A bad season continues to look more hopeless for the Baltimore Ravens, who started the season as plausible Super Bowl contenders, and have ended it apparently in the hunt for lottery position. With regular starter Joe Flacco out due to an ACL tear, back-up Matt Schaub is assumed to miss this Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. If this is the case, that means that the Ravens’ starting quarterback will be Jimmy Clausen.
The match-up looks particularly desperate for Baltimore, as Clausen only has one previous start on the season — and it came when he was a member of the Chicago Bears, in a match-up against the same Seahawks. It did not go well: Clausen completed 9-of-17 passes for only 63 total yards, and the Bears lost to Seattle 26-0. Clausen has a 1-11 career record as a starter, with most of the losses — and the one win — coming for the overmatched 2010 Carolina Panthers, who would be in line to draft Cam Newtown #1 overall in the following spring’s draft.
At 4-8, the Ravens look incredibly likely to put together a losing season, which would be their first since 2007. Following that season, the Ravens fired coach Brian Billick and replaced him with coach John Harbaugh, who has a 76-48 record in the eight seasons since.