Kevin Eck of BaltimoreRavens.com just recently posted a story that talked about how an ESPN survey ranked the Ravens’ front office drafting ability as No.1. They also said that the ESPN analysts believe that the Ravens are one of the teams that are in the best shape for the next few seasons.
I am not surprised by this. And to me, it is great that the Ravens are ranked third behind the two teams that were in last year’s Super Bowl (Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers). That says a lot about Baltimore as an organization. Even though, the Ravens fell to the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round… they are still rated higher.
Because the Ravens are the better team and organization more consistently. It is much more likely the Ravens are in the playoffs next year than the Bills. Even though, I imagine both will be.
Then, to top it all off, Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox says that the Baltimore offense could literally be unstoppable if the passing game gets better. And he’s right. You’ve seen the Ravens running game and ability to dominate in the regular season by controlling the game and the clock. It doesn’t seem to translate in the postseason yet, but imagine if they get the passing game to the top 10 or 15 in the league. Who is going to be able to stop them then? They’ve been doing all of this without really passing the ball all that much. So, if they become less predictable… no teams are going to be able to stop the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens did plenty to help improve the passing game this offseason too. That is why they are the Gridiron Junkies favorite to win the Super Bowl. They improved the passing game without spending a fortune by bringing in WR coach Tee Martin and Pass Game Specialist Keith Williams right off the bat. Then they brought in Sammy Watkins, who has a history with Greg Roman and Keith Williams. On top of that they drafted Rashod Batemand and Tylan Wallace, both of who look like they could be good NFL WRs for the Ravens. Actually, Bateman looks to be the future WR1.
So, not only do the Ravens still have one of the top rushing attacks with a revamped offensive line, they also now have what appears to be a pretty solid WR room and potential passing game. If it all comes together, who is going to beat the Ravens?
The reality is, the Baltimore Ravens are one of the top 2 or 3 organizations in football. And they have been since they became the Baltimore Ravens in 1996. It’s as simple as that. They are a great organization that knows how to build great teams without throwing high dollars at free agents.