The offseason for the Baltimore Ravens officially started after their devastating loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Saturday, and the team has already begun to make major changes for the better.
Shortly after Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison landed at the University of Michigan with the same coaching title, Baltimore’s current defensive backs coach Chuck Pagano was promoted to Mattison’s newly vacated position.
Pagano served two seasons in Oakland as the Raiders defensive backs coach from 2005-2006 before making the move to Baltimore.
Pagano is known for his aggressive style of coaching, so many Ravens fans hope he will be able to inject some fierceness back into a defensive unit that has had its share of setbacks in 2010.
Coaching moves are only the first part of what must be a highly successful offseason for the Ravens if they want to make a run at the Super Bowl in the 2011-12 NFL season.
Together, we will look at the challenges Baltimore faces entering the free agent period, and examine several roster moves that should benefit the team going forward, making the Ravens more competitive with teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Todd McGregor is a Baltimore Ravens Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.
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