I watched the state of the ravens yesterday and I heard Ozzie mention a certain type of player the team is looking for at WR. He basically said by the time the 2014 season starts, he will have his "guy." Now I was as excited as most when I heard this but then I got to thinking.... Instead of us finding our "guy", why can't we go out and find our "guys?"
I mean, every time we go searching for help at receiver (or help on offense in general), we always look for that one guy, then we ignore the WR position for the next few years, in hopes of this "one" guy being the savior. Meanwhile, on defense we bring in 2 or 3 players for each position of need to try to improve those positions.
Well we need to do what we did in 2005, when we signed a free agent receiver (Derrick Mason), and drafted one as well (Mark Clayton). That's almost ten years since we made any kind of serious effort to bring in high level guys at wideout. Even before 2005, we always depended on the savior. Remember Travis Taylor anyone? Once we drafted Taylor in 2000, we didn't really try to bring in any top level receiver until 05.
We need to sign multiple free agent WRs, or draft 2 or 3 guys in the draft, two of them being high draft picks (1st, 2nd, or 3rd rounders), or a mixture of both.
Whatever the case may be, we need to bring in at least 3 highly talented guys that could compete for the second receiver spot. I'm not saying we should break the bank for receivers, but teams like the Packers, Saints, Giants, Eagles, 49ers, Seahawks, Broncos, etc.... those teams bring in multiple guys each year to compete for a roster spot and we need to do the same.
And no... 6th or 7th rounders, UDFAs, waiver and practice squad guys don't count. That's the Ravens way of doing things. We need to switch things up and start making an assertive effort to CONSTANTLY bring in talented WRs. Not just this off-season, but moving forward as well. The front office set Joe up for failure by trading Boldin, now it's time to make it up to him by finding him multiple guys to throw to. Ozzie said it himself at the presser, "finding a good wide receiver is hit or miss".
Basically Ozzie was saying that it's a 50/50 chance a WR will come in and fit our (or any team) system (or in a rookie's case play well in the NFL, like he did in college). Well, if that's the case, then bringing in multiple guys would be the smart thing to do IMO. I mean why bring in one guy in hopes of him being the savior, if it's either hit or miss? We've done this for the last 7 years. We put the weight of the world on "one" guy shoulders, and hoped and prayed that he can turn around our always struggling offense.
What ends up happening is....
We scrutinize every single mistake our so called savior makes and he ends up being the scapegoat for why our O still sucks. But if we bring in 3 or more guys, we put ourselves in position to have a guy most likely hit, rather than miss because the more guys we bring in, the higher the chance someone steps up to be that guy. Look at what happened with Pitta and Dickson. We didn't have to put all the pressure on one guy to replace Heap. We brought in 2 guys that was competing against each other to replace him. We didn't have to worry about our one guy not stepping up because we had two guys competing and we knew that one of them would rise to the occasion.
You can use Gino for comparison on the opposite end of the speculum. Instead of bringing in another high talented guy to push Gino at center, we stuck with Gino and hoped that he could replace Birk and look how that worked out.
Anyway, I truly hope the front office recognize that bringing in "one" guy at WR is not going to be the answer for us (it hasn't worked in the last 7 years). Since WRs are so hit or miss, we need to bring in multiple guys, so Joe and hopefully the new offensive coordinator can have some weapons to work with on offense. And let's stick to talented guys with upside this time too, instead of low level receivers who is already at their ceiling when we sign them.