An 8-8 season isn't what I wanted, I was thinking a 10-6 record before it started. We were an average football team this year in all three phases, same mistakes week after week.. and it showed in our record. You can't get more average than 8-8. We had a target on our backs week after week being super bowl champs, getting the best from each team every game. I'm actually very impressed with what we accomplished this year and how many games we won and fighting to the very end in five(maybe six) of our eight losses. I'm not happy or satisfied with our 2013 record, I obviously want better for my Ravens, but it is impressive. Think about it: Tough schedule, game delays, losing eight starters from the super bowl team(Ray Lewis and Matt Birk retiring, Boldin Traded, Pollard being released and Reed, Cary Williams, Kruger and Ellerbe to FA). Then not to mention losing Pitta all of camp, pre-season and 12 games of the regular season, Jacoby Jones being hurt a few games, Flacco with a sprained MCL, both Rice and Pierce battling through injuries, losing K.O. and a whole new revamped defense. Now I know every team faces adversity every year, but that's a long list. I was NOT impressed with the Juan Castillo and his scheme or Caldwell's boring and predictable offensive plans. On "O" we were trying to be a team we aren't. We aren't a pass first/pass happy team. We run the ball with a hat on a hat blocking scheme. We should create an offensive system and game plan that fits our guys we have and there strengths. Run the ball with the best 1-2 punch in the game with the best FB in the NFL. The passing game will open up and be a threat, With Smith being not only a speedster down field but now a complete receiver, Pitta in the middle, Rice as an outlet and now the emergence of Marlon Brown. Fire Castillo and beg Caldwell to get creative. The guys are the on defense. We finally have two shut down corners, a young promising safety, and a REALLY GOOD front seven. I have not liked Pees as the coordinator since he filled the position! Only being concerned with 3rd down and red zone %? I want organized chaos back! We have the boys to do it! Pees calls very boring and vanilla defense, honestly. Get him out of there. Maybe there is a reason Pagano and Rex (aggressive play callers)got head coaching jobs. To me that's a waste of talent and amazing potential.
2014 expectations: Get healthy and focused. I think Pitta, Daryl Smith, Monroe, Art and Jacoby Jones should be re-signed and let Ozzie do his thing in the draft. I love Marlon Brown, I'd like to see him put on about ten of 15 pounds...he'll be a beast either way. Get back to our 2008-2010 offensive PHILOSOPHY, run first and run often and gain big chunks in the passing game. Get the O-line a LOT better as well. And on defense.. just hunt. Get after the opposing QB. Sack em, hit em and chase em, force throws and get interceptions. We have the potential to be a very great defense. Just have a lot more aggressive game plan and play calling, don't just focus on 3rd down and red zone %, focus on sacks, rank against the run, interceptions along with the 3rd down and red zone%. I see us getting back on track. We will go 11-5 next year. Win, lose or tie.. I LOVE my Ravens. Great effort you guys.