- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 7, 2011

BALTIMORE RAVENS

THE BASICS

Coach: John Harbaugh (32-16 in three seasons)

Offensive coordinator: Cam Cameron

Defensive coordinator: Chuck Pagano

Last season: 12-4 (second in AFC North)

KEY PLAYERS

LT Bryant McKinnie: The Ravens gave up 40 sacks a season ago. McKinnie’s addition was made to keep pass rushers off of QB Joe Flacco.

QB Joe Flacco: It’s Flacco’s team with WR Derrick Mason, RB Willis McGahee, NT Kelly Gregg and TE Todd Heap gone. Flacco has taken more of a leadership role within the team this preseason.

DT Haloti Ngata: Ngata dropped 20 pounds during the lockout in an attempt to be in better shape at the end of the season. He’s hoping to improve Baltimore’s pass rush, which only generated 27 sacks a year ago.

FB Vonta Leach: Leach was brought in to help RB Ray Rice and the running game. Rice saw his yards per carry average drop by 1.3 yards from 2009 to 2010. Leach is hoping to lead the way to get Rice’s numbers get back to where they were.

OLB Terrell Suggs: Suggs has performed better in even years, being a Pro Bowler in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. Odd years seem to be his off years. He’s hoping to break that trend in 2011.

GOOD THINGS WILL HAPPEN IF

It all starts with the offensive line giving quarterback Joe Flacco more time in the pocket. If they can, and Flacco can make plays downfield to receivers Anquan Boldin and Lee Evans, then that will help produce a more balanced offense with Ray Rice and Ricky Williams in the backfield.

BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN IF

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