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[News] Will Ravens Repeat As Champs?

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The odds aren't in the Ravens' favor, but Joe Flacco is already talking repeat.

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As long as we keep Kruger I'll be happy! Birk will be back and Ellebre I can go either way on. Let Cary go we have Graham and Ladarius!
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Don't care about next year until Opening Night. Let's celebrate this one until September!
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Very interesting note. Since the Ravens won the Super Bowl they are preojected to open up the Season on Thursday September 12th as this has been done the last few years. There is one slight problem. The Orioles are at home hosting the Yankees that night. What will the NFL do. I say the Orioles move the game to the afternoon and we can go to both games that day!!!!
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I am biased but trust me, letting Anquan Boldin go would be a HUGE mistake. He is the type of player that wins championships. No his fantasy numbers are not great, but it doesn't matter. His toughness and leadership are things that can not be replaced, period.
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Well, if Joe is talking repeat, he has to know that if the team gets gutted to pay his new contract, the odds of that happening diminishes dramatically.
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Las Vegas lost $34 billion cause they upped the odds on the Raven and for 2013 still don't feel the Ravens will beat the odds,I would take a loan and keep everyone
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uhm birk needs to retire lol im not being too harsh but he got his ring please retire and let us get some cap space.to be honest there are a lot of players that will get cut this year we will be desappointed with some decesion but have to be done. All i got to say is Kruger and Ellerbe are the most important players we need to keep. we all know Joe Elite Flacco getting paid.
Lastly Ed Reed last year cause we not going to pay him 8 million dollars and above
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[quote name='AZQFAN' timestamp='1360177808' post='1347907']
I am biased but trust me, letting Anquan Boldin go would be a HUGE mistake. He is the type of player that wins championships. No his fantasy numbers are not great, but it doesn't matter. His toughness and leadership are things that can not be replaced, period.
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That fact cannot be stated enough. If there is one torch I am going to carry this offseason it is to make clear that under no circumstances should we part ways with Q.

I know the prevailing thought as we went toward the end of the season is that heir apparent, Tandon Doss, may step in to that possession receiver role next year. All thoughts of that should have evaporated during the Indy game when Doss dropped 3 passes and Anquan "The Vice" Boldin wrenched ball after ball away from would-be defenders and carried us to that victory. He continued to show that he was the toughest offensive player on the field in each and every playoff game going forward.

There is no way the Ravens should be without him as we defend our title.
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I live in NC, so not a lot of Ravens fans around me. I've worn my Ravens jacket to work everyday since Oct. Now, people who have seen me day in and day out are saying, "so, you're a Ravens fan? Just decided to pull that jacket out now, since you guys won the Super Bowl?".

No - I've been wearing it every day for 4 months, you just haven't noticed.

Funny how winning a championship gets you noticed!
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I'm with you Balfan23.
Q also managed to miss most of the reporters.
His name wasn't mentioned a lot either but yet he made some spectacular grabs!
Ya, Jacoby was pretty much the star but without Q, we would have been in some sorry shape I think.
I think Q has a few more years left in him.
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I see our plan as keeping Reed and Ellerbe, Letting Kruger go simply because he is going to be too expensive, as well as letting Cary walk becuase of Jimmy Smith and Corey Graham. (not to mention Webb coming back). And re-doing a couple contracts incuding Boldin's. And to finish it off we draft a LT in the first round.
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Harbs and Joe have won at least one playoff game since the start of their tenure in Baltimore. I like their odds of bucking the recent trend.
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I love Kruger but he has played himself into a serious contract meaning he will be gone and earn 6-9 mil a year somehwere else. Not sure if Cary gets paid elsewhere but we already offered him a contract that he declined so he will be leaving. Graham and Chykie are only going to improve as corners. With Webb coming back the DBs should be okay and there is too much first round money tied up in Upshaw to pay Kruger. Its a shame he took so long to develop because he is one of my favorites on the d-line. He had an amazing post season!!
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depends on how greedy flacco wants to be and how quickly our younger players can produce. hope flacco realizes that you need very good players in several positions to win superbowls and if the $$ is not there to resign your own key players than our chances diminish greatly. go ravens!!
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Come on, people...

It's not even a week since Ravens won it - I reckon very opportune time to relax and enjoy basking in glory!

Wasn't last 5 years enough to have full confidence in the outcome of offseason signings and cuts? I have no doubt whatsoever that the FO will do the right thing once more. So, from that standpoint there won't be any reason why Ravens should not repeat.

