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  1. Vincent Jackson - 34, coming off injury, has been the complementary guy for the last 2 seasons now that mike Evans is in Tampa Bay. Kendall Wright, Brian Quick, Pierre Garcon are also guys that may be worth a look at, but none I think would be more than an number 3 at best.
  2. I would like to point this out: the Steelers have been touted as a model franchise for 2+ decades running. Everyone always talks about the late round draft gems they find and the smart decisions ownership makes regarding coaching and roster changes. Since 2008, the Steelers have 1 Superbowl win, 1 other appearance, and 3 other playoff appearances during which they went 1-3, their only win coming against the playoff-inept Cincinnati Bengals. Since 2008, we've made the playoffs 7 of 10 seasons, have won at least 1 playoff game in every playoff season, have won 1 Superbowl, and have finished with a losing record exactly 1 time. We also made 2 other AFCCG appearances and had the second one a dropped pass away from being ours. Unless you're the Patriots of the last 15 seasons, AFCCG trips are not so automatic. Aaron Rodgers has only led his team to the NFCCG twice, and was pretty bad against Seattle in the loss. The Giants seem to win a Superbowl when they make the playoffs but then miss the playoffs in every other year. Of all the teams that have made the playoffs for longer consecutive streaks then our 5 in a row, only the Packers, Colts and Patriots did so after the year 2000, and unsurprisingly they all feature three of the top 10 quarterbacks to ever play the game.
  3. Because we've only spent 2 top 100 picks in 9 seasons on wideouts, and instead have tried signing/trading for veteran "bargains". The good in that approach is that Flacco seems to develop a quick rapport with those vets - Mason, Kelley Washington, Boldin, Lee Evans for the 2 games he played, Heap, SSS, Owen Daniels, and now Mike Wallace. The bad is those guys get hurt and/or don't last longer than 3 seasons with us, it seems.
  4. My dream matchup would be Cubs-Indians. Between the 2 teams its been I think 176 years since their last world series titles.
  5. In 2010 and 2011 we went 12 and 4 and made it no further than the AFCCG. In 2012 we stumbled into the playoffs after losing 4 of our last 5 games. How many articles were written during the divisional playoff week crowing Peyton Manning and saying the Broncos would blow us out of the water? There was that "Manning is the Computer" article by Ashley what's her name. We weren't supposed to even be competitive in the WC round much less win the Superbowl - and yet, we went on an offensive run that maybe 2 or 3 other teams in Superbowl history can say they managed. We held two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time at bay, and we would have destroyed Denver on the scoreboard if it wasn't for 2 kickoff return touchdowns. All that matters now is that we probably need 11 wins to guarantee a playoff spot, and the playoffs are where anything can happen. So who cares if we win the easy games? We just need to be the best team in January, and there's a long way to go to decide that. We need to make it to January first, and we'll see then what the Ravens look like.
  6. I should add - Pitta hasn't missed a beat in his return. He just needs to start finding the endzone a bit.
  7. The good - we came back from a huge hole to win - last year if we were down by 3 at the half it was pretty much over. The bad - the way we've been starting games. Last week the defense was outstanding while the offense needed to wake up. This week both were dead asleep in the first quarter plus some. This kind of comeback won't happen against better teams. Again, with the offense especially I'm chalking it up to the fact that half the starters were either on IR or not on the team last year, but by week 5 or 6 I'm hoping things are ironed out.
  8. The Good: All of our injury question marks and new player question marks came out relatively unscathed. Flacco looked good, Pitta good, SSS good, Forsett good, Suggs good, Jimmy Smith good, the rookies on defense played well. As mentioned, our first opener win since 2012. The bad: offensive line needs some work - hopefully the rookies have a fast learning curve. Too many stalling drives in the second half when we had some momentum built up from the first. I'll take the win and I do understand there are a lot of new, young faces on both sides of the ball, but the Bills haven't been a major playoff contender in a long time.
