So you're actually saying you'd rather have a FS that whiffs tackles and can't go very fast anymore than someone who's at least 4 years younger and costs 3 million less in cap space for the year? I'm not sure why people talk down on the Ravens for Ed Reed, he (along with our entire defense) has been struggling all year.
As a fan of teams that have lost to the Ravens in the playoffs the last couple of years, I'm really happy they brought in Michael Huff. I'll just say that.
I do think some people on the Ravens are gonna have to make major strides. Including Joe Flacco. Joe Flacco has put up pretty average numbers the last couple of years, I'm as anti Joe Flacco's 120 million deal as you can be.
Flacco will most likely make those strides. He's pulled out four straight playoff games, some effective play in a Bengals game (mind you, he was taken out of the first quarter), and an ass whooping of the Giants in his last six games of the season. He had a hell of a game against the Redskins despite the loss, beat down the Patriots early on in the year and eked out a win against some generally pretty talented teams (alongside a curbstomp of the Bengals). There's no way someone who can pull off all of the things he has is the same Flacco that was playing with the Texans, and I think the root of the problem is something the entire league was talking down on us for years; Cam Cameron.
Proved he can play anywhere, especially in Mile High under ridiculous cold and in Gilette under major winds (taking away his deep ball). In fact, the only reason we didn't hit the AFC Championship a year ago is because Lee Evans dropped a game winning TD pass and Cundiff missed a chip shot! This dude has outplayed Brady 3 times straight and was the core of the team during the Super Bowl.
But I've decided that we are not going to win this war. People wanted Cam Cameron fired? All of a sudden Flacco's receivers bail him out, because Caldwell definitely doesn't play to his strengths. People say that Flacco is dull? Would you rather have Big Ben? People say Flacco needs to prove himself? Having as great a playoff run as Joe Montana and still gets labeled a below average to average qb.
Flacco only takes a 6.8 million cap hit this year and then says htat he'll restructure the backload of his contract in a couple years? Welp, he's actually overpaid, what a greedy bastard, killing this team. But Boldin, Ellerbe, and Kruger are actually taking a bigger cap hit than the center of our offense? OUR TEAM IS FUCKED!!!!
People say our defense is too old and injury prone? Well they all retire and now our team is gone. We got to the playoffs without our defense playing 100%, and now all of a sudden we have an improved defense (although we could definitely use a Strong Safety, some linebackers and some fucking special teamers because there are so many points in the Broncos game that should not have happened, plus the 49ers passed the 50 on their kickoff return) and guess what? We're bottom feeders of the AFC North.
Let the season speak. I have faith but they've addressed so many issues we've had prior that I don't even know why we're getting this crap for doing exactly what people said is holding our team back.
I almost opened my post with this, but I'll just paste it here:
The only teams I could see sneaking in are the Dolphins, or Steelers. I say the 'Phins because they were 7-9 last year going just 2-4 against the AFC east. This year, I did some digging, and they play the NFC South,(Falcons at home, giving them 3 winnable games) AFC North,(they can pick up 2 wins there) and then they play other second place division team Indianapolis and San Diego. So with 4 wins in the division, 2 against the NFC South, 2 against the AFC north and 1 against one of those 2nd placer teams they can grab 9 wins which might get them in.
Also: The Dolphins are really young and are only going to get better right?
Good news for people like me who despise the Patriots - Rob Gronkowsi may not come back. This means the Dolphins could take the AFC East if they're not careful - Brady was an absolute mess without his #1 Tight End in that AFCCG. Just means Hernandez needs to step up, although they've got Amendola now so I guess it won't be awful but we'll just have to see. Worst case scenario is that he sits out for the first couple games and Dolphins may take them on.
As for the rest - I don't know about Dolphins vs Indy, it could go either way because of Andrew Luck. But they will definitely mutilate the Chargers. Browns and Steelers are going to get beat by the Dolphins (Steelers are a maybe, Big Ben needs to stay healthy), but lol Panthers and Buccs. If the Saints address their defense then they won't be able to easily take that. But lol Jets, maybe one win against Pats (at home), and maybe one win against the Bills gives them a 4-2 record in the division, then 5 wins stated above with 2 maybes gives them a nice 10-6. Perfect for AFC Playoffs!
Dolphins have a shot now!!! Because forreal fuck that whole division.
Edited by Lord Raven, 08 April 2013 - 09:39 PM.