Oh and Garrett,

"but the oddsmakers don%u2019t like the Ravens as the early favorites heading into next season"

should have been shorter:

"but the oddsmakers don%u2019t like the Ravens, period"

I kind of like that, gives our 53 extra fuel every time!
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why would we start caring about what history shows and what oddmakers think?we are beyond that now.i want to see more of omar brown .good luck to Kruger, williams ,Birk (Retirement),kemo,,,,they have rings
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The odds aren't in the Ravens' favor to repeat? vegas aren't you guys tired of being wrong? it's hilarious how so called experts and odd makers are wrong so many times. vegas can kiss the ravens super bowl trophy and my a**
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would hate to see us lose kruger. we drafted him and brought him along slowly till he was ready to replace jj and now it would be a shame to lose him. we keep saying we need pass rushers so it makes no sense to let a young up and coming one go.
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[quote name='balfan23' timestamp='1360178149' post='1347915']
That fact cannot be stated enough. If there is one torch I am going to carry this offseason it is to make clear that under no circumstances should we part ways with Q.

I know the prevailing thought as we went toward the end of the season is that heir apparent, Tandon Doss, may step in to that possession receiver role next year. All thoughts of that should have evaporated during the Indy game when Doss dropped 3 passes and Anquan "The Vice" Boldin wrenched ball after ball away from would-be defenders and carried us to that victory. He continued to show that he was the toughest offensive player on the field in each and every playoff game going forward.

There is no way the Ravens should be without him as we defend our title.
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Could not disagree more. Obviously can't deny that Q has been HUGE for us this season and I'd concede that Tandon Doss may not be sufficient to replace him. However, when you look at the bigger picture and do the cost-benefit analysis its pretty clear that Jacoby and Anquan are going to be acceptable losses.

No doubt, it will initially hurt to not have them on the field but there are ways we can scheme and bring in young players that will actually make our offense better then what it was this year. Anquan is frequently described as being a tight end who plays wide receiver - well why don't we get Ed Dickson more involved in the offense and actually use a tight end to cause mismatches and make plays? Pitta's role will need to expand as well. We've all seen what NE does with their dual threat TEs and there's no reason we can't do that too. With Dickson and Pitta both restriced FA this year now is the time to really put them to work and see what they can do.

We have a lot of young talent at WR that we also need to get on the field while they are still on rookie contracts. Deonte Thompson has shown a lot of potential and made some amazing catches against the Bengals first team defense in week 16. (and that was with Tyrod Taylor at QB imagine what he could do with Flacco) Not to mention all his amazing work in the pre-season.Tommy Streeter spent the year on IR because we didn't want to risk putting him on the practice squad and getting picked up by another team. With a year now spent on the sidelines you can imagine he will be hungry and ready to make the most of any opportunity we give him. Then of course there are the rookie vets like David Reed, Laquan Williams, and Tandon Doss. Add to that list anyone we sign in the draft and you are looking at a receiving corps that is younger, faster, and arguably with more raw talent then the starters we won the Super Bowl with.


Long story short - Losing Q might sting a little but its not going to break us.
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It all depends on how our team looks going into 2013. If we end up paying too much money to lock Joe Flacco up, I don't know how we sign the rest of our critical free agents? What concerns me are reports of Joe's agent saying on CNBC that he wants Joe to get more money than Brees? That makes us very restricted in our ability to pay other free agents like Kruger, Ed Reed, Ellerbe and forces our hand to look at Boldin as well.

I don't really know how well Flacco does without Boldin and a great defense.... I am very worried about the state of the Ravens moving forward...
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ravens going to the playoffs next year with a winning streak besides Joe Flacco said he doenst care about the money its about our team forget wat his agent say we wanna another superbowl
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Yes!!!! I love it we say repeat everybody else says it'll never happen it's crazy how we have taught these pundits not to doubt us 4 times this year and they still do it. So I guess we're underdogs again but we wouldn't have it any other way it comes with being a Raven!!!
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We are Super Bowl Champs baby!!! Ozzie will find a way to keep Ellerbe, Kruger and Reed for sure Cary and Boldin I don't know but I'm confident in Ozzies choices he make look for us back in the playoffs next year.
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Flacco is getting better and better, Boldin is a big part of that. Its an offensive team nowkeep offensive in place. Ellerbe and Boldin a must and McKinnie is making a strong case. I love Reed but these guy's I have listed are more a priority then Reed.
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[quote name='awais.ashai' timestamp='1360181153' post='1347981']
Could not disagree more. Obviously can't deny that Q has been HUGE for us this season and I'd concede that Tandon Doss may not be sufficient to replace him. However, when you look at the bigger picture and do the cost-benefit analysis its pretty clear that Jacoby and Anquan are going to be acceptable losses.

