1996 Baltimore Ravens season
Head Coach Ted Marchibroda
Home Field Memorial Stadium
Record 4–12
Place 5th AFC Central
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
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The 1996 Baltimore Ravens season was the franchise's inaugural season in the National Football League (NFL) and at their home stadium, Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore remained without an NFL football franchise for 13 years after the Baltimore Colts relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana.[1] In 1996, however, the NFL approved Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell's proposal to relocate the franchise to Baltimore, although the records and name of the Browns would remain in Cleveland, Ohio.[2] After Modell established the franchise in Baltimore, the team was named the "Baltimore Ravens" via a poll conducted by the Baltimore Sun as the team was assigned to play in the American Football Conference (AFC) Central Division;[3] afterwards, over 50,000 tickets were sold for the entire season.

The Ravens would finish their first season with a 4–12 record under coach Ted Marchibroda, who coached the Colts before and after they relocated and has a 41–33 regular season record in Baltimore.[4] At the Ravens' first-ever regular season game, a record attendance of 64,124 was present in their win against the Oakland Raiders, 19–14, on September 1 at home.[5] Their second victory came in Week 5, against the New Orleans Saints at home, in which they became 2–2. In Week 7, the Ravens traveled to Indianapolis to play Baltimore's previous team, the Colts. They, however, lost 26–21 and fell to 2–4 record. Their only other two victories were recorded in Week 9 (against the St. Louis Rams) and Week 14 (against the Steelers) at home. Although not a winning season, Quarterback Vinny Testaverde was voted into the Pro Bowl, and wide receivers Michael Jackson and Derrick Alexander surpassed the 1,000 yard receiving mark.[5]

Football statistics site Football Outsiders noted how the 1996 Ravens were the opposite of their defense-heavy/offense-poor reputation over the subsequent ten years: "It seems like the Ravens have combined a great defense with a terrible offense since they first moved to Baltimore, but it turns out that the Ravens have only combined a great defense with a terrible offense since their second year in Baltimore. The 1996 inaugural edition of the Ravens was the complete and total opposite of all the Ravens teams to come: the best offense in the NFL combined with the second-worst defense. The next year, the offense dropped to 19th and the defense rose to 13th, and the Ravens basically stayed like that for the next decade."[6]

Offseason[edit | edit source]

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Round Player Position School/Club Team
1 Jonathan Ogden Tackle UCLA
1 Ray Lewis Linebacker Miami
2 DeRon Jenkins Cornerback Tennessee
5 Jermaine Lewis Wide receiver Maryland
6 Dexter Daniels Linebacker Florida
6 James Roe Wide receiver Norfolk State
7 Jon Stark Quarterback Trinity

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 1 Oakland W 19–14 1–0
2 September 8 at Pittsburgh L 31–17 1–1
3 September 15 at Houston L 29–13 1–2
4 Bye week
5 September 29 New Orleans W 17–10 2–2
6 October 6 New England L 46–38 2–3
7 October 13 at Indianapolis L 26–21 2–4
8 October 20 at Denver L 45–34 2–5
9 October 27 St. Louis W 37–31 (OT) 3–5
10 November 3 Cincinnati L 24–21 3–6
11 November 10 at Jacksonville L 30–27 3–7
12 November 17 at San Francisco L 38–20 3–8
13 November 24 Jacksonville L 28–25 (OT) 3–9
14 December 1 Pittsburgh W 31–17 4–9
15 December 8 at Cincinnati L 21–14 4–10
16 December 15 at Carolina L 27–16 4–11
17 December 22 Houston L 24–21 4–12

Standings[edit | edit source]

Template:1996 AFC Central standings


Roster[edit | edit source]

1996 Baltimore Ravens roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Staff[edit | edit source]

1996 Baltimore Ravens staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Jerry Simmons


Awards and records[edit | edit source]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Baltimore Ravens History (1946–1984). Baltimoreravens.com. Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
  2. Art Modell Baltimoreravens.com Profile. Baltimoreravens.com. Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
  3. 1996 NFL Standings. Pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
  4. Ted Marchibroda Profile. Pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Balitmore Ravens History (1996). Balitmoreravens.com. Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
  6. 1996 DVOA Ratings and Commentary
  7. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 291
  8. 2009 Baltimore Ravens Media Guide. p. 50. http://www.baltimoreravens.com/News/Media_Guide.aspx. Retrieved February 15, 2010. 

References[edit | edit source]

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