The 2012 Baltimore Ravens
|2012 Baltimore Ravens|
|Head Coach||John Harbaugh|
|Defensive Coach||Dean Pees|
|Offensive Coach||Cam Cameron / Jim Caldwell|
|WK 1Mon Sep 10 2012 - CIN||W 44-13|
|WK 2Sun Sep 16 2012 - @PHI||L 23-24|
|WK 3Sun Sep 23 2012 - NEG||W 31-30|
|WK 4Thu Sep 27 2012 - CLE||W 23-16|
|WK 5Sun Oct 07 2012 - @KNC||W 9-6|
|WK 6Sun Oct 14 2012 - DAL||W 31-29|
|WK 7Sun Oct 21 2012 - @TEX||L 13-43|
|WK 8 Bye|
|WK 9Sun Nov 04 2012 - @CLE||W 25-15|
|WK 10Sun Nov 11 2012 - OAK||W 55-20|
|WK 11Sun Nov 18 2012 - @PIT||W 13-10|
|WK 12Sun Nov 25 2012 - @SDG||W 16-13|
|WK 13Sun Dec 02 2012 - PIT||L 20-23|
|WK 14Sun Dec 09 2012 - @WAS||L 28-31|
|Previous season||Next season|
The 2012 Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl 47 defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in New Orleans. They finished the year 10-6, winning the AFC North and seeded 4th. They beat the Colts at home and then traveled to Denver to upset the Bronocs in double overtime. They went to the New England Patriots for the AFC championship game and easily defeated them. However, the team the Ravens fielded during the regular season was significantly weaker than the previous year. The 2011 defense finished the year ranked 3rd but the 2012 team was one of the worst through out the whole season, always ranking the bottom half of the rankings. This was expected as the Ravens lost their defensive coordinator to a coaching job, and Jarrett Johnson and Cory Redding to free agency. Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Sugges started the year injured and missed the first six games of the season. The Ravens suffered other injuries on the defense throughout the year, including Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb. The offensive numbers were a little better than the year before but the unit was very inconstant, scoring lots of points in one game and then following it up with a bad offensive game. After the Ravens lost to the Washington Redskins on Week 14, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was let go one day after the game.
Ray Lewis announced his retirement a few days before the Ravens first playoff game. In the playoffs, Flacco played very well, throwing 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. He was also the Super Bowl MVP.
 Coaching Moves
As a result of a successful season, the Ravens lost defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano to a head coaching job the week after the.Ravens lost to the Patriots in the AFC title game. The man Pagano replaced, Jim Caldwell of the Colts, was hired to become quarterbacks coach by the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens promoted from within to replace Pagano. Former Rutgers running backs coach Chris Hewitt joined the Ravens staff as the assistant special teams coach, taking the spot vacated by Marwan Maalouf, who went with Chuck Pagano to Indianapolis as the Colts special teams coordinator. Matt Weiss, who has served as John Harbaugh’s assistant the past three seasons, has been promoted to defensive assistant. He is replacing Roy Anderson who also went to Indianapolis to be the safeties coach. After the Ravens loss to the Redskins during week 14, the Ravens fired Cam Cameron and promoted Jim Caldwell to offensive coordinator.
 Extensions and Tenders
At the end of the 2011 season, the Ravens had 13 unrestricted free agents. The Ravens placed the franchise tag on Ray Rice right before free agency officially started. The Ravens were able to resign the following unrestricted free agents to contracts: Brendon Ayanbadejo, Jameel McClain, Matt Birk, and Chavis Williams. The Ravens lost the following unrestricted free agents: Ben Grubbs (New Orleans), Cory Redding (Indianapolis), Jarret Johnson (San Diego), Haruki Nakamura (Carolina), Brandon McKinney (Indianapolis), Chris Carr (Minnesota) and Tom Zbikowski (Indianapolis).
Before free agency offically started, the Ravens offered tenders to cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Cary Williams and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. Webb reportedly got a first-round tender while Williams and Ellerbe were assigned a second-round tender. In April, the Ravens gave Lardarius Webb a six-year, $50 million contract which includes a $10 million signing bonus and $20 million guaranteed. Ellerbe signed his tender in April and Williams in May. The tender for Williams carries a $1.927 million salary for the 2012 season. In August, Williams rejected a three year, $15 million offer from the Ravens. 
The Ravens extended the contract of Bernard Pollard by three years in May.
