The Baltimore Ravens had several unique distinctions heading into the 2007 season. Coming off of a 13-3 campaign last year, hopes were high for a defense that was amongst the most talented in the league, and an offense that looked as if it would finally turn the corner.
It also had the distinction of having three players on the Yardbarker athlete blogging network. Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, and Mark Clayton all logged on at least weekly to give their take on the early season successes and failures, and how they were maintaining through it all.
And then, much like the season, it all fell down.
After the Ravens began to plummet midway through the season, you stopped hearing about Ray Lewis’ messages of brotherhood through struggle, Scott’s predictions on the NBA season, and Clayton’s visits to local high schools. Each of the players last posted in early November, and haven’t been heard from since.
A number of issues led to the Ravens’ bad year on the field, but there’s no good reason for the players to give up on allowing fans insight into their perspective. Donovan McNabb is a good example of how to stand in and take heat for bad performances; both individual and collective.
Sad that not being close in games would translate the same way in the Yard.