You guys let him do it again.
I joked with CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco during a sitdown at the NFL Scouting Combine last weekend in Indianapolis that he does a marvelous job of getting everyone in Baltimore fired up every time he says something about the Ravens.
Prisco has been a catalyst of controversy in this town for years no matter what he says about the Ravens. As little as one Tweet can light the fanbase on fire, which is odd considering his not terribly lofty spot in the pantheon of NFL analysts around the country. From the handful of conversations I’ve had with Pete both on-air and off-air, he’s not the type that purposely says something to get a rise out of anyone. He does however have no issue with going toe to toe with anyone who doesn’t share his opinions.
It happened again Saturday night.
It started when CBS Sports columnist Mike Freeman posted this story in response to Ravens QB Joe Flacco’s 6 year, $120.6 million contract agreement.
Immediately Prisco took the opportunity to respond, wandering over to Twitter to share his thoughts.
Ravens fans were quick to go into full “freak out and yell ‘TROLL’ as loud as possible mode”. It was a typical back and forth I’ve seen over and over again in the past few seasons. “If you overstate something, I’ll overstate it louder and with more name calling.”
It’s a relevant, timely question. Are the Ravens set up for a dynasty after locking up Joe Flacco longterm in Baltimore?
Sorry Mike Freeman, but probably not.
And sorry Pete Prisco, but maybe.
The truth (as always) is somewhere in the middle. In this particular discussion, the pendulum is pointed more in the direction of Prisco, as history reminds us that dynasties are rare.
I’ve always considered a dynasty to be a stretch of five years where a team wins at least three titles-two of which were won consecutively. Based on that definition, the list of NFL dynasties is quite short. The Pittsburgh Steelers were a dynasty in the late 70’s, the Dallas Cowboys were a dynasty in the mid-90’s and the New England Patriots were a dynasty in the early 2000’s. That’s the list.
The probably of a franchise-any franchise-being able to pull off such a feat is small. Prisco is hardly stepping out on any sort of ledge when he declares “no way”. Freeman argues that the Ravens’ combination of quarterback, head coach and front office is the reason to believe they could be on their way to such heights.
Of course, simply locking up a quarterback is not enough to assume it will happen. The Indianapolis Colts invested nine figures worth of money in Peyton Manning and have one Vince Lombardi Trophy to show for it.
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