No doubt, it will initially hurt to not have them on the field but there are ways we can scheme and bring in young players that will actually make our offense better then what it was this year. Anquan is frequently described as being a tight end who plays wide receiver - well why don't we get Ed Dickson more involved in the offense and actually use a tight end to cause mismatches and make plays? Pitta's role will need to expand as well. We've all seen what NE does with their dual threat TEs and there's no reason we can't do that too. With Dickson and Pitta both restriced FA this year now is the time to really put them to work and see what they can do.

We have a lot of young talent at WR that we also need to get on the field while they are still on rookie contracts. Deonte Thompson has shown a lot of potential and made some amazing catches against the Bengals first team defense in week 16. (and that was with Tyrod Taylor at QB imagine what he could do with Flacco) Not to mention all his amazing work in the pre-season.Tommy Streeter spent the year on IR because we didn't want to risk putting him on the practice squad and getting picked up by another team. With a year now spent on the sidelines you can imagine he will be hungry and ready to make the most of any opportunity we give him. Then of course there are the rookie vets like David Reed, Laquan Williams, and Tandon Doss. Add to that list anyone we sign in the draft and you are looking at a receiving corps that is younger, faster, and arguably with more raw talent then the starters we won the Super Bowl with.


Long story short - Losing Q might sting a little but its not going to break us.
[/quote]Dude did you watch Q in the post season??? Sting a little? Lmao! We need Anquan Boldin case clodsed don't reply
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[quote name='The Negotiator' timestamp='1360181755' post='1347991']
MUST keep Boldin, AKA the PLAY MAKER!!! Give him an extension and let him retire as a Raven!!
[/quote]Hell Flockin Yeah!!!!!!!
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[quote name='The Greek' timestamp='1360180522' post='1347965']
would hate to see us lose kruger. we drafted him and brought him along slowly till he was ready to replace jj and now it would be a shame to lose him. we keep saying we need pass rushers so it makes no sense to let an young up and coming one go.
[/quote]Yeah I say no way we let him walk we've been dying to find good pass rush and he has stepped his game up big time. You never know though but it would hurt to see him go. Ozzie and co have their work cut out for them this off-season and I will keep believing they will make things happen like they do time after time again.
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Every NFL team is 0-0 now. We can go all the way and now this whole team knows how hard it is and the commitment it takes to WIN it all. What I am hoping for is some one to take up the leadership on both sides of the ball and fill the void left by R.Lewis get the guys to study game film together as a group and pass on the life/spiritual lessons they have learned from being around R.Lewis. I a m not saying be R.Lewis Be your self but Live up to the working standards R.Lewis has set. I believe we have the leaders to do this but who is willing to step up into that type position for the team?
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In today's NFL repeating is difficult. If the Ravens have to make those "Tough cuts" i still feel they can get to the playoffs but i give them a 40/60 chance to repeat. I just want to enjoy this one for now.
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i see anquan is important but it will happen most likely or he may retire we never know. he probably well go with the redskins cause they will pay him more such as cary williams.
Our priorties should go young such as keeping Krueger We need a pass rusher to help suggs out!! Ellerbe also him and McClain are awesome playing alongside. We have too many young receivers not to be good next year. Also we have pitta and Dickson that run routes pretty well and can play the receiver position such as new england does.
It may hurt on the cuts or the people we let go but we have to move on that is how we have been consistent in the playoffs.
Healthy Suggs and kruger opposite sides. Ellerbe and McClain in the middle crazy d.
Its time to get younger and by joe flacco perspective he wants to go young
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I must be honest I did not like the way the 49ers started to come back in the second half but I love the fact that the Ravens can take away a valuable lesson that the game is not over until triple 0's hit the time clock.
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The Ravens are always against the odds every year they kickoff. The odd's don't mean anything when you have a team as talented and unified as the Ravens are. Hopefully they can find a way to keep Boldin, Pitta, Kruger, McKinnie, Ellerbe etc. They can't afford to make any changes to the offense now that it is clicking the way it was supposed to all year. I'm not to worried about Williams as they have Graham who played extremely well for them. I don't know how much Talib is looking for, and I know he had some character issues, but he'd be a great addition, if they could afford him, which i doubt. With Joe, they will do a backloaded contract, giving him 6-8 million this year, then increasing each year, as long as they don't have to tag him. We all know who the key pieces are, hope they can get it all done to work on the repeat.
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Will be interesting to see who we host for the first Thursday night game of the season.

