Thursday, February 25, 2010
Pittsburgh Steelers (Current Need: DB, Problem on the Horizon: DL)
Cincinnati Bengals (Current Need: WR/TE, Problem on the Horizon: QB):
Baltimore Ravens (Current Need: WR, Problem on the Horizon: DL):
If you listen to some media experts and fans of the Baltimore Ravens, you’d be led to believe that the Ravens are a Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, or Anquan Boldin away from hoisting the Lombardi trophy next February. This Ravens fan begs to differ. Games are won and lost in the trenches. Although, the Ravens trenches on the defensive side of the ball are great at stuffing the run they are horrible at putting pressure on the QB. Baltimore finished the season with 32 sacks, good for a tie with the Bills and both NY teams ranked 18th overall. Since the 2006 season, where the Ravens defense posted 60 sacks, the team has failed to register 35 sacks or more in all 3 seasons since. From 2000 to 2006, they only failed to reach 35 sacks in a season once, 2002. If the proof isn’t in the sack numbers, then these numbers can’t be denied… Kelly Gregg just turned 33 in November, Trevor Pryce will be 35 in August, Justin Bannan (30) and Dwan Edwards (28) are both unrestricted free agents as of March 5. Leaving Haloti Ngata as the only veteran on the defensive line that hasn’t peaked. Ravens fans point to Paul Kruger as a guy with the potential to replace Pryce but you know what they say about potential, right? It is just a fancy word to describe something that hasn’t been done.
But this is just one fans opinion.
One thing I do hate about the NFL offseason is that team’s weaknesses are overanalyzed by the media and fans. For the past two years it has been the wide receiver position for the Ravens. For almost a decade prior to 08, it was the quarterback position. In the early days of the franchise it was defensive help that the fans and the media clamored for during the offseason. All of the doom and gloom surrounding how bad (insert team) will be if they fail to fix (insert position), gets old after a while. Let’s be honest, no matter what a front office does there will always be a position on their team that needs to be upgraded. So, in an effort to talk about something new I am going to attempt to predict which positions each team’s fans and the media will be clamoring for them to fix next season, that is assuming they fix the issue that fans and the media are in an uproar about now. I will release these predictions as follows: