Fans around the league have all looked at the media and the way they have handled the transactions with the Baltimore Ravens so far. We have read and have heard every doomsday like perception about this team since free agency started with Paul Kruger, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Anquan Boldin gone just to name a few.
Nobody can convince them otherwise about how Joe Flacco is eating their cap space and how the Ravens lost so much talent. Oh, that dreaded word: Talent.
It’s funny how life works. All this talent the Ravens supposedly lost is now being hyped to the media like I have not seen. Over the last five years, much has been made about how Baltimore’s defense is old, their wide receivers can’t get separation, they can’t handle big brother Pittsburgh Steelers. But more times than not, the Ravens defense played better than their supposedly old age indicated.
Eight starters out of 22 are gone, and now all of them are claimed to be talent that the Ravens will not be able to replace. Lewis, Reed and Boldin are a given. All these players lost and yet the media didn’t give the Ravens a chance to beat the Denver Broncos in the divisional round of the playoffs with that very same talent they are hyping now?
Everyone pretty much had their party hats on for the New England Patriots and the Broncos to showdown for the right to go to the Super Bowl. Looks like the Ravens crashed that party.
The day and age of free agency, changes will be made and should be made. Nobody in the last 17 years knows that better than the Baltimore Ravens.
According to Arrowheadpride.com, since compensation picks were instituted by the league in 1994, no team has lost more free agents than the Ravens who have 37 compensations in that time.
Roster change is normal. The main reason why losses look so big is because the Ravens just won Super Bowl. They know what they’re doing.
Wola Odeniran covers the Baltimore Ravens for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @WolaOdeniran.