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#TBT: What the NFL was like in 2008

The NFL in 2008 was very different than it is now. Let's take a look at the NFL and the Ravens at the start of the Harbaugh-Flacco era.

The Ravens had one Super Bowl win.

The Ravens went 11-5 in a season where they were expected to be a mediocre team and went deep into the playoffs despite having 19 players on injured reserve, including Kelly Gregg, Marshal Yanda, and Dawan Landry.

The inside linebackers were Ray Lewis and Bart Scott.

Ed Reed was the guy at safety, Chris McCalister, Corey Ivy, Fabian Washington, and Samari Rolle were the corners.

Willis McGahee, LeRon McClain, and Ray Rice were the guys at fullback and runningback.

The offensive line consisted of Jared Gaither, Ben Grubbs, Jason Brown, Marshal Yanda, Chris Chester, and Willie Anderson.

Haloti Ngata was still the anchor on the defensive line.

The wide receivers were Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton.

Todd Heap was the man at tight end.

Joe Flacco had not yet shown his eliteness to the world, but he was voted as Pepsi's NFL Rookie of the Year.

Matt Stover and Steven Hauschka were the kickers.

Matt Katula was the long snapper.

Cam Cameron was the offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson was the quarterbacks coach, Jim Hostler was the wide receivers coach, Wade Harman was the tight ends coach, Wilbert Montgomery was the running backs coach, and John Matsko was coach of the offensive line.

Rex Ryan was the defensive coordinator, Chuck Pagano was the secondary coach, Mark Carrier was the defensive backs coach, Greg Mattison was the linebackers coach, and Clarence Brooks was the defensive line coach.

Jerry Rosburg was the special teams coordinator.

Vic Fangio was special assistant to Coach John Harbaugh.

The Class of 2014 were juniors and seniors in high school.

The Class of 2013 were seniors in high school.

Torrey Smith was a freshman at the University of Maryland.

Kelechi Osemele was a senior at Iowa State.

Jimmy Smith was a sophomore at Colorado.

Lardarius Webb was a senior an Nicholls State.

Eugene Monroe was a senior at Virginia.

Justin Tucker was a freshman at the University of Texas.

The rest of the NFL:

James Harrison, Ike Taylor, Troy Polamalu, Brett Keisel, Aaron Smith, Lamarr Woodley, and Ryan Clark were elite players, and the Steelers defense was a top unit.

James Harrison won the Defensive Player of the Year award.

The Steelers run game was led by Willie Parker and Hines Ward was the No. 1 receiver.

Santonio Holmes was still good.

Mike Tomlin was a second-year coach.

Bruce Arians was Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator.

Dick LeBeau was the Steelers defensive coordinator.

The Steelers had five rings.

Carson Palmer was the Bengals quarterback.

Marvin Lewis was 0-1 in the playoffs instead of 0-6.

The Bengals were still the Bungles and were still making regular appearances on the police blotter.

Chad Ochocinco was the Bengals No. 1 WR.

The Browns were going through a quarterback controversy between an overachieving backup (Derek Anderson) and the 22nd overall pick (Brady Quinn). It didn't end well.

The Browns rushing attack was spearheaded by Jamal Lewis, who had his last 1,000 season.

The Patriots had three Super Bowls.

Tom Brady would miss the entire season after Bernard Pollard's hit tore his ACL. There was no Tom Brady rule yet.

Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Ben Watson were the Patriot pass catchers, and they were going to get Matt Cassel paid for the next eight seasons.

The Patriots would miss the playoffs.

Darrelle Revis was a Jet before becoming a Buc and a Patriot and then a Jet again.

Brett Favre was a Jet too.

Eric Mangini was the head coach of the Jets.

The Wildcat came on the scene and was more than just a gimmick used by desperate offenses.

Chad Pennington was second to Peyton Manning in MVP voting and won the Comeback Player of the Year award.

Tony Sparano was the Dolphins' head coach.

The Dolphins went 11-5, won the AFC East and made it to the playoffs.

Peyton Manning was still a Colt and had his least deserving MVP season ever.

Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis combined to have 22 sacks for the Colts.

Tony Dungy was the Colts' head coach and Jim Caldwell was the quarterbacks coach.

Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, and Dallas Clark were the primary pass catchers.

The Indianapolis Colts were the No. 5 seed in the AFC.

Gary Kubiak was the head coach in Houston, Rick Dennison was the quarterbacks coach, and Brian Pariani was tight ends coach.

Owen Daniels, Jacoby Jones, and Vonta Leach were Texans.

Matt Schaub was the Texans quarterback.

Andre Johnson was one of the top wide receivers in the league.

The Jaguars were owned by the Weaver family.

David Garrard was the Jaguars quarterback.

Daryl Smith was a Jaguar.