In July, the Ravens signed the Ray Rice to a 5-year, $40 million deal.
 Free Agent Signings
Because of cap space restrictions, the Ravens were not very active when free agency officially started on March 13. The Ravens first free agent signings were cornerback Corey Graham and safety Sean Considine on March 23. One month later, in April, the Ravens signed former Colts Qb Curtis Painter. The Ravens also tried out Kyle Boller but opted to go with Painter. The Ravens went on to sign the following free agents; Ryan McBean, Jacoby Jones, Maake Kemoeatu, Bobbie Williams, Ricky Brown, Darryl Blackstock, Cordaro Howard, Tony Wragge , Stevie Baggs , Logan Payne
Week before free agency officially started, the Ravens cut Chris Carr, Lee Evans and Domonique Foxworth. After free agency started, the Ravens lost the following unrestricted players to other teams; Ben Grubbs (New Orleans), Cory Redding (Indianapolis), Jarret Johnson (San Diego), Haruki Nakamura (Carolina), Brandon McKinney (Indianapolis), Chris Carr (Minnesota) and Tom Zbikowski (Indianapolis).
These players were cut during training camp: Billy Cundiff, Davon Drew
 The Draft
|Round 2 (35 overall)||Courtney Upshaw||OLB||Alabama|
|Round 2 (60 overall)||Kelechi Osemele||G-T||Iowa State|
|Round 3 (84 overall)||Bernard Pierce||RB||Temple|
|Round 4 (98 overall)||Gino Gradkowski||C-G||Delaware|
|Round 4 (130 overall)||Christian Thompson||FS||S.C. State|
|Round 5 (169 overall)||Asa Jackson||CB||Cal Poly|
|Round 6 (198 overall)||Tommy Streeter||WR||Miami|
|Round 7 (236 overall)||DeAngelo Tyson||DT||Georgia|
 Voluntary Conditioning Program
The Ravens began their voluntary conditioning prograrm on April 16.
 Training Camp
Training camp kicked off on July 26. Going in to training camp, these positions were up for battle; kicking, defensive end, cornerback, third wide receiver, backup quarterback, backup running back, third tight end, left guard:
- Backup RB: The battle was between Anthony Allen, Damien Berry, Bernard Pierce and Bobby Rainey. Berry ended on IR and Rainey was cut. Allen and Berry won the backup jobs.
- Left Guard: Bobbie Williams vs. Jah Reid vs. Kelechi Osemele. This battle was won by Kelechi Osemele. He started week one.
- Cornerback: Cary Williams vs. Jimmy Smith. Cary Williams was the starter week 1.
- Nose tackle: Terence Cody vs. Ma'ake Kemoeatu. Ma'ake Kemoeatu was the starter week 1.
- Outside linebacker: Courtney Upshaw vs. Albert McClellan. Albert McClellan was the starter week 1.
- Kicker: Billy Cundiff vs. Justin Tucker. Justin Tucker won this battle. Cundiff was cut during training camp.
The Ravens held an open practice on August 4th at M&T Bank Stadium, August 12 in Annapolis at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, and August 19 at Stevenson's Mustang Stadium in Westminster. 
Ed Reed, who had threatened to hold out, showed up to training camp two days early.
Tight Ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta suffered injuries forcing them to miss time. Pitta broke his hand in late July and Dickson sprained his shoulder during the first preseason game.
Oher started the first two preseason games at left tackle. For the third preseason game, Oher moved to right tackle and Bryant McKinnie started at left tackle.
Ryan McBean was lost for the season after injuring his ankle during the first preseason game.
Bobby Rainey out shined all running backs during training camp but was cut the day of the opening season. The Ravens promoted Anthony Allen from the practice squad. However, Bobby Rainey cleared waivers and was on the Ravens practice squad days later.
 Preseason Games
Game Three: The Ravens defeated the Jaguars 48-17 at home. Flacco played into the third quarter and completed 27 of 36 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. Billy Cundiff did not get any reps while Justin Tucker handled all kicks ...It was the most points scored by the Ravens since they had 38 vs. the New York Giants in 2001. ... Emanuel Cook broke his leg and will miss the whole season. 
