Your Monday Reality Check: Can the “regression” talk regress now?

March 25, 2013 | Glenn Clark

Two of my absolute favorite people on the face of the planet are’s own Luke Jones and Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole.

I really mean that. They’re not just two of my favorites in the business, they’re two of my favorites in the world. I love to talk shop with those guys, I love to chat about the world in general with them and I love getting the chance to spend time with them socially.

(This type of statement always leads to a “BUT….”, right? Not exactly this time.)

Both Jason and Luke joined me on “The Reality Check” during the first week of NFL free agency and separately brought up the same word, a specific word that has been repeated to me by a number of callers and e-mailers over the course of the last couple of weeks.

The word is “regression.” If you were playing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the moderator would tell you the word was of latin origin and could be defined as “a trend or shift toward a lower or less perfect state.” Perhaps the word could be used in a sentence along the lines of “After losing the players the Baltimore Ravens have lost thus far, we can expect regression from the team in 2013.”

That was essentially how both guys (and others) used the word over the last few weeks.

(You’re now CERTAIN there’s going to be a “BUT…” coming, aren’t you?)

I had to start every discussion about the term that I’ve had both on-air and off since the offseason began by accepting that Luke, Jason and everyone else who has suggested the Ravens are going to “regress” in 2013 are…well…probably right. I’m sorry. It had to be said.

They’re right because the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2012 and it will be very difficult for them to win the Super Bowl again in 2013. Any scenario that doesn’t involve the Ravens hoisting a third Vince Lombardi Trophy would technically mean they had “regressed” from where they were last season.

(Okay, now it’s time.)

BUT…I was never REALLY willing to accept the notion of “regression” for the Ravens at any point. Sunday’s signing of former Denver Broncos pass rusher Elvis Dumervil re-inforces that belief, but it absolutely did not establish it. I just hope the addition of Dumervil will force others to similarly push aside the notion of “regression” in 2013.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. The Armchair QB Says:

    Amazing how “smart” Ozzie Newsome and his staff got in just a few weeks! It bears repeating that fans are entitled to opinions, but any fan who thinks he knows more about personnel moves than Ozzie Newsome is simply…..delusional! A defense that had trouble all last year rushing the passer and defending the pass, has already improved and it’s just March! Ozzie built this franchise with draft choices and free agents and he’s already landed three “upgrades” via FA and has more draft choices (12) than at any time since 1997! Can’t wait to see who will be……..”NEXT MAN UP”!

  2. PghSteve Says:

    Bottom line is, the Ravens losing a half dozen or so players over the past couple of weeks did not doom them to mediocrity or worse, nor does the signing of Dumervil (and likely others to come) ensure a return to the Super Bowl. The Ravens will be competitive, barring an injury to Flacco, and have as good a chance of making the playoffs as they did last year.

    (Edit from Glenn: Are you sure you’re a Steelers fan? You make far too much sense.)

  3. Nick Says:

    I wants my concert and celebration downtown on September 5th so I can point to my jersey and throw it in the face of Steelers fans while I dance to Maroon 5 or Taylor Swift on Pratt St.

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