The Titans were the No. 1 seed in the AFC, going 13-3 behind a stellar defense led by Albert Haynesworth. They had a rushing attack led by Chris Johnson and LenDale White that combined for 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns, and Kerry Collins would provide game-manager level play.

Jeff Fisher was the Titans' head coach.

The Kansas City Chiefs would only get 10 sacks and went 2-14.

Dwayne Bowe was a 1,000 yard receiver and scored seven touchdowns.

Tony Gonzalez was still a Chief.

Jamaal Charles was a no-name and Larry Johnson was the leading guy.

Devard Darling was a Chief.

Al Davis was alive and still owned the Raiders.

Nnamdi Asomugha was a Pro Bowl cornerback for the Raiders.

Darren McFadden was a rookie.

JaMarcus Russell was the Raiders quarterback.

The Broncos were an 8-8 team.

Jay Cutler was the Broncos' quarterback and went to his only Pro Bowl.

The Broncos pass catchers were Eddie Royal, Brandon Stokley, Brandon Marshall, Darrell Jackson, Daniel Graham, and Tony Scheffler.

Champ Bailey and Elvis Dumervil were Broncos.

Mike Shanahan was Denver's head coach.

The Chargers won the AFC West as an 8-8 team.

Vincent Jackson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Darren Sproles, Mike Tolbert, Quentin Jammer, Antonio Cromartie, Shaun Phillips and Nick Hardwick were all Chargers.

Phillip Rivers was the NFL's co-leader in passing touchdowns with 34.

Norv Turner was the Chargers' coach and A.J. Smith was the G.M.

The Packers underwent a 6-10 season.

Aaron Rodgers wasn't an elite QB with State Farm endorsements and Olivia Munn by his side. He was just Not Brett Favre. But he would still have a good season.

Charles Woodson was a top defensive back with the Packers.

Rodgers was throwing the ball to Greg Jennings, who was one of the top receivers in the NFL, James Jones, and Donald Driver. Rookie Jordy Nelson was a kick returner.

The Vikings went 10-6 and won the NFC North, no thanks to quarterbacks Gus Frerotte and Tarvaris Jackson. Adrian Peterson, who led the NFL in rushing, did most of the work on offense.

Bryant McKinnie was a Viking.

Jared Allen was also a Viking at this time, and he was part of a Vikings defense that had Ray Edwards, Kevin Williams, Pat Williams, Chad Greenway, Erin Henderson, Darren Sharper, Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield.

The Bears were a 7-9 team.

Devin Hester was the best return man in the league.

Kyle Orton was the Bears' quarterback.

Devin Hester led the Bears in receiving yards with 665. Greg Olsen led the team in touchdowns with five.

Matt Forte gained over 1,700 combined yards rushing and receiving and scored 12 touchdowns.

Guys like Brian Urlacher and Charles Tillman were some of the top players at their positions.

The Lions went 0-16.

Calvin Johnson wasted his elite talents with the five-headed quarterback monster of Jon Kitna, Dan Orlovsky, Daunte Culpepper, Drew Henson and Drew Stanton.

Jason Hanson was still the Lions kicker.

The Redskins went 8-8 and Jim Zorn was head coach.

Chris Cooley and Clinton Portis were Pro Bowlers.

Jason Campbell was the Redskins' quarterback.

The Giants were the best team in the NFC with a 12-4 record.

Eli Manning was throwing the ball to Plaxico Burress, Mario Manningham, and the other Steve Smith.

Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward would rush for over 1,000 yards each.

Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Barry Cofield, Aaron Ross, and Corey Webster were all parts of a quality Giants defense.

David Diehl and Chris Snee were stalwarts on the Giants defensive line.

Andy Reid was head coach of the 9-6-1 Eagles.

DeSean Jackson was a rookie wide receiver and punt returner.

Brian Westbrook was the Eagles' lead running back.

Donovan McNabb was the Eagles quarterback.

Marty Mornhinweg was the quarterbacks coach for the Eagles and Juan Castillo was the offensive line coach for the Eagles.

The Eagles would make it to the playoffs as the No. 6 seed in the NFC, and their win against the Giants in the NFC Divisional Game is their last playoff win to date.

The Cowboys were a 9-7 team with Wade Phillips as head coach.

They were playing in Texas Stadium for the very last time.

Terrell Owens was Dallas' leading receiver. Jason Witten was a Pro Bowler. Miles Austin was a no-name. Martellus Bennett was a rookie on the Cowboys.

The Dallas running attack wasn't leading the league, as Marion Barber finished with 885 yards.

Pacman Jones was on the Cowboys suspended list.

Jason Hatcher, Jay Ratliff, Stephen Bowen, Chris Canty, Marcus Spears, and Terence Newman were all members of the Cowboys defense. DeMarcus Ware was still a top player on the defense. Nick Folk was the kicker.

