“They’re the champs,” Smith noted via baltimoreravens.com. “I know it’s going to take so much more work to get back there, but I want to be a part of that. This team has been winning ever since I can remember.”
It’s good to see the team is being respected in that light even though they have only been around for 17 years now. That kind of talk around the league can only be better for the organization going forward and possibly having players play for less in order to win a championship.
If Smith can stay healthy, it could be one of the more underrated moves for the upcoming season. Lined up next to 2013 second round draft pick Arthur Brown in the Ravens’ 3-4 defense, the team shouldn’t be lacking in talent.
“Daryl Smith looked good,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh noted. “It’s his first day. Obviously, he is packing a lot of learning into one practice here. But, he was calling the defenses. He was setting the defense, and he didn’t seem to have any issues at all. [He] moves around well. [He] looked good.”
Learning the playbook in and out will be something the linebacker corps knows they have to do to keep up with the legend Ray Lewis retiring after the Super Bowl. Lewis made his mark in the film room so the standard is set.