major changes on their team.”

The biggest change the Ravens made was to their defensive coordinator position – where Chuck Pagano was promoted from within when Greg Mattison left for the University of Michigan. The Ravens also promoted Andy Moeller from assistant to top offensive line coach and gave Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron more duties with the quarterback after Jim Zorn was released.

“I think that in general, they haven’t changed really anything about their scheme,” said King. “And even though they’re losing their quarterbacks coach, they’re not really changing anything on the offense.”

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