Teams win Super Bowls without downfield threats all the time. The Pats won three of them. The Giants won their first. Indy didn't have a downfield threat, blow-the-top-off-the-D kinda guy on their Super Bowl team. It's just not true.
As far as what it takes to win a super bowl...more teams that have won did/do have downfield threats, or at least legitimate bona fide weapons. The days of "Defense wins championships" (coupled with solid running games) is becoming a thing of the past, as the rules continue to stack against the D's. Are there exceptions? Of course. But more teams that win Super Bowls (or have 18-0 seasons) now have legitimate weapons, franchise QBs, than in the past. And it's only going to continue moving in that direction. A solid D, and a top flight offense, are what wins championships in the 21st century. (IMO, of course. But a perusal of the SB Champs of the past 10 years bears that out.)
And your inclusion of the Colts in 2006 -- Reggie Wayne isn't a legitimate downfield threat? Along with Clark? That's just silly, isn't it?
And I can't help but chuckle at this entire thread.
As others have pointed out, we (as fans...all of us) get worked up over some position every single off-season. The WR position has been a sticking point for a while now, but last year it was Joe Flacco, Michael Oher and the ILB position. The year before it was TE, Joe Flacco, Michael Oher, and pass rushers other than Suggs, etc etc.
It really is something that the fans seem to get more worked up over than the team/coaches/front office.
Joe is a SB MVP. He has a hell of an arm, a fantastic understanding of the offensive philosophy, a decent OL/ground game and an offensive coordinator that clearly understands how to utilize the talent he has. I think Joe, much like other great QBs, can play a big part in making something out of nothing.
I would love to see Baltimore finally get their Julio Jones, Dez Bryant or even a really solid #2 like Brian Hartline, James Jones or Golden Tate. I legitimately believe that this offense - as it stands now - is 1 dominant receiver away from being prolific.
However, I still think they can win and make a run for another SB birth/victory with who they have.
RB by committee works. Pass rushing packages vs run stopping packages work on defense. Why can't certain receiver packages work to supplement Torrey?
The issue of Cam Cameron kept coming up because he WAS a problem, and those who insisted that the Ravens wouldn't win a Super Bowl with him were correct -- it was only AFTER he got booted that things got on track.
This year, with the trading of Boldin, a gap was created. The word coming from the FO was that they felt they had the necessary talent and were not going to go out and bring in an older vet. (That changed after Pitta went down and Doss/Reed disappointed, as a number of posters predicted they would.) So I'm not really sure what you're finding so amusing, or what, exactly, you think fans SHOULD be talking about. The color of the uniforms? Who won the Ed Block Courage Award?
B. Of course they can win. I happen to feel that they have the ammunition to go out and improve those chances. I think that's all those of us (who are being accused of panicking) are trying to say. Nobody is saying give up an entire draft or the future of the team. I think it's still going to happen. If it doesn't, I will root for Marlon Brown to become the next Marques Colston.
A lot of people on this board consistently post the the FO doesn't get worked up about the WR position. I wonder if that is because the Ravens FO lacks confidence with their ability to evaluate and draft WRs, so they shy away from that position and draft players at other positions where they have traditionally had more success.
I am chuckling because we - as fans...and rightfully so - are so caught up in the potential issues surrounding the team, yet the coaching staff and front office rarely seem to be as caught up on the issue(s) as we are.
I mean, look at us...here were are on a fucking Thursday at 1:20pm arguing about the receiver position on game day...a week before the regular season starts.
Can't I find a little bit of humor in that?
I agree. Dez Bryant would have been an phenomenal addition to the offense. He jumped up into top-5 discussions with his performance last year and outside of Julio, Megatron and Larry Fitz, I'm not sure there is anyone better. Andre Johnson, perhaps.