The Baltimore Ravens have more to accomplish this offseason than ever before. This offseason we’ll see what kind of team the Ravens want to be:
The Baltimore Ravens have to steal the AFC North crown from the Pittsburgh Steelers next year. The Ravens have to choose how they do it. They can focus on becoming an offensive juggernaut, to match the Steelers’ fire power. They can also choose to stick to their roots and choose a dominating defense with a ground and pound offense. In the NFL, you can’t dominant on both sides of the football.
You’re probably thinking, what about the New England Patriots, they’re a complete team. The Patriots are the exception to the rule. Secondly, they don’t need game changing weapons offensively, because they have a game changer under center. The Patriots can spend less on receivers and spread the wealth to other positions. Joe Flacco is not Tom Brady. If you want the Ravens to have an explosive offense, you’re going to need to find the Ravens some play-makers.
The Ravens are closer to having a dominant defense than they are having an offense. The Ravens offense sputtered last season for a number of reasons. Both Marc Trestman and Marty Mornhinweg displayed signs that they were clueless. The Ravens lacked elite receivers, yet they threw the football relentlessly. The offensive line needs a tune up, and the Ravens are lacking weapons.
Too Much To Fix In One Offseason:
The defense may be closer to being a dominant unit, but that doesn’t mean Dean Pees has nothing to worry about. The Ravens need a long-term solution at free safety, they need pass rushers desperately and a little more depth at the cornerback position. Ideally, Kamalei Correa can fill Zach Orr’s spot as an inside linebacker, so the Ravens have one less concern.
If you were counting, that is five problems the Ravens have to solve this offseason. There is a good chance that the Ravens will walk into next season without solutions to one or two of these problems. This is were decisions have to be made. Cap room is tight, but that can be changed.