In 2008 the Baltimore Ravens made a change in the head coach department, firing former coach Brian Billick after a dismal 2007 when they had a 5-11 season and won only one game in their division.
They brought in first-year head coach John Harbough, who served his entire coaching career with the Philadelphia Eagles as the team's defensive backs and also was the Eagles' special teams coach for nine years.
Harbough has a winning attitude, and in his two seasons with the Ravens it is becoming obvious.
The 2010 season looks as if it could be a very pleasing one for the Baltimore Ravens and their fans with 2008 first-round pick (18th overall) Joe Flacco and newly-acquired WR Anquan Boldin.
For years it was all about the play-making ability of the Ravens' defense, with linebacker Ray Lewis taking care of business in the middle while taking on the responsibility of being the outspoken leader.
They also have DB Ed Reed securing the secondary, who is a five-time Pro Bowler and 2004 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He has earned consideration to be the absolute best safety in the NFL.
But in recent years not only do the Ravens have an explosive defense, their offense is also starting to come together.
In the 2010 offseason the Ravens have brought in two more-than-capable wide receivers in Anquan Boldin, who the Ravens gave up their 2010 third- and fourth-round picks to get, and signed Donte Stallworth to a one-year contract.
Boldin is locked up for the next four years as the Ravens and he have come to agreements to a contract keeping him around through 2013.
Smart move to acquire Boldin but in a very deep draft of talented players, I do have to question both picks coming from this years draft alone—why not this year's third and a 2011 pick of some sort?
The Ravens have also signed an under the radar DE in Cory Redding.
Redding fits the bill of a good player being on poor teams. Being drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2003, his best season came in 2006 when he started all 16 games, accumulated eight sacks, and also forced two fumbles.
He has the skill set, he just needed a good team to be a part of—and now he does, so Ravens fans have at the very least a good backup at DE.
With the Ravens defense being among the best in the business since 2000 and their offense coming together nicely, a good draft could make this team a serious contender in 2010.
With only having a total of five picks, three in the first 156, the Ravens need to try and acquire an earlier round draft pick by either combining a player and a pick or see if they can find a team (say the Eagles, who have two picks in each of the second, third, and fourth rounds) to swap up with them.
If they can't, however, they are still in an OK position to have an impact draft. They still hold their first-round pick (25th overall) and also their second (57th overall) so they can get a couple of immediate play-makers.
I've read an article on the Ravens' website titled "Ravens Eye WRs, But In 1st Round?". This one makes me scratch my head not only a little, but a lot. I would be shocked to see the Ravens take a WR in the first round.
In all, even if they only keep the picks they have, the Ravens are still to be considered playoff bound in 2010 and two real good draft picks could take them deep into the postseason.