It’s official, today is our last day as the reigning SuperBowl champs. Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Our last day to associate completely with everything that was accomplished by the 2012 Ravens team. When Ray Lewis announced that the season would be his “last ride” and how the team rallied and Ray retired a champion.
I’ve come to realize during the 2013 season that Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard, Anquan Boldin, Brendan Ayenbadajo Matt Birk, Danelle Ellerbe, Paul Kruger and it hurts me to say but even Cam Cameron were under appreciated during the 2012 season. I don’t believe that the absence of these players is what caused us to miss the playoffs for the first time in 4 seasons. There are leaders who have stepped up within the locker room. I can’t imagine that Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, Ray Rice and Joe Flacco weren’t leaders. This years Ravens team didn’t show the fire to win and play for everything. This year our division was extremely competitive.
Changes and adjustments made to and by the coaching staff were to the detriment of our offense. And if someone would have told me one year ago that I would miss Cam Cameron, I would have spit out my drink. I know there were major injuries but every team has injuries they have to play through. I get that not having Dennis Pitta, Ray Rice and Jacoby Jones were key factors in our meager offensive play. The coaching, specifically Offensive Coaching, is I hold responsible for this years mediocre record.
A strong foundation for ANY successful football team begins with the Offensive Line. This is where it all begins. The O-Line allows the running and passing game to flourish. It gives options and opportunities to the offense. It tires out the other teams defense by continuing drives throughout the course of the game while allowing our defense to be well rested and fresh. It prevents unnecessary hits on the quarterback and time to execute plays. Again, it’s the foundation.
Hiring Kubiack is promising since he has a successful history as OC with Mike Shanahan. I hope the changes implemented in the offseason will return respectability to the team’s offense.