In 1996, professional football, after an absence of twelve seasons, returned to Baltimore, Maryland in form of the Ravens. Edgar Allan Poe, a former resident of Baltimore and a poet, inspired the name Ravens – his poetry did. Furthermore, the team’s fans played a central role in narrowing down the list of likely names to Marauders, Ravens, and Americans – 21,108 out of 33,288 voters (via a telephone poll) chose Ravens.
Ted Marchibroda was the team’s first coach. He was the Baltimore Colts’ head trainer between 1975 and 1979. During his first year with the Colts, he took a club with a 2-12 posting in 1974 and contrived the then most remarkable seasonal U-turn in the history of the NFL by posting 10-4 a year later. The reversal was the first time in the history of the league that a team, in just a season, jumped from last to first.
The team’s first win in its history was in September 1996 when the Oakland Raiders lost 19-14 to the Ravens – it was the Ravens’ first regular season fixture. Presently, under Ozzie Newsome, the team’s GM (General Manager) and Player Personnel VP (Vice President), Baltimore has grown into one among the league’s exclusive franchises.
In 1999, the Ravens employed Brian Billick, a long-time league deputy coach, to manage the training reins. During his second season, Billick, with the assistance of a defense that did not allow points in the course of a 16-match regular season, led the Ravens to a rousing 34-7 triumph in Super Bowl XXXV. Also, the Ravens have John Harbaugh as their coach; he was employed prior to 2008. Alongside quarterback Joe Flacco, Coach Harbaugh in 2012 attained a remarkable first – the two became the first in the history of the league to triumph in a playoff match in every one of their first 5 seasons. Harbaugh and Flacco helped the Ravens record a Super Bowl XLVII win.
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