A Pats team minus Brady in a few years
A Broncos team minus Manning in a few years
A Texans Team that does not show up in the playoffs
A Cinci team with an overrated offense
A potential up and coming Browns team
A potential up and coming Colts team (they gonna be scary good in a few years if Luck pans out)
And a Steeler team that prob won't even make the playoffs next year......
So, the power might have turned to us here in the AFC. I do not think we will get the first or second seed tho. Our D will not be as strong as it as been in past years. And, we get a tougher scheduel than the rest of the NFL. What's changed right?
Other than that, this will be an era of offense for Bmore. All we needed this year was a mediocre D in order to win it all. Now, that young, potential up and coming D, has SB experience, and most of those players (Cept, Reed, Ngata, Suggs, and maybe Webb and Pollard) have not even hit their ceilings yet. Our D will at least be solid at worst.
But Bmore might have the best offense in the game. Here is why
- They have one of the best young QB's ever to play the game.....
YOUNG QBs. Not all time great, yet. That is his ceiling.
Flacco has got all the physical tools to be a QB who can take over a game. He is about to enter his prime being the most winning QB in NFL history for his first five years, having a SB under his belt, and winning the MVP. His inconsistancies were the result of a Cam Cameron offense. Flacco is one of the 5 best QBs in the game, and has earned his elite status.
No questions asked. He had the greatest postseason for a QB ever in the last ten years, has the physical tools, has the intellegence, is in the right system now, has enough firepower to support him. And, there is only one QB in the NFL I would trust more in the clutch than Flacco (Peyton, for now). He has the IT factor. One of the few QBs in the NFL to have it.
Teams are going to have their hands full with trying to prepare for Flacco, but, things will become nightmarish when they see our Nuclear Bomb, he has at his disposal (he is after all the general)
2. They have one of the best all around players in the game behind him, in Ray Rice.
Ray Rice is the second best back in the NFL. While his running leaves a lot to be desired, he is far and away the best recieving back in the game. He is a home run threat, and a workhorse back, who teams used to prepare for. Now that Flacco has made his presence felt, teams are going to have to pick their poison in who they want to stop.
It is either get burned by Rice, or get shot down by Flacco. Pick your area of defeat. We are the only team in the NFL with an elite QB, and an elite RB. The Generals right hand man, is one that defenses fear.
3. American Express, Dreads, and Q, and our "Tiny Dancer (we really need cool nicknames for Torrey and Jacoby)"
American express is a top 5 TE. He has proven it. Has some of the best hands in all of football. HE, not Boldin, is Flacco's security blanket. He is talented enough to disrupt teams over the middle.
Flacco also has a tactical advantage here. He has TWO wideouts who can singlehandedly (no pun intended) take over a game.
Boldin did it vs NE,
Torrey did it vs DEN.
Jacoby Makes one hell of a WR 3.
These four weapons, along with General "Bazooka Joe" Flacco, and Rice, are ones that embarassed the leagues best D, far and away.
The offense will be potent next season Ravens fans. You can take away Rice, you can take away Joe, but you cannot take away both of them at once. This alone, will take us to the postseason, and make us serious contenders.
IF, we want to repeat (which is highly unlikley, but hey, we play better with this crap right?) we will need to
Resign Mckinnie, and take a LT to groom behind him.
Resign Ellerbe and Reed.
Improve Defensivley, see the other thread I made.
And draft defensivley (with the occasional offensive player).
I do not think there is a D in the NFL capable of stopping our offense. The One Two punch at QB-RB will be hard to stop. But Ravens fans, I will say it (I have been right this postseaon haven't I?), I think we got a dynasty on our hands.
We are young enough to win a few more championships.