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    Re: We're gonna be good!



    Quote Originally Posted by TheJoeFlaccoShow View Post
    We have "won" for the last 4 years straight.

    Is 5 the minimum or something before fans realize what is going on here?
    Great post as usual haha.




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    Re: We're gonna be good!

    We will be good. We're among those teams that consistently plays at a high level. But good doesn't mean playoffs.

    When thinking playoffs you do have to give due credit to our two main division obstacles - Cincy and Pit. I think if Dalton, AJ Green, and Gresham develop, along with some upcoming stars in Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap, they have a fair chance to be in our same tier. Pit we already know is always a threat.

    The really challenging part is that the Ravens have the hardest schedule of those three. We all play the NFC East and AFC West, so that's moot. But where we play the Patriots and Texans, Pit plays the Jets and the Titans and the Bengals play Miami and Jacksonville. I don't think it's unreasonable to assume that we can lose to the Pats and Texans and that Pit and Cincy will beat their AFC East and AFC South opponents. So that's potentially two games we're already behind.

    Then consider that Pit hosts San Diego, while we travel to them. That's a big advantage because of how difficult cross country travel can be on a team. Fortunately Pit also travels to Denver, so maybe that will even things out. Depends on how good both teams are.

    Assume though that Pit or Cincy finishes a game or so ahead of us. Then we need to battle it out for a wildcard. It's hard to predict, but I imagine the competition for the wildcard spot will be between Buffalo (sorry Jets) and the remaining AFC North team. AFC West has a very tough schedule so I don't see competition coming from there. So does the AFC South.

    Buffalo, like the Pats, has a very easy schedule since the division is weak and they play against the NFC West and the AFC South - only real threats (as of now) there being San Fran, Seattle, and Houston. They can very well secure one of those spots.

    So basically it will probably come down to the wire. I just hope with the loss of JJ and Redding we can stuff the run well enough, since I know Pit is trying to shift to featuring a more balanced attack.




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    Re: We're gonna be good!

    Again, we'll be one of the top teams in the NFL. The talent is there.

    If you want to know why people are so down on their team this time of year, you have to keep in mind that some sports fans would rather have that mindset. Face it, as a sports fan, you're disappointed much more often than not. That's just the law of averages. So some people would rather keep their expectations low from the start, that way they aren't as emotionally crushed if their team doesn't go all the way. It's kind of a defensive mechanism.

    I don't feel that way. I became a sports fan because I relish winning, and don't let myself get too down when they don't. My philosophy is: if you're gonna root for a sports team, root for them all the way from the start, with your expectations being the highest (within reason, of course). There's no reason to believe the Ravens won't win the Super Bowl this year. We have the talent, experience, and history on our side. There's no reason to believe we're not just as good as any of the other SB contenders.

    I can guarantee that most of our opponents fans are dreading the fact that the Ravens are on their schedule this year. They all have that date circled on their calendars as being a tough tough game. The Ravens have a 24-8 record over the last 2 seasons, and 44-20 record over the last 4 seasons. I'd be REALLY worried if my team had to face them. However, the team's biggest critics are their own fans.




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    Re: We're gonna be good!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravens27Girl View Post
    Prove his worth, seriously? I don't think Harbaugh has anything to prove at this point and has proven quite well that he is a great HC for this team. I doubt the team or Biscotti or even most of the fans feel he still has to prove something more than what we've seen the last 4 years. I think you may have him mixed up with Rex Ryan.
    I didn't say Harbaugh had anything to prove. I said prove his worth, which means he cannot afford to have snafus like not making in game adjustments, making poor use of his timeouts or most importantly, let his OC call games like Jacksonville,, Seattle or the first quarter of the AFCCG. He's a decent enough coach, but he's far from great, my friend.




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    Re: We're gonna be good!

    Didn't he prove his worth when he took the team to the playoffs with a rookie QB and RB?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghoulahoo View Post
    Didn't he prove his worth when he took the team to the playoffs with a rookie QB and RB?
    Rice wasn't the feature back. It was McGahee and McClain. And let's be honest - Flacco really wasn't asked to do much besides manage the offense.




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    Quote Originally Posted by ballhawk View Post
    They will be good, just not good enough, this year. Just cuz we been to the playoffs 4 straight years, doesnt make us a lock. Not unless Flacco comes out and plays at a manning/brady level. Our defense is going to get eaten alive this year, strong against the run, but all these top shelf QB's we face are going to have their way.
    You are making this assessment based on the preseason with no game planning and starters playing at maybe 3/4's speed? Will the Ravens have a few shoot outs? Absolutely but they may still win some grind it out games because they can run the ball and control the clock when needed. A lot of the teams that they play outside of the division have good pass rushes but are ordinary against the run. That's something the Ravens can and will take advantage of. In the end this is an 11 win team which is going to place them as the 3rd seed. Going through Houston and NE in the playoffs is going to be the downfall this year but you never know.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Corey View Post
    I've been saying this all offseason. Harbaugh is the Joe Flacco of coaches. When we win its because some defensive coordinator put together a great defensive game plan or because Ozzie Newsome is great at assembling talent to put on the field. When we lose, its because Harbaugh didn't call a time out or Harbaugh challenged to many plays or not enough.... Its the same thing with Flacco. When we whooped the Steelers week 1, every player except Flacco got credit. The defense got credit, Rice got credit, Boldin got credit, hell even Bryant McKinnie got credit. Flacco got nothing. And when we lose, of course it is always all Flacco's fault. Hell sometimes when we win, it's Flacco's fault that we didn't win by more.....

