1. To a small extent, Joe Flacco...I've always believed in him, but towards the end of the year, around the Denver game, I started saying that obviously 1) we were still going to bring Joe back and 2) we needed to start looking for competition for him. I was figuring he'd get an Alex Smith deal, 8-10 mil per year. In 1.5 months, he has gone from needing competition to elite, 10 mil per to 20+ mil per. As said by the team, he went to the "Eli Manning School of Disrespect)
2. B-Mac. We shit on you all year, well, some people on you, some people on John Harbaugh. Thank you for saving it up for the playoffs, and thank you for not taking the opportunity to throw the coaches under the bus getting there.
3. Cary Williams and Ed Reed. I'm going to put these two together because they were the ONLY Defensive Starters to play the whole 20 games. Ed, you seemed like a shell of your former self at times this regular season. But I realize now, you ARE a leader on this defense, a guy who's experience sets the tone with the younger skill guys. That and your enthusiasm during the whole Super Bowl week won me over. I really WANT the front office to find a way to keep you here. Cary, I kept laughing because you turned down that 3 yr, 15 mil contract in the offseason. You may have struggled at times, but you kept coming up with plays when we needed them. I don't see you coming back, because I think you've earned that bigger contract now.
4. Bernard Pierce - Back in TC, you missed a TON of time with injuries, and a lo of us were holding our heads saying "why did we draft this guy?" We see why now...Unsung hero of the playoffs? Definitely 1 or 2 there.