After a disappointing year as the Ravens just had it's natural, and even helpful, to focus on what went wrong. But it's still important to remember the things that went well this year, so I wanted to start this thread to commemorate the things that can give us hope for next year.
1) Elvis Dumervil is a nightmare off the edge. As a situational pass rusher he was incredibly efficient at providing pressure on the QB. Considering the bargain price we got on his contract, I would say he was the best FA signing of the offseason by any team.
2) Torrey Smith continued to improve. This season he was our first 1000 yard receiver since Derrick Mason left. He showed off his ability to run the full route tree. Although there were games where he seemed to disappear, I would put that more on a lack of help from the rest of the WR corps. I have no doubt he'll continue to be a top-20 WR in this league for years to come.
3) Marlon Brown had a record setting rookie year. He's a big bodied WR who can outmuscle DBs in the end zone. I'm excited to see how he continues to develop with another red zone threat next year in Dennis Pitta to take some of the pressure off of him. With all the hype that other physical rookie wideouts such as Keenan Allen and Deandre Hopkins got, and it was deserved for them, Brown had an effective year as well.
4) Justin Tucker doing JT things. He's our All-Pro kicker for the next decade. No chance of him shanking a 30 yarder in a big game. If you weren't jumping out of your seat to celebrate his 61 yard game winner against the lions then you're either dead inside or a Detroit fan. So basically the only option is that you're dead inside.
5) Jimmy Smith got better by leaps and bounds. I was as excited as anyone when the Ravens drafted Smith at the bottom of the first round in 2011. He's 6'2, 212 pounds and he can run a 4.4 40 and jump out of the gym. But at the beginning of this year the bust buzz was beginning to grow. Even the late game heroics in the Super Bowl weren't enough to quiet the doubters, and I'd admit that I was among them. In the second half of this season he just seemed to have the game slow down for him, and his final 10 game of the year showed the shutdown corner potential we all saw when he was drafted.
I know that this is a far from all-inclusive list, and I hope that everyone else can think of things to add on to it.