This time last year, the Baltimore Ravens had just begun their playoff run by defeating the Indianapolis Colts and were preparing to unseat the Denver Broncos en route to their second Super Bowl victory. Today, the Ravens front office is looking for answers as they failed to make the postseason for the first time in six years.
“Had we not had the history over the past five years,” Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti told NFL.com. “I probably would demand wholesale changes.”
While General Manager Ozzie Newsome, Coach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco seem to be safe for the foreseeable future, former defensive player of the year, Terrell Suggs, may not be so lucky.
Suggs, who is heading into the final year of his contract, was fantastic at the start of the season, with nine sacks in his first eight games, but was equally as ineffective over the final eight as he was only able to add one more sack to his total.
Pro Football Talk reported that Suggs is hoping to negotiate an extension with the Ravens before the start of the 2014 season, but Suggs lack of production down the homestretch was not lost on Newsome, who says he isn’t afraid to let players walk.
Scheduled to make $12.4 million next season, Suggs may be a sacrifice the Ravens are willing to make in order to fortify the rest of their roster. Newsome already noted that he is hoping to strengthen his offense by acquiring several more offensive linemen and receiving threats. Specifically, Newsome referred to Dennis Pitta, who he acknowledged to be a candidate for Baltimore’s franchise tag.
During the 2011 playoffs, Flacco and company seemed to have established themselves as an up and coming offense. If nothing else, they were at least bucking the trend of Baltimore teams who were solely dependent on their defenses. Yet, this season the Ravens were more than just disappointing. They finished the year as the 29th ranked offense and saw their once potent rushing attack fall to 30th in the NFL.
Newsome is one of the best general managers in the NFL and has been able to keep the Ravens contending throughout his tenure. Losing a 31-year-old Suggs may be the price the Ravens have to pay to revive one of the worst offenses in the NFL.
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