My money is on hosting New England week 1 in the premiere game.
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Kruger is looking to bank a high dollar contract, and the Ravens don't have much room to work with the cap. For everyone saying they have to keep them, just keep in mind if they don't accept the contract that's best for the team, then they will walk. Happened with Grubbs last year. Going young isn't always as best as you think, and the Ravens are overall a young team. Oldest receiver is Q, then Birk, Williams and McKinnie on O-Line. Overall the offense is very young, 5 years or less in the league for most players. What they absolutely NEED to do is keep Oher at RT, or just the overall lineup for OL. They can plug people in D and succeed with Pees' bend but don't break philosophy.
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Keeping or releasing Q (and/or Jones) seems to be the big debate. I know I said under no circumstances should we part ways with them, but I think those who disagree are making some reasonable arguments. It is a dilemma that we have a number of young receivers who have promise, but can't get on the field and we eventually need to see what we have in them.

Problem is, I have little or no trust in Dickson. Also, while I know it was only one game, but the separation between Doss and Q in that Indy game was absolutely alarming. I just have a hard time sloughing off a guy who, in my estimation, was the 2nd most critical offensive player in our Super Bowl run - just slightly behind Flacco.

As for Jones - I think we all need to remember what it was like to pray for touchbacks and fair catches in the past - when this year, we knew that any moment we could be looking at a special teams TD. Like, for example, in the Super Bowl. The guy could have been the MVP. Streeter and Thompson are nice, but are they really ready to take on that job?
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@Rmcjacket- It could very well be them, or Green Bay. All I know is I will be at Soldier Field when they come to Chicago.
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[quote name='ALSKAN RAVEN FAN' timestamp='1360184675' post='1348072']
I must be honest I did not like the way the 49ers started to come back in the second half but I love the fact that the Ravens can take away a valuable lesson that the game is not over until triple 0's hit the time clock.
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Yes, how dare the Super Bowl opponent come back and not just roll over and allow themselves to be blown out. Who do they think they are, anyway?
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I could see GB, but I think historically they like to keep in inside the conference. It would seem that an AFC title game rematch would make sense.

They could do Pittsburgh also, which would be kind of sweet, since they would have to sit there and watch us raise the SB banner and get our rings.
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[quote name='balfan23' timestamp='1360185459' post='1348089']
Keeping or releasing Q (and/or Jones) seems to be the big debate. I know I said under no circumstances should we part ways with them, but I think those who disagree are making some reasonable arguments. It is a dilemma that we have a number of young receivers who have promise, but can't get on the field and we eventually need to see what we have in them.

Problem is, I have little or no trust in Dickson. Also, while I know it was only one game, but the separation between Doss and Q in that Indy game was absolutely alarming. I just have a hard time sloughing off a guy who, in my estimation, was the 2nd most critical offensive player in our Super Bowl run - just slightly behind Flacco.

As for Jones - I think we all need to remember what it was like to pray for touchbacks and fair catches in the past - when this year, we knew that any moment we could be looking at a special teams TD. Like, for example, in the Super Bowl. The guy could have been the MVP. Streeter and Thompson are nice, but are they really ready to take on that job?
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Well, you know, there were a lot of people who had little or no trust in Jacoby either when the Ravens signed him last offseason. That's why the only trust in players that matters is the trust that comes from the coaching staff and front office...
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I walked into the farm store Monday morning waring my newly purchased Ravens Superbowl Champions shirt when a guy in a Squeelers cap turned and said you can gloat when you have six. I responded " thank you, but I'm gloating right now ". After wards I was sorry I didn't say something nastier but glad I didn't stoop to a Squeelers level.

The Squeelers have been around since 1941, did not win there first Championship until 1975. Not to take anything away from the 4 bowls won by the iron curtain team. It took another 26 years before they won there 5th.

We have been around for 17 years and have won two !

If you count the Baltimore Colts and Ravens (Baltimore Football) we have 5 championships. We didn't start until the 1950's and had a 14 year gap in our history.
So the Squeelers have about 26 years longer then Baltimore and only six Championships.

Squeeler fans you can go {inapproprate explative)Yourself!
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