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[News] Eisenberg: Ravens Taking Right Approach After Winning Super Bowl

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The Ravens will have to let some pivotal players walk away this offseason.

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The greatest victory of this post-season was seeing Flacco mature into one of the great QBs of this league. We need to sign him and start building a system around him for sustained success. I agree, that getting caught up in the moment and risking that just to repeat, would be foolish.
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Joe Linta going to ruin this team,Joe Flacco can settled for less and Ray Lewis not being paid anymore can support the salary cap
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[quote name='PolishRifle' timestamp='1360434375' post='1351799']
The greatest victory of this post-season was seeing Flacco mature into one of the great QBs of this league. We need to sign him and start building a system around him for sustained success. I agree, that getting caught up in the moment and risking that just to repeat, would be foolish.
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I agree, too many people get caught up with immediate success. Ozzie has always been good at bringing in talent, especially on defense. I actually look forward to seeing who he brings in next.
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I can do both, Discuss off season salary cap issues and still enjoy the thrill of being Superbowl champions! Up here in York PA with so many Squeeler fans and Eagles fans around, I plan to be shoving i it there faces every day with my new arsenal of Superbowl Champion hats, sweatshirts, shirts and Beer cuzzies!
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Yes they did! :-)

We may have to move on but I'm getting as much mileage out of this as I can!
Been waving my new Superbowl hat in front of all the Steelers fans out here in PA.
They just hang their heads. Got a brother in NE that still thinks they were robbed and watching the 49'rs fans go beserk at the inhumanity of it all is just priceless too!
THANK YOU RAVENS!!!!
Let's do it again next year, this is fun!
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I was pleased with the press conference and the fact they were not going to repeat 2001.
There are players on this team that can be replaced with some of the young talented players we have been grooming. I for one have faith in Ozzie. We have more salary cap space than people think, There are players I beleive ozzie has already decided not to resign, like Williams and Cody. There are other guys that will retire other than Ray. I know they will get the deal done with Flacco because the franchise tag would hurt the cap situation to much. There is no doubt in my mind that if we can sure up this Defence and get it back to a top 10 at least, We will be a better team and make a post season run at the title again.

One of the reasons it is so hard to repeat is we will get the toughest schedule in the league, and most every team we play will be looking to bring there "A" game against us. But if you look at the possability of being a better team than we were this season, then we've got a good shot at going all the way, again.
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Everyone should go read Bill Barnwell's Grantland piece on Ozzie. If any team in the NFL can repeat, it's the Ravens because of Ozzie, and my sunglasses only have a slight purple tint.
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We have some challenges ahead, but as far as the division is concerned, I think that the Steelers and Bengals have worse cap struggles. I like our chances of at least winning our division, which gets us in the playoffs. And if this year proved anything is that once we get into the playoffs anything is possible.
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I have heard that the last 6 or 7 Super Bowl winners HAVE NOT made it back to the playoffs, the following year. Is this correct ?
If so.....regardless, WE WILL !
In order to PLAY LIKE A RAVEN we must first, PLAN LIKE A RAVEN !
Its OUR CAW!
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I think i'd be fine with Cary leaving, but as far Reed,Kruger and Ellerbe i don't think we can afford to let any of them walk especially Ellerbe or Reed.
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Restructure Q's contract to let him have a few more good years and then retire a Raven. He has them in him, and under Caldwell's leadership he and Joe have never had better chemistry.
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Well, i know we are going to lose somebody we don't want to, that happens. Its the NFL and we should be use to it by now. This is my opinion, but i think we need to retain Ellerbe and Kruger. We can move on from Ed Reed and Cary Williams, and thats hard to say because they were the only 2 to start all 16 games, but Webb will be back, and Ed is getting old.

