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2 Baltimore Ravens
Tim Layden
September 03, 2007
The defense is playing at a historically high level, but postseason hopes hinge on whether the attack can keep up
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September 03, 2007

2 Baltimore Ravens

The defense is playing at a historically high level, but postseason hopes hinge on whether the attack can keep up

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With an entire off-season to prepare for running the offense, Billick says to expect more of the same, only better. And he's relishing a more hands-on role. "Now when I wake up in the middle of the night," he says, "I'm thinking about whether I should put the fullback in the flat, not about our salary-cap situation."

He is also thinking about how to use McGahee to further enliven the offense. "With Jamal we had a lot of success, but we were a fairly downhill team," says Billick. "We played a physical game and wore you out. Now I think we've evolved. We're more multiple. And Willis has the ability to get outside and cut, which we have not had."

McGahee, the Miami product whose horrific knee injury in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl delayed the start of his NFL career by a full year, gained 3,365 yards in three seasons with the Bills but only 990 in 2006. The team and the player were sick of each other. "I left everything in Buffalo behind me," says McGahee. "I've got everything back on the right track. This place is loaded with talent. It reminds me of Miami, man. I plan on having some great years here."

His first year should be one of those. The Ravens are in an elite class and will be in serious contention for the AFC's tightly contested Super Bowl berth.

COACH BRIAN BILLICK (75-53 in NFL), ninth season with Ravens

OFFENSE

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

WITH 2006 STATISTICS

MARK CLAYTON

POS WR

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