1996 Baltimore Ravens season

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1996 Baltimore Ravens season
Owner Art Modell
Head coach Ted Marchibroda
Home field Memorial Stadium
Division place5th AFC Central
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro Bowlers QB Vinny Testaverde
FS Eric Turner

The 1996 season was the Baltimore Ravens' inaugural season in the National Football League and first under coach Ted Marchibroda. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.


Baltimore had remained without an NFL football franchise for 12 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 and the Baltimore franchise would officially be an expansion franchise. [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 then-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 and Safety Eric Turner were voted into the Pro Bowl, and wide receivers Michael Jackson and Derrick Alexander became the fourth receiving duo to surpass the 1,000-yard receiving mark. [5] The Ravens held second-half leads in ten of their final eleven games; they ultimately went 3–7 in games decided by one possession.

As of the 2021 off-season, Michael Jackson's 1,201 receiving yards and 14 touchdown receptions stands as franchise single-season records. [6]


Prior to the season, the Ravens hired several coaches, including head coach Ted Marchibroda and defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis. Offensive guard Jeff Blackshear was acquired for a future 4th round draft pick. The Ravens traded 3rd, 4th, and 7th round draft picks for the Broncos' 2nd round selection (#55 overall).

NFL Draft

1996 Baltimore Ravens draft
14 Jonathan Ogden  *   Offensive tackle UCLA
126 Ray Lewis  *   Linebacker Miami (FL)
255 DeRon Jenkins   Cornerback Tennessee
5153 Jermaine Lewis  *  Wide receiver Maryland
6172 Dexter Daniels  Linebacker Florida
6186 James Roe  Wide receiver Norfolk State
7238Jon Stark  Quarterback Trinity International
      Made roster        Pro Football Hall of Fame     *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career




1996 Baltimore Ravens staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Jerry Simmons


1996 Baltimore Ravens roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics




1August 3 Philadelphia Eagles W 17–91–0
2August 10at New York Giants W 37–272–0
3August 17 Green Bay Packers L 15–172–1
4August 23at Buffalo Bills W 37–143–1


Regular season


1September 1 Oakland Raiders W 19–141–0
2September 8at Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–311–1
3September 15at Houston Oilers L 13–291–2
5September 29 New Orleans Saints W 17–102–2
6October 6 New England Patriots L 38–462–3
7October 13at Indianapolis Colts L 21–262–4
8October 20at Denver Broncos L 34–452–5
9October 27 St. Louis Rams W 37–31 (OT)3–5
10November 3 Cincinnati Bengals L 21–243–6
11November 10at Jacksonville Jaguars L 27–303–7
12November 17at San Francisco 49ers L 20–383–8
13November 24 Jacksonville Jaguars L 25–28 (OT)3–9
14December 1 Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–174–9
15December 8at Cincinnati Bengals L 14–214–10
16December 15at Carolina Panthers L 16–274–11
17December 22 Houston Oilers L 21–244–12


AFC Central
(3) Pittsburgh Steelers 1060.625344257L2
(5) Jacksonville Jaguars 970.563325335W5
Cincinnati Bengals 880.500372369W3
Houston Oilers 880.500345319W1
Baltimore Ravens 4120.250371441L3


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