I just really hope we can retain Boldin and Jacoby Jones. We need our offense to be left alone.
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Would Boldin take a pay cut? The fact that he's gonna retire if we cut him suggests maybe he would, for the good of the team. We must keep him though, and Jones.
Get rid of Cary, he's not that good anyway and with Webb, Smith, Graham, Brown, Jackson we have pretty good CBs.
Reed is a difficult one. It makes sense to move on from him but it'd make me sick to see him in a different uniform.
Ellerbe we MUST keep, our LB core will center around him.
Would be nice to keep Kruger, but we will cope without him if we must. Upshaw can be as good as him I believe, and if we draft an extra pass rusher we'll be fine.
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My squeelers buddies probably thought I was gonna blow up their cells with this and that! I sent one or two texts but, Im taking this SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP "In Sride"! Everyone seen what went down and the Ravens are the team to be with or FEAR!
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The teams that make the changes and that have great coaching usually are always in the hunt. Now we are amongst that elite group of teams. Being in love with a player to the point where it hurts the team is a non-starter in today's NFL. Only a few top players can remain year after year. Others must go in order to make room for new and exciting players who can take you all-the-way. I like the new thinking. If a team chooses the youngsters wisely the fans always win. GO RAVENS!!!!!!
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Hard to say but Kruger and Cary Williams are two that are headed to the chopping block. Boldin and Reed are must keeps because of the leadership vacuum. Flacco played great but is not a 100 million dollar qb so we may have to franchise him to make sure he doesn't bomb next year. McKinnie stepped up and was a big help but I don't see him being back but Dannel Ellerbe is a have to have. Ellerbe is a must keep. Paying Flacco to throw the ball and Leach to block for a running game isn't going to happen so Leach may be a casualty. It is going to be hard to keep the three I want and we may only end up keeping Ellerbe out of the whole lot even so, we will still be a formidable team. We have some good young safeties, strong at corner, keeping Ellerbe with Suggs, Upshaw and McLain we should still be good. They were grooming Doss for Boldin's role but he fell short so hopefully we can keep Boldin. Other than losing Leach, if we can keep Boldin we have a strong offense and locking in restricted free agents Pitta and Dickson will seal the deal. To me a repeat is not only possible but is probable.
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Great article. Enjoyed reading it. At this point, I have complete faith in this organization. They're not stupid, and they've learned from the past. No Al Davis or Jerry Jones mentality here. Whether this team wins next year or not, it's all good. Why? Because the Ravens give the average fan everything you could ever want in a team and organization. Without a doubt, the Ravens give themselves the best chance each year to win the Super Bowl.

So let's keep enjoying this taste of super bowl victory and support this great organization!!!

Thank you Ravens!!!

Dominate!!!!!!
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As a fan the hardest part of the season is the "off-season" when you know that players you have learned to love will not be back. I understand that is the business side of the game but it doesn't make it any less sad.
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This is the part of the off season that is the hardest.Business is business and I know that front office gang will do everything that it can,even burning the mid-night oil, to build an excellent team.I knew coming in to this season that the team wouldn't be intact afterwards but it was a season to remember.The front office has made decisions for all these years and they have panned out.I trust them 100%.OTA'S can't get here fast enough.
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Joe - you know the Ravens gotta keep Boldin. You know football and you know the right thing to do is take less money so the Ravens can keep Q. He can then retire next year after Ravens repeat.
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Here is our priority list:
1. Flacco
2. Ellerbe
3. Boldin
4. McKinnie
5. Jacoby Jones
6. Ed Reed

I am absolutely certain that we cannot keep Kruger and Williams.

The ones that I have not heard anyone discuss is the status of Pitta and Dickson? What is deal there? I think they both are restricted free agents. What kind of tender should we place on them? I am sure Pitta would receive a first round tender. What about Dickson? Can someone throw some light on the restricted FAs?
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We are indeed the Champions! My little brother in Baltimore wants to send me a bunch of stuff with Super Bowl Champions stamped on it. I told him it's not necessary. All I need is my new Ravens beanie with the cool ball on top. I wear it around town, to the office, through the office, in the grocery store, basically wherever I want. I can't stop laughing inside. And I see all the people sneaking peaks. For all the NFL fans, those who matter, they look and see. :)
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Agree w/ Tyche's priority list. We should also remember that the Ravens aren't the only 'player' in this drama. Other teams will come after our guys and you never know what they will offer. Some will overpay and make it almost impossible for us to keep a player or impossible for that player to stay. We'll see.
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