Earlier today I wrote a piece on how Baltimore Ravens fans should be happy they missed the playoffs in 2013. Yes, the article is in that link and you should definitely read that before you continue on. I’ll wait. Okay, anyway I’m doing this follow up piece because there’s more I’d like to elaborate on.
Although the 2013 season was incredibly frustrating for the Baltimore Ravens it wasn’t totally depressing either — say like the Houston Texans who lost 14 games in a row or the Cleveland Browns who are used to playing meaningless December games. At least the Ravens were in it to the very last game. Nothing is more depressing than when the final six or seven games of your season are meaningless. If the Ravens had gotten into the playoffs they wouldn’t have made it past the second round or maybe not even past the first round. In the final two games of the season, the Ravens showed that they just weren’t up to snuff with playoff teams like the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals.
After an improbable Super Bowl run in 2012 and losing key players in the offseason like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Anquan Boldin, it’s amazing that this team showed the heart it did; still they came up just a little short. Nobody repeats in the salary cap era so they might as well get an easier schedule and better draft picks to reload for the next couple of years. Basically I’ll put it like this: The Ravens coming off a Super Bowl and losing a lot of their players from that team still had a shot for the playoffs in the last week of the 2013 season, will have an easier schedule (no Denver Broncos or New England Patriots in 2014), and have better draft picks with arguably the best GM in the biz in Ozzie Newsome. Is it starting to make sense now Ravens fans?
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