“It’s really about getting people on a four-week journey ready for the regular season, so they learn, who is Jaylon Ferguson? What does Mark Ingram bring to this offense?” Sandusky told Zrebiec. “It’s one thing if I say, ‘Wow, Lamar Jackson looks so much better than he did a year ago.’ But if Brian breaks it down, and says, ‘Here’s why he’s doing better,’ now there’s real credibility.”
Led by Vice President of Broadcasting & Gameday Productions Jay O’Brien and Director of Production Matt Brevet, the Ravens spend countless hours from production meetings to preparation up until kickoff to provide fans with one of the top gameday viewing experiences across the league.
“The Ravens expect their preseason broadcasts to be as good, if not better than what you see on CBS or FOX on Sundays during the season,”Zrebiec wrote. “They spare few expenses to make sure of it. They were the first NFL team to install Skycam at their home stadium, and to utilize 360-degree replays. They use a Robocam in the broadcast booth. For the Packers game last Thursday, their truck recorded 17 angles of replay, similar to what you’d see for a primetime broadcast.”
While Sandusky and Billick man the booth during the game, O’Brien, Brevet, and the production crew handle visual and audio elements of the broadcast.
Zrebiec noted that while last Thursday’s broadcast went well, preseason games can provide a challenge. They offer a chance to highlight unique storylines that wouldn’t normally be talked about during the regular season.
While the result of the preseason games doesn’t matter in the record books, each broadcast is treated with the utmost importance.
“They treat each preseason game as if it were that’s week Super Bowl,” Zrebiec wrote. “In June, Ravens Productions won seven regional Emmy Awards, and it has its sights on more.”
● Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer expects linebacker Patrick Onwuasor to take over as the “quarterback” of the Ravens’ defense this season. “With C.J. Mosley off to the Jets … Baltimore needed guys to step forward at the two off-ball linebacker spots. That’s happened, with Onwuasor, Chris Board and Kenny Young all flashing this summer. I’m told Onwuasor, the group’s veteran, is likely to get the green dot on his helmet and serve in the leadership role Mosley did. That makes sense since he started alongside Mosley last year.” Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale also said this last week.