Isn’t it hilarious how NFL analysts assume that just because a team was on top one year that they will be on top the following year? They come out with these power rankings and forget a few contributing factors. Free agency, coaching changes and the NFL Draft all have a lot to do with sustaining success, and the Baltimore Ravens are a prime example of how turnover could change one team from a champion to a pretender the next year.
With that said, I believe that the Ravens will have a resurgent 2014. Once again, Ozzie Newsome will be the contributing factor to the Ravens’ ascension back to glory.
Charm city got humbled last season as this was the first time under the John Harbaugh regime that the team did not reach the NFL playoffs. As upsetting as it was, Ravens Nation should feel positive as John Harbaugh is not one to stay down for long. The Harbaugh family is one with short memories, and the coach will look forward to the next challenge.
John’s brother, Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers, is a good example of this. He made it to three NFC Championships and one Super Bowl in the last three years. His team goes down, but they come right back around.
This offseason, Ozzie Newsome has to see that there were some errors to learn from last year. He knows there are priority players that need to be re-signed like Dennis Pitta and Eugene Monroe. Signing these two players could be vital to the future success of the offense.
Daryl Smith proved his worth at the middle linebacker position, but there is so much depth at the position available for cheaper price due to Baltimore’s rookie contracts. Smith could seek employment elsewhere, and the Ravens would still be fine.
I could sit here and try and predict what Newsome could do, but let’s be real here. Has Ozzie ever done what was obvious, whether it be good or bad? The answer is no. One thing that I have realized over the years is that Newsome is going to tick the majority of fans off early in the offseason; then we will see his plan come together sometime after the Draft and into training camp, and we’ll once again say “In Ozzie We Trust”.
With that said, get your blood pressure medication ready — this is going to be another startling few months.