 Regular Season
 The Games
The Ravens opened the season at home on Monday Night Football against the Bengals. The Ravens easily won 44-13. What was more interesting was the Ravens featuring their no huddle offense and the new look offensive line. The Ravens rolled the dice a little by starting Ramon Harewood and Kelechi Osemele at the two guard spots, both of them making their NFL debut. Flacco played very well in the first game of the year and was named AFC Offensive Player of the week. In week 2, the Ravens traveled to Philadelphia and lost a close one 21-20. On Sunday Night Football in week 3, they won a crazy one 31-30, beating the Patriots at home in a game that featured 24 penalties and 900 yards of offense. On September 27, the Ravens squeaked by the Browns on Thursday Night Football. They traveled to Kansas City the following week and won a close one 9-6. They survived the Cowboys 31-29 on October 14th to go to 5-1, tied for first place in the AFC. However, the win against the Cowboys came at a cost as the Ravens lost Lardarius Webb and Ray Lewis for the entire season to injuries. The following week the Ravens got Terrel Suggs back from injury but they were crushed in Houston 43-13. Week 8 the Ravens had their bye and traveled to Cleveland the following week and won 25-15. Week 10 the Ravens had their best offensive outing as the crushed the Raiders 55-20. The following week they traveled to Pittsburgh and beat the Roethlisberger-less Steelers 13-10. The traveled to San Diego in Week 12 and escaped with 16-13 overtime win. From Week 13-15, the Ravens had a three game loosing streak, as they lost their hold on the number 2 to seed to the Broncos and the Patriots. During those three weeks, they lost to the Steelers and the Broncos at home, and to the Redskins at Fedex Field. After loosing to the Redskins, the Ravens let go of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
The Ravens defense struggled at the beginning of the season. After five games, the Ravens were 24th in total defense, 20th against the run and were tied for 22nd in pass defense. During the off season the Ravens lost their defensive coordinator and other key players. During the season, they lost other key players to injury, among them Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb. Terrell Suggs, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, who had suffered an offseason injury, did not make his return until week 7.
Significant improvement in the Ravens defense were made through out the season, however. One factor was the move by coordinator Dean Pees from calling plays on the sideline to calling them from a coach's booth. Another factor was that the Ravens finally got healthy towards the end of the season. Ray Lewis made his return at the end of the season. The Ravens eventually finished ranked 17th. Their ranking had reached as low as 28th.
The Ravens also had discipline problems. They were missing too many tackles and didn't keep their eyes in the right position. This problem was fixed coming out of the bye. 
Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was a Pro Bowler for the fourth straight season, but he was banged up for much of the year and unable to play up to his full potential for parts of the season. Beside him, nose tackles Terrence Cody and Ma’ake Kemoeatu struggled as run stuffers at times and the group was an uncharacteristic 20th in the league at against the run.
The Ravens featured a new look offensive line in 2012, featuring two players making their NFL debut (Ramon Harewood and Kelechi Osemele). However, besides center Matt Birk and right guard Marshal Yanda, all other offensive line possessions saw very many changes. Ramon Harewood started the first five games at left guard but lost his starting possession to Bobbie Williams. Michael Oher started the year playing right tackle but was soon moved to left tackle. McKinnie lost his starting job before the season, then hardly played for much of the year. He dealt with weight issues and a hip flexor injury, but he played well in the playoffs.
The Ravens offense excelled at protecting the football during the regular season and turned the ball over just 16 times, the lowest mark in franchise history. The 16 turnovers (11 interceptions and five fumbles) were the second-lowest in the NFL.
 Special Teams
This unit made the most improvement from the previous year. The Ravens chose to cut kicker Billy Cundiff and sign rookie Justin Tucker. Tucker, through week 11, had only missed 2 field goals. Another addition to the unit was wide receiver Jacobey Jones. Through week 11, he had 3 returns for a touchdown.
 Pro Bowl
Six Baltimore Ravens were voted to the Pro Bowl. S Ed Reed, DT Haloti Ngata, FB Vonta Leach, RB Ray Rice, G Marshal Yanda and RS Jacoby Jones were selected to play in the NFL's All-Star game. However, the Ravens advanced to the Super Bowl, so none of the players participated in the Pro Bowl.
- Oct 26 - Ravens fined $20000 for not putting Ed Reed's name on injured list 
- Nov 19 - Ed Reed was suspended one game for making an illegal hit 
53 - On the opening day 53-man roster
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- ↑ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000053876/article/emanuel-cook-to-miss-baltimore-ravens-season-with-broken-leg
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