The Carolina Panthers went 12-4, won the NFC South and were the No. 2 seed in the NFC under coach John Fox.

Steve Smith was a Pro Bowl wide receiver. Muhsin Muhammad was the No. 2.

DeAngelo Williams was one of the NFL's best running backs.

Julius Peppers was a Panther.

Jake Delhomme was the Panthers quarterback. Josh McCown was his back-up.

John Kasay was still the Panthers kicker.

The Falcons went 11-5 and were the No. 5 seed in the NFC. Rookie head coach Mike Smith was the NFL's Coach of the Year.

Matt Ryan was the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Roddy White was an elite receiver, but there was no Julio Jones lining up beside him and no Tony Gonzalez at tight end. Michael Jenkins, Brian Finneran, and Justin Peelle were the other guys.

Michael Vick was on the suspended list.

The Falcons defense still boasted names such as John Abraham, Curtis Lofton, Jonathan Babineaux, Kroy Biermann, Thomas DeCoud and Brent Grimes.

The Falcons had the second best rushing attack in the NFL with Michael Turner.

The Buccaneers were a 9-7 team under Jon Gruden in his last season as a head coach. Jeff Garcia and Brian Griese were the quarterbacks. Antonio Bryant was the team's leading receiver with 1,248 yards and 7 touchdowns, numbers he would never get to again.

Jeremy Zuttah was a rookie playing at guard for the Buccaneers.

Ronde Barber and Warren Brooks were the last of the Super Bowl XXXVII squad on the roster.

Aqib Talib was a rookie corner for the Buccaneers.

The Saints were an 8-8 team.

Drew Brees was the Offensive Player of the Year, throwing for 34 touchdowns and 5,069 yards.

Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas, and Deuce McAllister were still on the team.

Lance Moore, Marques Colston, Jeremy Shockey, Devery Henderson, David Patten, and Robert Meachem were Brees' targets.

The Saints would have Martin Gramatica, Garrett Hartley, and Taylor Melhaff all handle kicking duties.

Tracy Porter was a rookie on the Saints defense, that also featured Jonathan Vilma and Roman Harper.

Mike Holmgren was the coach of the Seattle Seahawks for the last season in which the Seahawks went 4-12. Pete Carroll was still the coach at USC.

There was no Legion of Boom. Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Walter Thurmond, Jeremy Lane, and Byron Maxwell were all in college. Brandon Browner was a Calgary Stampeder.

Matt Hasselbeck was Seattle's quarterback and Seneca Wallace was his back-up.

Not a single member of the Super Bowl winning team was on the Seahawks roster.

Justin Forsett was a special teams player.

The Arizona Cardinals were the NFC West winner, going 9-7 with Ken Whisenhunt as the head coach. Todd Haley was the offensive coordinator.

The Cardinals would have a dynamic offense with Pro Bowl quarterback Kurt Warner and the best receiving duo in the NFL: Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Calais Campbell were rookies.

Edgerrin James was spending his last season in the NFL as a Cardinal.

Darnell Dockett, Antrel Rolle, and Karlos Dansby were on the defense.

Out of all the Cardinals teams to get to the Super Bowl, this team would get there.

The Rams would go 2-14 and fire the coach midseason. Chris Long was a rookie. Marc Bulger was the quarterback.

Steven Jackson signed a deal that made him the highest paid running back in the NFL.

Richie Incognito was on the Rams.

Orlando Pace and Torry Holt were the last of the Greatest Show on Turf guys on the Rams.

The San Francisco 49ers went 7-9, fired Mike Nolan midseason and promoted Mike Singletary to head coach.

They still played in Candlestick stadium.

They had just signed Justin Smith.

Frank Gore was young and he was one of the best running backs in the league.

Alex Smith was in full bust mode.

Vernon Davis would inspire Mike Singletary's "I Want Winners" speech.

Patrick Willis was a rising star, some saying that he would be the next Ray Lewis.

Stars like NaVorro Bowman, Aldon Smith, Joe Staley, hadn't been drafted yet.

Jim Harbaugh was still at Stanford.

It's nice to see that with all of the change in the NFL, from doormats going to Super Bowl Champions, powerhouses becoming doormats, retirements, coaching changes, free agency, no-names becoming stars, and stars becoming no names, that the Ravens have still been among the top teams in the league.

And the Ravens have gone through massive changes since 2008, just like any other team. Four players from 2008 are on the current roster and depending on what happens with Sam Koch, that number goes down to three. The entire offensive staff from 2008 has been replaced and Clarence Brooks is the only defensive coach that hasn't gotten a job offer elsewhere.

The NFL has experienced a lot of change in seven seasons, and who knows what 2015 holds.