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  1. How much depth can you reasonably expect to have in a salary-capped league?
  2. Yes, and that was almost two decades ago. Besides, I don't think anyone thought of that team as some sort of Cinderella. They had three Hall of Famers on that team in Jonathan Ogden, Rod Woodsen and Shannon Sharpe, plus Ray Lewis when he becomes eligible. The only ones on the current squad I can think of are Marshall Yanda and maybe Justin Tucker if he keeps doing what he's doing. Trouble is, kickers don't get a lot of love in Canton. The Ravens were a 12-4 wildcard entry in to that year's playoffs in the old three-division format due to finishing behind Tennessee. Under today's four-division alignment, they'd have finished no lower than a No. 3 seed and perhaps as high as No. 2 if anyone feels compelled to go back and figure out the tiebreaker with Oakland. Those 2000 Ravens also might as well have played in the 1940s given the explosion of offense which has occurred since that time. Those Ravens, for example, were second in the NFL in yard per game at 247.9. Last year, by contast, no defense in the NFL held opponents to less than 300 ypg. They also didn't have to face many 4,000 yard passers, largely because they were still as rare as spotted owls. During the 2000 season, there were just three, whereas last year 13 different quarterbacks rang the 4,000 yard gong. The 2017 Ravens are eventually going to have to face some better signal-callers, and you have to wonder if their current defensive standing isn't at least in part a product of facing largely a who's who of have-nots on the other side of the ball. While the 2000 Ravens certainly will never be compared to some of the great offensive juggernauts, it's interesting to note that they ranked sixth in the league in total plays from scrimmage, 14th in points and 16th in yard per game despite their aversion to crossing the goal line. Who finished just ahead of them in points? The Tennessee Titans, possessors of the league's best record that year at 14-2. The current Ravens, by contrast, are 12th, 18th and 31st in those respective categories. I think the point to be made here is that man no longer lives by defense alone in today's NFL. The Ravens are largely getting what they paid for on the defensive side of the ball, which they should since the defense got all of the Day 1 and Day 2 draft picks, as well as the most expensive free agent signing. The offense got Danny Woodhead, Jeremy Maclin, and a couple of Day 3 linemen. Maybe in 2000 teams could win with such a formula, but I'm not sure it would fly today. I also thought today would have been a terrific test for the Ravens, win or lose, simply by facing Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau. Brett Hundley was a poor imitation, to say the least.
  3. Who said anything about the offense? Overall, I don't think this team is talented enough to contend for, much less win, a Super Bowl.
  4. I didn't think the Ravens were good enough to make the Super Bowl, injuries or no.
  5. Perriman had his best game as a Raven today against the Packers--as a healthy scratch.
  6. Three shutouts in an offense-driven league is impressive no matter what the circumstances, but Brett Hundley is just flat-out awful. The Packers would have been better off bringing back Bart Starr. The Ravens' offense generating only three points off three first-half Green Bay turnovers is a bit unsettling as well. I'm not convinced this team can put together the requisite four or five wins likely needed to qualify for the NFL Tournament, but we'll see what happens on the next stop of the Backup QB Tour against Houston.
  7. This year's free-agent crop isn't exactly overflowing with viable starting pitchers, which is naturally going to drive up the price for those who are available. The downside to Cobb, of course, is the 2015 Tommy John surgery and the fact that he's never come close to pitching 200 innings in a single season. Still, it wouldn't be surprising at all to see Cobb sign a contract in the neighborhood of five years and close to $100 million. Such is the law of supply and demand.
  8. One coach who is certain to be unemployed is Ben McAdoo following the G'ints loss to previously winless San Francisco.
  9. Major League owners also have the right to withhold approval of Angelos's heirs owning the team. Angelos isn't the most popular figure in most major league parlors, so it isn't beyond reason to think that the rest of MLB ownership wouldn't try to and rid itself of the Angelos family if and when they are given the opportunity.
  10. I see what you're saying about a potentially flooded market, but a lot of the guys on that list, however, will be 30 and above by the time they hit free agency. The only way they'll accept pillow deals is if the market for their services simply never develops.
  11. Jones has threatened to sue the other NFL owners in the past, so it isn't as if they all haven't been down this road before. And he and the other 31 owners voted back in May to authorize the competition committee to finalize an extension for Goodell. Once a vote is cast, it can't be undone. Jerruh must think of himself as the modern-day version of Al Davis. Like Al Davis, he's acting out of naked self interest.
  12. I'm not sure I understand what you're saying here.
  13. Since 2012, if you measure the players selected against their impact on the field, the Ravens' drafts have been noticeably weak.
  14. Hell, if you're going to go with an offense better suited toward a running quarterback, why not bring back Keenan Reynolds? He ran the wildcat and the triple option in college, so the transition to more of a zone read type of offense would be a bit more seamless with a guy who's at least familiar with the Ravens' playbook.
  15. I don't think the West Coast offense--which Mornhinweg runs--necessarily needs a mobile quarterback in order to succeed. What it does require, however, since it is an offense predicated on timing, is precise footwork on the part of the quarterback. Quarterbacks in the West Coast have to learn to time their drops with each receiver's route and that's something which takes time to learn. Mastering those nuances allows a quarterback to throw in rhythm and hit the same release point with every throw, which, in turn, results in greater accuracy. The trouble here is 1) Flacco's footwork is atrocious, and 2) Raven receivers have to look up the word "route" in the dictionary. Whatever it is Marty is trying to run, it doesn't fit the personnel he currently has. Flacco is never going to be mistaken for Joe Montana; he's not the kind of guy who is going to make a living on shorter timed routes. The only difference between Marty and Kubiak is Kubiak looked at what he had and tailored his offense around it. In his eight years in Houston, he had Matt Schaub--not exactly a modern-day version of Fran Tarkenton--and yet the Texans posted the third-best completion percentage in the league during the eight years they ran Kubiak's offense. In New York, yes, Marty had Geno Smith at quarterback, but he also had Rex Ryan as his boss, a guy who viewed offense as a necessary evil. To Rex, the only function of an offense is to put the defense in position to win the game. The two were never going to find a happy medium. If there's a common denominator between Marty running a successful offense as opposed to not, it isn't whether he had a mobile quarterback. Rather, he succeeded when he had a veteran who had previously run the West Coast--guys such as Brett Favre (he was Green Bay's QB coach in their Super Bowl years) Steve Young, Jeff Garcia and Donovan McNabb. Other than Michael Vick, a mobile quarterback who had his two best passing years under Mornhinweg in 2010 and 2011, Marty has never been able to take a previously non-West Coast quarterback and make them a success. Joey Harrington, Charlie Batch and Geno Smith all essentially died in the West Coast offense. Marc Trestman tried to make Flacco into a traditional West Coast quarterback and it got him a quick ticket out of town. Marty is still trying to fit the same square pegs into the same round holes.