  9. My main concern is just getting out of this game healthy. I believe everything else will come together as the season goes on.
  10. True, but I could just as easily point out that it took Tyrod 5 years and a team switch to get his chance. Just saying that of all the teams to play for, New York is one of the teams Johnson is least likely to see any significant playing time for. Denver, Cleveland, San Fran, even Dallas, I think, have more long-term questions at quarterback, and give Johnson a better chance, in my opinion, of earning his way to a starting job. Same thing with Tyrod - EJ Manuel was a train-wreck in Buffalo, and the position was ripe for opening. At best, Johnson can hope Eli goes down, he gets some games, does well, and finds a secure gig next year. But Eli is the quarterback who is least likely to give him that chance, is all I'm saying.
  11. May also have something to do with the fact that they have pro bowl secondary players - in 2014 Carolina was 22nd in points allowed, Denver was 16th in the league - not exactly lighting the world on fire. All of a sudden in 2015 Josh Norman has an insane year and Carolina moves to 6th in points allowed. Denver to 4th with Chris Harris and Aquib Talib making Pro Bowl appearances and TJ Ward not sucking. I'm not saying Pees doesn't shoulder a significant chunk of the blame, but you're comparing the Ravens to teams that got elite play out of their secondary, something we haven't had for a good while. Us - Webb has not been the same player post-2012 that he was his first 4 years here - maybe the change of position will help. Jimmy Smith was poor last year coming of Lisfranc surgery - hopefully he bounces back. Elam is Elam. Kendrick Lewis was bad. We had no pass rush after Suggs went down, which certainly doesn't help the secondary. Pees is responsible for not putting players in the best position to succeed, but certainly he's not responsible for players just whiffing on assignments. I think the lack of quality play in the secondary is at least as much the players' responsibility as Pees' schemes, and as I've pointed out, since Jimmy in 2011 we haven't drafted an impact secondary player (we whiffed on Elam).
  12. I'm curious as to how you can classify a rookie who has taken exactly 0 regular season snaps as anything at this point.
  13. Regarding this, it's not like we've gone out and squandered a ton of assets on the position recently. The last top 100 pick we spent on a CB was Jimmy in 2011, although Young was 104 this year, and I'm pretty sure the only guy of note we've signed recently was Arrington. I could find fault with the FO for not taking another corner early recently, but I can't fault the FO for late round draft picks not becoming impact players - after all, there is a reason they were late round draft picks in the first place.
  14. Too bad it's backing up the guy with the longest active consecutive start streak in the NFL. Ideally for Johnson he gets a shot at mop up duty in some blowout games - Eli's not likely to give him any excuse to get gameday reps otherwise.
  15. I think the 1996 Ravens with Jackson and Alexander are still the best receiving group in franchise history - 2 1000-yard receivers plus the 600-yard season from Kinchen - we were second in passing yards that year and 6th in total offense, 6th in scoring. These players in 2016 are exciting for their skill sets, but the question remains - will we get 16 games out of SSS, Perriman, and Pitta, and what will guys like Mike Wallace, coming off a down season, and Kamar Aiken, now demoted after his best season as a pro, be able to bring to the table? And we also have Maxx Williams and Crocket Gilmore coming off injury and Darren Waller trying to learn a new position. Part of the success of years like 1996, 2010, and 2012 is we had guys who had played at least a full season together prior to that season - it's going to take time for the players on offense to adjust to each other and Flacco's arm, and it's going to take time for the offensive line, with a rookie LT, to find it's way. In 1996 we Basically had the same crew, the difference being Rison of the 95 Browns was replaced by Alexander. But Jackson, Testeverde, and Kinchen were all returning starters that had a full season working together under their belts. Remember in 2011 Dickson was the dominant tight end - it wasn't until 2012 that the Pitta-Flacco connection showed us what it could be. I think this year will have several bumps and growing pains, especially at the beginning of the season.