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[News] Late For Work 2/13: Don’t Expect Same Ravens Team

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Lewis vs. Kaepernick – What could have been. Party continues in Baltimore. Flacco an All-American guy.

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We won it at the right time. Some good pick ups and draft choices could have the Ravens right back in the hunt. The down side of our situation is that there are teams like Denver whose window has just opened. It will be tough to repeat.
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Ray would of handled Kaepernick like he did Sproles. No way he would've let him score, 1 on 1 with him with the Superbowl on the line...I don't care how bad he played that game or how old he is.
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"Stop him and the Ravens win. Don't stop him, and the Ravens lose."

I don't agree with this. If he had scored there would have still been almost 2 minutes remaining, and we still had all three timeouts. Would a game winning drive under those circumstances really be impossible?
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Nah Denver doesnt have that much of a window. I give Manning 3 years more tops, likely only 2. Hes old and he's brittle. Wont be long before Denver has a major QB problem at hand and fades back into the background.
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Why does the media assume that the Ravens would have lost the Superbowl if the 49'ers would have scored that last touchdown? They would have left plenty of time on the clock for Joe to march the offense back down for a score.
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It wasn't the "same old" Ravens team, that won the Superbowl anyway. Did we have dominant overpowering defense? No, we were middle of pack defensively heading into the playoffs. Did we ground and pound our way through the playoffs? No, NE and SF actually did a good job taking that away from us.
All I remember is Baltimore having the most explosive dynamic offense of the playoffs. You kind of have to get used to this, but it is the current reality for the Ravens anyway (Flacco and Rice being the central pieces of our team).
The biggest priorities in the off-season are:

1. Sign Flacco
2. Make sure our OLine continues to play at a high level
3. Get atleast one more year of Boldin and find a heir apparent
4. Defense

It's a big shift in team philosophy, but one that fits the nature of todays league.
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[quote name='Baltimore Bandwagon' timestamp='1360768597' post='1356562']
Why does the media assume that the Ravens would have lost the Superbowl if the 49'ers would have scored that last touchdown? They would have left plenty of time on the clock for Joe to march the offense back down for a score.
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They quickly forget about the 89 yard, 1:00 march Flacco led down the field at Heinz Field against the Steelers two seasons ago. and that was against highly rated Steelers defense!
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I like Peter King's "what if scenario". What a worthless topic!

What if Boldin doesn't catch that TD pass? What if Tuck missed the field goal in the 4th? What if Jacoby does not run that ball back?

Sounds stupid, doesn't it? But it's Peter King...guess I can't expect much. My bad.
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@BaltimoreBandwagon: That really upsets me too. Beyond them scoring the touchdown, people act like if they called holding it would have won them the game. No, it would have put them at the two and a half. It's like Ravens fans who say we were a missed kick away from beating New England last season. Completely delusional.

I feel like Peter King's content is slipping. A hypothetical play that never happened and Flacco going to Cleveland. These are the stories we can expect in the offseason?

@RiseandConquer81: If you get on here and read this, yesterday I said Cary Williams wasn't going to be worth the contract he would inevitably get. I said he allowed a lot of first downs against him. You came back and asked for a source as opposed to googling it yourself. I gave you the source, then you said it was bad. All the while not debating my original point at all. Do you contend that we should sign Cary Williams to a long term deal at the market price he will command?
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It is going to be tough to repeat. I believe we are going to lose alot of our starters next year. Unless Ozzie can work some magic some where with the numbers. I know we will be competative for a long time but a repeat would be difficult if we kept everyone, nearly impossible if we lose most as we probably will.
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Cody was good for a few laughs and maybe tripping someone once in a while on his back... Ravens need to find a good replacement for him.
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On another note, how about Jimmy Smith stepping up in the post season and SB. He was clutch. He made that huge Special Teams tackle on Punt coverage in OT against Denver and the last 9ers series in the SB. If he elevates his play next season, and Webb returns to his healthy self, they will be tough, with or without Cary Williams. Honestly, for J smith to pan out I hoped he would take over Williams spot on the depth chart...
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I for one, am getting a bit tired of seeing this headline. One day after the SB win, that is ALL I've seen in sports headline everywhere. No team will be the same team, especially one like ours that needs to sign a SB winning QB. And all the hypothetical what-ifs regarding our win, fact is we did win so get over it SI. In the meantime, I will just wait for some news on our FO progress.
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[quote name='RisingandConquering' timestamp='1360768487' post='1356559']
"Stop him and the Ravens win. Don't stop him, and the Ravens lose."

I don't agree with this. If he had scored there would have still been almost 2 minutes remaining, and we still had all three timeouts. Would a game winning drive under those circumstances really be impossible?
[/quote]exactly what were we going to do stand around and let the clock run out . nonesense. I don't understand why all the what if's . its done the better team won.
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@metalraven, What if the power dosn't go out for 34 minutes and the offence doesn't sit on the bench for over 80 minutes and loose the momentum we had going into the thid quarter.

