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Garrett Downing, BaltimoreRavens.com
Arthur Jones had a big year at the right time.
The defensive lineman broke out as one of the Ravens’ best defenders in 2013, and is now set to cash in on the free agent market.
“He has definitely put himself in a position that teams could definitely bid on him very high because if you put the tape on, they’re going to like him a lot,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said during an interview at the combine.
Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports
For the first time in the John Harbaugh-Joe Flacco era, the Ravens didn’t make the playoffs. It had become something of a foregone conclusion; since arriving in 2008, Baltimore never won fewer than nine games, and always ended up in the postseason, including two trips to the AFC Championship Game.
But it never came together in 2013; the offense never gelled, Flacco never found that hot streak, and the defense wasn’t in any position to do the heavy lifting. At the midway point, Baltimore was 3-5. They finished 5-3, but back-to-back losses to the Patriots and Bengals to end the season doomed their fates and for the first time in six years they enter the offseason with plenty of questions about where it all went wrong and why.
But if history is any guide, general manager Ozzie Newsome will do what he does and Harbaugh and Flacco will have the Ravens right back in the AFC North mix in 2014.