    Rant over.
    I thought everything was always Cam Camerons fault :-)

    And LOL at you guys who get offended when anybody makes a projection of anything less than 12-4. The team has some serious question marks. Nothing wrong with tempering expectations a little bit. Name another team in the nfl that has gone to the playoffs the last 5 years in a row. I dont think there is one. Every team, no matter how talented, has a down year every once in a while.




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    Re: We're gonna be good!

    I think it all depends on the offense this year, which is scary for Raven fans IMO. We're all so used to the defense dominating and the offense being able to do enough to win. I think this is the year that the offense takes off. Jim Caldwell has been a huge addition and I think has had some input on the offense as well. There's no reason why we can't be a top offense with all the weaponry we contain. We're young and deep at WR, we have two young TE's who are getting better, and we have an all pro RB who can do it all. Pierce and Rainey are going to be great compliments to Rice. I also think the OL is going to be better than what people think, especially if they can keep up this no huddle offense.

    The defense took a hit when Suggs went down. However, it's always been next man up. Paul Kruger, IMO, can have a ten sack season because of his repertoire of pass rush moves. Sure, he'll struggle at times, he'll make mistakes, but Kruger will step up this season. I also believe McClellan has really gone under the radar. He's a tough guy to deal with on the edge and he has the strength to set the edge well like he did all preseason. I think they'll be OK. Do I expect us to be like we were last year with sacks? No, but I think we have enough talent right now to keep QB's off guard. My breakout player on defense this year is Jameel McClain. The lost weight has helped him IMO. He looks fast, he's attacking the ball, he knows his assignments. To me, he really looks a lot better from last season. The secondary will be a bright spot as well.

    I just feel that we can take this division again and make a deep run. It just may be different from what we're used to seeing. Not that the defense will fall off the map, but that the offense will soar to new heights.




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    Re: We're gonna be good!

    Quote Originally Posted by Terpsfan82 View Post
    Rice wasn't the feature back. It was McGahee and McClain. And let's be honest - Flacco really wasn't asked to do much besides manage the offense.
    Explain how this team didn't do shit with Boller then.... Why does Flacco come in and take the team to two AFC Championships and 4 playoff appearances?




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    Re: We're gonna be good!

    Quote Originally Posted by ballhawk View Post
    I thought everything was always Cam Camerons fault :-)

    And LOL at you guys who get offended when anybody makes a projection of anything less than 12-4. The team has some serious question marks. Nothing wrong with tempering expectations a little bit. Name another team in the nfl that has gone to the playoffs the last 5 years in a row. I dont think there is one. Every team, no matter how talented, has a down year every once in a while.
    Last season was the first time that the Colts missed the playoffs since 2002. That's 9 straight.

    From 2003 to 2007 the Patriots did it. (They missed in 2008)

    From 2000 to 2004 the Eagles did it. (2005 they missed)

    The Seattle Seahawks even did 5 straight from 2003 to 2007.

    That's 4 from the last decade and I am sure if you go back even further there are more similar runs. When the talent, coaching and chemistry is there. Its not that uncommon.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Corey View Post
    Last season was the first time that the Colts missed the playoffs since 2002. That's 9 straight.

    From 2003 to 2007 the Patriots did it. (They missed in 2008)

    From 2000 to 2004 the Eagles did it. (2005 they missed)

    The Seattle Seahawks even did 5 straight from 2003 to 2007.

    That's 4 from the last decade and I am sure if you go back even further there are more similar runs. When the talent, coaching and chemistry is there. Its not that uncommon.

    Fair enough. Earlier in the thread i said if we make the playoffs it will be because flacco plays close to a brady/manning level. We will go as far as he takes us this year. And im one of his biggest supporters, so yea i could see it happening. But i could just as easily see us narrowly missing out. The roster just has nowhere near the depth this year as it did in 2010/2011. Thats my opinion, i dont think its unreasonable at all.




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    Re: We're gonna be good!

    Quote Originally Posted by Corey View Post
    I've been saying this all offseason. Harbaugh is the Joe Flacco of coaches. When we win its because some defensive coordinator put together a great defensive game plan or because Ozzie Newsome is great at assembling talent to put on the field. When we lose, its because Harbaugh didn't call a time out or Harbaugh challenged to many plays or not enough.... Its the same thing with Flacco. When we whooped the Steelers week 1, every player except Flacco got credit. The defense got credit, Rice got credit, Boldin got credit, hell even Bryant McKinnie got credit. Flacco got nothing. And when we lose, of course it is always all Flacco's fault. Hell sometimes when we win, it's Flacco's fault that we didn't win by more.....

    Rant over.
    there is some truth to that and I'm guilty of doing it too.
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    Re: We're gonna be good!

    Quote Originally Posted by Paintballguy View Post
    Explain how this team didn't do shit with Boller then.... Why does Flacco come in and take the team to two AFC Championships and 4 playoff appearances?
    You're actually comparing Flacco to Boller? Flacco was asked to manage the offense. That's a fact. In no way shape or form does that mean he's the equivalent of Boller.




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    Re: We're gonna be good!

    Quote Originally Posted by Terpsfan82 View Post
    You're actually comparing Flacco to Boller? Flacco was asked to manage the offense. That's a fact. In no way shape or form does that mean he's the equivalent of Boller.
    Not comparing... I'm just saying what's the difference between having Boller and Flacco at QB. Flacco made this team relevant. You can't deny that. I don't care if he "managed' the offense or whatever buzz word you have to use. The fact is he's won games.




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