The Ravens have announced their annual season-ending press conference - known to many fans as the State of the Ravens presser - will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m.
Owner Steve Bisciotti, president Dick Cass, general manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh will all be there, ready to answer a barrage of questions on the 2011 season and how the team will proceed as the offseason approaches.
It’s always interesting to see the one area that serves as the hot topic and draws the most attention at the SOTR presser.
Last season, it was the decision to keep oft-criticized offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in the same role for the 2011 season, with Bisciotti’s quote that he liked “Cam under fire” staying in many of our minds deep into the winter.
The interesting topics tomorrow will likely center on the futures of Joe Flacco and Ray Rice, who both hope to earn contract extensions, as well as veterans Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, who are both expected to return for the 2012 campaign but might not have many years left in them.
We’ll likely also hear Harbaugh discuss the addition of quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell, who was officially added to the Ravens’ coaching staff yesterday.
As I mentioned in my write-up after Caldwell’s hiring, he spent the last 10 years with Peyton Manning and helped Manning reach incredible heights. The Colts’ QB won three of his four MVP awards in the seven seasons with Caldwell as his quarterbacks coach.
But anytime I’ve heard Manning’s name connected to the Ravens in the last couple days, all I can do is smile.
The Ravens wouldn’t be an option in the Manning derby for a couple reasons. First of all, they would have to ditch a guy who could potentially be their quarterback for the next decade in Flacco for possibly two seasons of Manning, who hasn’t even proven he’s healthy yet. Secondly, adding Manning would kill the Ravens’ cap flexibility and limit their ability to re-sign Flacco and Rice and bring in more help at linebacker and along the offensive line, among other areas.
It’s far too soon to start projecting the teams that might end up with Manning, because we don’t even know if he’ll be able to play next season. But we can project some places where he wouldn’t be a fit, and the Ravens’ roster is one of those places.