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2014-2015 Season: What has you amped

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Posted: 7/17/2014 11:19 AM

2014-2015 Season: What has you amped 


Despite entering last year as defending Superbowl Champs I have to admit that I wasn't that excited going into the season.  I think it had a lot to do with the Boldin trade (not trying to rehash that).  None of the free agents or draft picks really excited me.  I just felt like the Ravens lost more than they gained.    

I'm a lot more excited about this upcoming season though for the following reasons:

Renewed Focus -  Yeah I hesitate to put this with a different Raven getting arrested every other week.  But I think some Ravens got a big dose of humble pie last year.  The fact that we were in control of our playoff destiny and ended the year 0-2 being outscored 75-24 is something that will bother a prideful group.  I think, in general, this group can't get around the fact that they were not good enough.  

Offensive Additions - The 2013 Ravens scored less than 20 points a game.  Offensively, they scored about 18 points a game and only 4 times did this team score 21 or more points in a win.  Enter Kubiak and Steve Smith.  I've tried to caution myself regarding a 35 year old diminutive WR, but I love having a guy who sets a certain tone on offense.  Football is an emotional game.  I love guys who bring outward shows of emotion because it is infectious.  I'm also excited about Kubiak.  I think Kubes will bring a balanced gameplan that will allow the Ravens to be successful.  I feel like those two will bring a level of expectation on the field that I'm excited to see.

Defensive Additions -  I've really come around on the addition of C.J. Mosley.  When we first drafted him I thought it would be another example of diminishing return.  Similar to Upshaw and Dumerville, I thought having Mosley and Brown on the same roster may not have been the best use of our draft resources.  I just thought that Clinton Dix was gift wrapped to us.  Similar to Steve Smith, I'm now starting to value his potential for leadership.  I'm not writing off Arthur Brown, but he CJ Mosley reviews this year are a lot better so far than the Arthur Brown reviews from last year.
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Posted: 7/17/2014 11:43 AM

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i think this is a season where we return to championship form. Another spot in divisional round and possible trip to AFC Title game. I think last year was a hiccup. Guys werent focused, they didnt play as hard as they could. Hell, even myself as a fan was just going through the motions. didnt care if they won or lost, because of the Super Bowl Run.

"Got a cover of Sports Illustrated..it says the Titans are the best team in football...maybe they are...but not today" Brian Billick

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Posted: 7/17/2014 12:14 PM

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I am excited to see if they can score 5 more points per game than they give up. That would be a 7 point swing. If they can do that, then they can reasonably compete for the SB.

To that end, I'm excited about the addition of Kubiak. I think he'll be great for Flacco, and I think Smith, Daniels and Zuttah are excellent additions to the offense.

I'm more worried about the defense this year. Long term I believe they have made some excellent additions to the D, but the inexperience is going to hurt us this year.

It will be interesting to see who the leaders are on this particular team.
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Posted: 7/17/2014 12:34 PM

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How could I forget about Zuttah...eek
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Posted: 7/17/2014 12:54 PM

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smackums wrote: Despite entering last year as defending Superbowl Champs I have to admit that I wasn't that excited going into the season.  I think it had a lot to do with the Boldin trade (not trying to rehash that).  None of the free agents or draft picks really excited me.  I just felt like the Ravens lost more than they gained.    

I'm a lot more excited about this upcoming season though for the following reasons:

Renewed Focus -  Yeah I hesitate to put this with a different Raven getting arrested every other week.  But I think some Ravens got a big dose of humble pie last year.  The fact that we were in control of our playoff destiny and ended the year 0-2 being outscored 75-24 is something that will bother a prideful group.  I think, in general, this group can't get around the fact that they were not good enough.  

Offensive Additions - The 2013 Ravens scored less than 20 points a game.  Offensively, they scored about 18 points a game and only 4 times did this team score 21 or more points in a win.  Enter Kubiak and Steve Smith.  I've tried to caution myself regarding a 35 year old diminutive WR, but I love having a guy who sets a certain tone on offense.  Football is an emotional game.  I love guys who bring outward shows of emotion because it is infectious.  I'm also excited about Kubiak.  I think Kubes will bring a balanced gameplan that will allow the Ravens to be successful.  I feel like those two will bring a level of expectation on the field that I'm excited to see.

Defensive Additions -  I've really come around on the addition of C.J. Mosley.  When we first drafted him I thought it would be another example of diminishing return.  Similar to Upshaw and Dumerville, I thought having Mosley and Brown on the same roster may not have been the best use of our draft resources.  I just thought that Clinton Dix was gift wrapped to us.  Similar to Steve Smith, I'm now starting to value his potential for leadership.  I'm not writing off Arthur Brown, but he CJ Mosley reviews this year are a lot better so far than the Arthur Brown reviews from last year.
Unfortunately we're still stuck w/Castillo and his ballerina blocking scheme
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Posted: 7/17/2014 1:27 PM

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New offense - specifically a healthy Pitta/Daniels combo 

Excited to see Mosley play and Gino get cut

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Posted: 7/17/2014 2:12 PM

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I'm anxious to see the new D.  We addressed several key defensive needs in the draft, when many thought it would be an offensive-heavy draft for us.  Mosely is going to be a solid starter from day 1.  Stud pick and a smart player.