I agree, It's a silly article.
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[quote name='RisingandConquering' timestamp='1360768487' post='1356559']
"Stop him and the Ravens win. Don't stop him, and the Ravens lose."

I don't agree with this. If he had scored there would have still been almost 2 minutes remaining, and we still had all three timeouts. Would a game winning drive under those circumstances really be impossible?
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Absolutely. As a matter of fact, I think most of us were looking to that as our path to victory once SF got the ball inside the 10. I think the smart money would have been on SF getting a TD at that point, they way they were moving the ball. I didn't foresee the Raven's historic goal-line stand.

I was very confident we'd have moved the ball far enough for Tucker to kick a long (indoor) FG. The big what-if, would have been whether that kick would have been for the win or the tie. That would have depended on whether SF would have been successful on the 2-point attempt after scoring the TD.

Of course, its all fodder for chat ... these "what if" scenarios. The fact was, had Jim not called the TO, that play would have been a 5 yard loss (delay) - no matter what Lewis did with Kap. Doesn't matter. Our D was beyond shaky finishing that game out, but dug deep and did what they had to, while SF I think showed some signs of jitters and inexperience in that final 2 minutes.
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I don't expect it to be the same team, I expect it to be a better team!
If we can sure up our Defence, get them back to a top 10 squad and keep a strong O-line protecting Joe, the 2013 Ravens will be tough to beat!
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Peter King and Jim Harbaugh are just sick on sour grapes. The" what if we was robbed crowd" should raise some money and take a trip to Orlando. It would be fun watching their Super Bowl ride in Fantasy Land. We could join them and Mickey Mouse in a rendition of It's a Small World. It makes me tear up just thinking about it.
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On Lewis vs. Kaepernick, Downing wrote, "Stop him and the Ravens win. Don't stop him, and the Ravens lose."

Not necessarily. At worst, the Ravens are down by three, with over a minute left and all three timeouts to get into fieldgoal range. And we have Mr. Automatic, Jr. So, not so dramatic as all that.

Besides--in all honestly, I think Kaepernick would beat a 37-year-old Ray. Glad things went the way they did.
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@jackrogers: I completely agree. When people like Frank Gore said they played better it just makes me laugh. I guess if you don't count the first 32 minutes of the game where we scored a ton more points than them. Or Jim with the "We would have won if you called holding." Last time I checked holding calls don't grant you any points. Then you got the guys saying Flacco got lucky Raheem Moore misplayed the ball in Denver and we shouldn't even of been in the Super Bowl. Where are those people saying Flacco got unlucky last year? Every year every team is a few lucky bounces away, that's football, get over it. I don't care if we were the 'best team.' Nobody plays to have the best statistical season. You play to win the championship. I hope Frank Gore enjoys looking at the 9ers stats in the trophy case.
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[quote name='Bat-mite' timestamp='1360772709' post='1356603']
On Lewis vs. Kaepernick, Downing wrote, "Stop him and the Ravens win. Don't stop him, and the Ravens lose."

Not necessarily. At worst, the Ravens are down by three, with over a minute left and all three timeouts to get into fieldgoal range. And we have Mr. Automatic, Jr. So, not so dramatic as all that.

Besides--in all honestly, I think Kaepernick would beat a 37-year-old Ray. Glad things went the way they did.
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Field goal range?
pfffft, Jacoby gets at least 30 on the return, Joe goes 4-wide gun with Pierce in the backfield, makes his MVP case even stronger and sets up Tucker for an extra point attempt instead. Niners could not cover us. with 3 timeouts left, we run that show everytime.
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[quote name='caw710' timestamp='1360771122' post='1356586']
I don't expect it to be the same team, I expect it to be a better team!
If we can sure up our Defence, get them back to a top 10 squad and keep a strong O-line protecting Joe, the 2013 Ravens will be tough to beat!
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Agreed! I think the key is to keep the offense intact, including resigning McKinnie and not cutting Boldin. The balance of strength for the Ravens has clearly shifted to the offense, and we need to keep it that way. If that means we lose starters off of the defense, including Ed Reed, then that's what we'll have to live with. If there are massive personnel changes to be made, the sacrifice needs to come from the defensive side of the ball. We still have Haloti, Sizzle, Pollard and Webb under contract for next year, hopefully, all back at full strength. That's a pretty strong core.
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I had no idea Matt Stafford was being paid 20.86 mil a year!?!?! He hasn't done much of anything? Joe really is holding all the cards... I'm sure Ozzie and the FO will work out a fair deal for both sides. I just hope its sooner rather than later...
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