Baltimore needs to improve offensively

Second-year QB Kyle Boller must make a quantum leap for the Ravens to go deep into the playoffs.

Updated: August 23, 2004, 9:32 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | Insider
Training camps have finally arrived. senior writers John Clayton and Len Pasquarelli are traveling the country to bring you the latest news on all 32 NFL teams.

The great roster purge of 2002, in which the Baltimore Ravens were forced to jettison more than half their starters from the Super Bowl XXXV championship team because of salary cap excesses, is now a distant memory.

Thanks to the masterful player selection skills of general manager Ozzie Newsome and of personnel director Phil Savage, along with the ability of coach Brian Billick to infuse young players into the lineup, the Baltimore roster is not only one of the best but also one of the youngest in the NFL. Only two seasons after gutting the roster, Baltimore won a division title in 2003.