As for the offense:  Somebody get me off of the ledge.  I'm glad we got GK and am looking forward to seeing his revamped offense,  However, there always seems to be great anticipation and then a huge letdown every time we get a new OC, or in the case of Billick, a new head coach that was going to resurrect our O.  Jim Fassel was  head coach that came here to improve our offense and most were disappointed. Except for the first 4 games in 2013, I've never been completely happy with our O.

Don't want to be Negative Nancy, just not trying to get too excited about GK's offense. 

OTOH, we've always done pretty well with a mediocre O and a stellar D and if that brings us another title, I'm all for it.

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Posted: 7/17/2014 6:22 PM

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I'm excited about an improved offense, an improved defense, an improved coaching staff and a motivated team pissed off about an underachieving year in 2013..............................Tee it up baby, we're in for a good year ! Incidently, I'm in Clearwater Beach Florida and went to a cool Raven's bar in St Petersburg called the Brass Monkey. It is owned by "The Stallion" of Ocean City fame, Barry Streib. ? Big Baltimore sports presence down here, you'd all be proud.

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Posted: 7/17/2014 8:21 PM

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CJ Mosley. I feel he will be a leader that will lead by example, from day one, and a 3 down LB.
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Posted: 7/17/2014 8:29 PM

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Nowayallthesenamesaretaken wrote: I'm excited about an improved offense, an improved defense, an improved coaching staff and a motivated team pissed off about an underachieving year in 2013..............................Tee it up baby, we're in for a good year ! Incidently, I'm in Clearwater Beach Florida and went to a cool Raven's bar in St Petersburg called the Brass Monkey. It is owned by "The Stallion" of Ocean City fame, Barry Streib. ? Big Baltimore sports presence down here, you'd all be proud.
I miss that guy's goofy commercials in OC when he had a restaurant there

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Posted: 7/18/2014 7:18 AM

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I overheard him do his signature line while talking to someone about the O's........................."Bingo Babyyyyyyy" ! He's still a character, no doubt.
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Posted: 7/18/2014 6:21 PM

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Best off season move....  Kubiak

Love what they're doing with personnel on the D and the Oline.   In fact, all over the roster.  Younger, bigger, faster.

Now all they have to do is keep the major injury bug away.
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Posted: 7/21/2014 12:55 PM

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Im always amp up for a new season...love college and pro ball. I never jump off the wagon,one flacco will throw and int two we will lose a game or two...so why bash and jump..three we will win the Super Bowl

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Posted: 7/21/2014 3:42 PM

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Really looking forward to see how Flacco does in this new offense. With Pitta back healthy again and the additions of Smith and Daniels we should be much better at moving the ball. Also looking forward to seeing our defense get its swagger back. Really hoping the defense comes out attacking and pressuring like the good ole days. Cant wait for football!
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Posted: 7/21/2014 5:57 PM

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#1 thing is just for football to be here and this horrid offseason to be over (from a players getting in trouble standpoint).

Football related, there's a good bit to be excited about.  Toss up between Flacco in the revamped offense (Kubiak, Smith additions and the return of Pitta) and the draftees on defense, primarily Mosley, as the top thing.  

I'll be disappointed if they're not back in contention this year, I have high expectations after a season of disappointment and re-tooling 

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Posted: 7/21/2014 8:32 PM

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I'd like to hear what some of you posters think how Darian Stewart will do this year for our D.

I know acquiring him allows Elam to move to his natural position, but I don't know much about Stewart.

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Posted: 7/21/2014 8:47 PM

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Typically, Jeff Fisher doesn't part with good defenders. Stewart hasn't shown the ability to stay healthy. You never know though. Many of us didn't known what we were getting with Corey Graham, and he was a tremendous and economically sound FA signing a few years ago. My issue with Stewart will be can he cover the deep ball if he is the starter on week one, playing Free Safety. I have my doubts.
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Posted: 7/22/2014 9:33 AM

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21XXXV wrote: Typically, Jeff Fisher doesn't part with good defenders. Stewart hasn't shown the ability to stay healthy. You never know though. Many of us didn't known what we were getting with Corey Graham, and he was a tremendous and economically sound FA signing a few years ago. My issue with Stewart will be can he cover the deep ball if he is the starter on week one, playing Free Safety. I have my doubts.
Change of scenery, and coaching could be the right medicine for this guy.
  Big hitter with speed who can struggle against the pass and  to stay healthy.

We'll just have to watch this camp battle to see if the guy can play center field or will Jeromy Miles start to shine as a possible starter, or stays on ST's.
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Posted: 7/22/2014 8:50 PM

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If this doesn't get you amped, nothing will:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqDEyx_zfo0

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Posted: 7/24/2014 3:24 PM

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I'm cautiously optimistic about both the offense and defense. I'd like to see us finally reach the Top 10 on both sides of the ball, but we obviously have a lot more to do on offense. I got hype about Jim Caldwell and was horribly disappointed. I'm not doing the same for Gary Kubiak. He' got to prove he's worth the hype and make our offense click for once.

I think Torrey Smith could have another big year now with Steve Smith at the other end of the field, and I'm praying Steve Smith has a couple more good years under his belt because if he does then Flacco could have his best year as a pro. I'm just watching this season to have fun honestly. The SB is still fresh in my memory and I just want them to be the Ravens of old who were serious contenders every year.
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