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#1 BALTIMOREFLACCO

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 02:33 PM

We have a "what are you worried about" thread, so how about a what are you optimistic about thread? Why should we be excited for this season? What will be different from last year for good? 

 

I'll start it off with an obvious one:

 

 


Edited by BALTIMOREFLACCO, 05 August 2014 - 02:34 PM.

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 03:09 PM

I am positive that we will be better running the ball and stopping the run in 2014. These two things seem to drive our success.
 

2013

Offense: 1,328 total yds (3.1 yrds/carry)

Defense: 1,687 total yds allowed (3.8 yrds/carry)

 

2012

Offense: 1,901 total yds (4.3 yrds/carry)

Defense: 1,965 total yds allowed (4 yrds/carry)

 

2011

Offense: 1,996 total yrds (4.3 yrds/carry)

Defense: 1,482 total yrds allowed (3.5 yrds/carry)

 

You can see clearly why we were such a mediocre team last year. We could absolutely not run the ball and we were not totally great in stopping the run. 2012 we were somewhat lucky. Our run defense was not good at all, but our offense sure lifted us through the playoffs. 2011 was our most talented team over the past five years; a shame a couple of plays kept us from the Super Bowl.

 

Side note, in comparison, 2006 (arguably our best defense of recent years) we allowed 3.1 yrds/carry.

 

I am positive that we will be back in the realm of 4 yrds per carry and around 3.5 yrds per carry allowed on defense. The offensive line looks like it is back to form, and could be one of the better units in the NFL. The RBs also look like they are playing for their jobs. In addition, Kub's scheme should help.

 

On defense, we have a great/elite rotation at both NT and DT with Williams, Ngata, Timmy & Tyson. I am a little worried about the DE spot, I hope KLM steps up. Upshaw and Suggs are both great at setting the edge. Suggs is a true hybrid edge setter and pass rusher. Mosley is sounding like he is the real deal. I hope Smith gets better at run support. He was pretty abysmal last year. If he is doing the same thing this year, Mosley may find time at MIKE with Brown and Smith rotating at WILL.

 

Lastly, Elam should be a great run support guy on the backend.

 

Go Ravens!!


Edited by acranfor, 05 August 2014 - 03:10 PM.

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 03:16 PM

Rice back down to proper playing weight and a regrouping upfront on the oline.
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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:19 PM

I'm confident that Joe Flacco finally reaches his potential this season and distinguishes himself as the best QB in the NFL.


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:19 PM

Working the middle of the field on offense
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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:26 PM

The key to our offense is the offensive line and it looks to be much improved. KO is back and Yanda is ready to go. Zuttah is a pretty mobile center so he should be great for zone blocking, I'd even throw him in as a dark horse for all pro because if the scheme is run well his weaknesses will be nullified in the run game. Monroe is just going to get better, I predict an elite season from him as he's both the best lineman on the team physically and the best fit for the scheme. KO moves well enough that he can play tackle in a pinch and that's why having him at guard really bodes well for us in this scheme. If KO can continue his development and begin reaching his potential he could be the third all pro candidate on the team. Ricky Wagner is another great fit and a guy whose weaknesses will less problematic in our run game but passing wise and when we just wanna hammer up the middle I worry about him a bit but we can switch him out if needed. 

 

Im also very happy about the bit of depth we have shaping up. Jensen is going to be huge some day, Urschel I think could be our future center with the intelligence to take over if Zuttah went down. Mims is back and hopefully he can get it right this time around, his strength is amazing.

 

The line and its depth please me and I think we will continue to get better in this area. 


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:53 PM

Said multiple times. I'm optimistic about a Super Bowl
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Posted 05 August 2014 - 04:58 PM

I don't know if it's because of Bobby Engram, Steve Smith or a renewed sense of urgency, but all our receivers look better already and are making catches we've never seen out of this generation of Baltimore WRs. 


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 05:15 PM

The coaching staff on the offensive side of the ball is much improved.


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 05:27 PM

Torrey Smith making the Pro Bowl Leap


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 05:42 PM

The offense keeping drives alive and the D making the critical stops in the 4th qtr. Plus 4 in the win column.


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 07:31 PM

One question? Is Brandon Williams the strongest Raven? Wow!!!!!!

If this is true,  our defensive line is beast.....  We have athletes at every position.  


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 07:49 PM

We have a "what are you worried about" thread, so how about a what are you optimistic about thread? Why should we be excited for this season? What will be different from last year for good?

I'll start it off with an obvious one:

The only other candidate I would've been really excited was Jordan matthews.

But CJ is the man. Both have major class. But CJ will be a leader among men. When suggs/ngata is gone in near future, this guy is going to be the guy that will carry our defense.

Edited by Ravenseconbeast, 05 August 2014 - 07:50 PM.

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 08:20 PM

Good to see Wagner seems to be holding his own.  Only heard good things from him especially considering he is up against Upshaw and Dumervil.  Can't wait to see how the line hold up against San Fran.


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 08:52 PM

Well since this ​is a positive thread, I am positive that Flacco will be the first QB in NFL history to throw for 10,000 yards in a regular season! 


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 09:10 PM

Well since this ​is a positive thread, I am positive that Flacco will be the first QB in NFL history to throw for 10,000 yards in a regular season!

I could do it in Madden on Easy! Haha
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Posted 05 August 2014 - 09:11 PM

I think Poe has his best season yet.


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 09:12 PM

I could do it in Madden on Easy! Haha

I could do it on All-Madden maybe with 7 min quarters and no accelerated clock.  I'd have him looking like a football god.


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 09:15 PM

I could do it on All-Madden maybe with 7 min quarters and no accelerated clock. I'd have him looking like a football god.

On easy I had Flacco do 12,000 by week 13. I had him averaging about 1000 yards a week because I put Torrey in the slot on every play
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Posted 05 August 2014 - 09:16 PM

Optimism - We will win the division. There are a number of reasons that I feel come in to play. The first is our coaching staff. The second is our overall organization. Then we have a team that has that “it” factor when it comes to competing. Our overall team is as talent as any other. We have good depth in almost every position. Our guys REALLY did not like sitting out in January. We have a lot easier schedule than the Bengals. And I think that Pittsburg has another year before they are fully back to their dominant ways. I think that the new offense is going to be great for Joe. Ray Rice will be out to prove a lot on the field this year. Pitta will be back to his old form. Steve Smith Sr. knows that he has been given a gift and also knows that now is his best shot at getting that SB ring. He will have a fire all season long. Suggs was not a happy camper about missing the playoffs. I think that he will push all the defense to do better and Pees is emphatic that the defense get its swagger back. Our O-line got flak all year from us fans and they know they will be under a microscope. The talent is there and I think that Gary’s zone blocking scheme will work very well. The last thing is Ozzie and his steals during preseason. He will plug any depth problems. I am going to make a prediction for the first time ever. I think that we will be 11-6 this year. So, come on Ravens! Let's get the division and our swag back!!


Edited by ravens533, 05 August 2014 - 09:19 PM.

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