The Broncos and Patriots have upgraded their teams on paper this past offseason. Unfortunately I agree with Mike Preston’s assessment of the bargain basement shopping that the Ravens have done this past two offseasons (granted this offseason is not over by a long shot).
I am from the school of thought that you learn from previous lessons. Last season’s bargain deals: D. Smith, it worked out right, yes. How about Huff and Spears, well different story. Granted, this is not the only factor that possibly landed the Ravens 8-8 last season thanks to the line (scheme possibly) and the running game (lack of).
Recently, the Ravens upgraded the center position if you look at rankings from Pro Football Focus (32 to 22). I hear Richard Sherman’s post-NFC Championship Interview-especially the word he emphasized throughout-MEDIOCORE.
The Ravens were headed into below mediocre status with the offensive coordinator search until someone stepped in at the last minute. That same someone has to step in for this upcoming draft (on offense) and the remaining offseason. The Ravens are in a tricky position right now; they can propel to the elite class or remain in the dimension of mediocrity.