There are so many questions and very little answers at the moment. We already know Anquan Boldin is gone, which has caused a heated battle for the second and third wide receiver spots on the team opposite of veteran Torrey Smith. Tandon Doss, Laquan Williams, Aaron Mellette and Tommy Streeter will have their fair share of chances to shine.
On Saturday as well all know, Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta dislocated his hip in practice which will ultimately cause him to miss the entire 2013 season. The injury has caused a shuffle as at the tight position, and Ed Dickson will have to prove his worth as a former third round draft pick in the 2010 NFL draft. The Ravens also signed tight end Visanthe Shiancoe this past Sunday.
But it remains to be seen if those young receivers at wide receiver and tight end will actually step up. So despite Joe Flacco getting his huge deal this offseason, the Ravens might see themselves in a run-first offense with a smash mouth defense.
If the Ravens were to go back to their old ways being a run-first team and their defense finishes the job like we have all been accustomed to over the years, I wouldn’t have a problem with it as long as it translates to wins.
Ravens second string running back Bernard Pierce was already expected to get more carries in his second season, and Ray Rice would still be the main focal point on offense. Add to the fact that the Ravens defense is expected to be faster than it has been in recent years, and it’s a situation that works very nicely for the identity of the team.
I would certainly endorse it if the Ravens decide to go this route considering the questions at wide receiver. Let the offensive line that jelled so well in the postseason impose their will on defenses as offensive guards Kelechi Osemele and Marshal Yanda continue their paths to being the best run blocking guard combo in the NFL.
But if the Ravens decide to go back to their old ways, what does it mean for Flacco? Knowing the critics, I’m sure they would have a field day calling Flacco out saying, “See I told you Flacco couldn’t carry the team.” That’s right, those critics also said, “See I told you Flacco would win the Super Bowl, and become Super Bowl MVP.” Oh, wait, no they didn’t.
As long as Flacco does his job and puts the Ravens in position to be a playoff team at least, he is fine with me. Flacco’s usual statistical numbers during the regular season aren’t a problem for me, but if it matters to any other Ravens fan to the point where they want to criticize Flacco, go root for someone else.
Flacco got his money, and he earned it. He doesn’t have to prove his worth anymore to the rest of us. Just go out and put the Ravens in position to succeed.