Ray Rice Striving to Become New Leader of Baltimore Ravens
With so much talk about the Baltimore Ravens‘ defense this offseason, people are forgetting that most of the offense will be returning in 2013. With the exception of Anquan Boldin, all the major play-makers for Joe Flacco will be back in Baltimore. This figures to be a transitional period for the team, as it will now rely on the offense to put more points on the board than ever.
The main piece of the offense is still Ray Rice. While people forgot about him through the fire sale and Flacco’s extension, Rice is still the go-to guy on offense. He’s one of the best dual-threat players in the game, and anytime the Ravens need a few tough yards, they can count on their running back.
Going into his sixth season with the franchise, Rice is about to take on a new role with his teammates – leader. Not that he wasn’t one before, but when Ray Lewis retires, somebody has to step up and replace him. Rice is ready to step into that role, and he recently made some comments about it:
“I was told growing up, some people are born leaders and some people eventually become leaders. I took the role of being a follower here, but I followed the right people. Eventually, you become that leader.”
“Joe and I going into year six, we’re going to be the older guys. I’m excited to take a different road and be a leader. That’s what I’m excited to do, actually be around for the offseason, get with the team, be here for OTAs and be here as much as possible.”
This is encouraging news if you’re a Ravens fan, because filling the need for leadership will be very important this year. Ed Reed and Ray Lewis were the heart and soul of the franchise for so long, and it’s tough to replace leaders of that caliber.
It’s now the offense’s team in Baltimore. At least for the next season or two while the defense rebuilds, Rice and Flacco have to step up and fill the void left by the departed hall-of-famers on defense.
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