I have heard all the lines about how when you lose veterans the way the Ravens have, the team needs to learn how to win, gell together and in the long run rebuild. Well I don't buy this. Last night I was watching the Patriots and really for all my knowledge on football plaers, granted is is not much, but I could only say I recognized two players. Gronk and Brady. I look at these guys and said why is it the Ravens have at least 5 or 6 players anyone in football aware class knows. Why is it a team like the Pats can year in and out put a team on the field and contend for a SB.
Last night made me think, if one organization can do this than why do others use the excuse that they are rebuilding when they start losing.
i think the preponderance of the answer to your question, young lady, lies mainly in the coaching, and to a lessor degree ownership. the vast majority of NFL players are (via an excruciating selection process based upon how good you are, not who you know) championship caliber athletes. but that doesn't make for a championship caliber team unless the leadership/coaching/ownership are also championship caliber. coaches and assistants are too often chosen not on the basis of best talent & organizational fit but on patronage & favoritism, e.g. mattison, castillo. the patriots are always in the hunt because they operate - to use a military analogy - like marines. that is to say mainly on the basis of merit, discipline, and highest proficiency at every level within the organization. all of their leaders & coaches are respected if disliked. NFL players, like marines, will gladly go into "combat" with a leader/coach they dislike as a person but respect as a "warrior" because effective teamwork & mission accomplishment (championships) depend on it. the last true "warriors" and leader-coaches the ravens had were a few guys named ray lewis, ed reed, and anquan boldin. we are now witnessing just how much those guys carried the ravens and it's coaching staff during their time, and it should NEVER be that way. consistently high-performing organizations breed competence & leadership throughout the ranks in an impartial, merit-based system. that's an ethos that begins at the top. the patriots have that.