This past week has sucked, but Ravens will be great again in ’12

January 29, 2012 | Peter Dilutis

While it is so difficult to get to where the Ravens were in 2011, they’ve built an organization that provides them the best opportunity to get back there each and every season.

With the opportunity to succeed comes the opportunity to fail. The Cleveland Browns haven’t had the chance to feel the heartbreak that the Ravens have experienced the past two Januarys. Neither have the Vikings, Cowboys, Buccaneers, or even the Colts.

The Ravens have been in it every single season under John Harbaugh. Purple fever has exploded throughout Baltimore every January during this era of Ravens football.

I see no reason to expect that to change in 2012.

Ray Lewis is coming back. Ed Reed will take some time and perhaps make us sweat a bit, but he’ll be back as well. Why wouldn’t he be?

Joe Flacco will continue to get better. I don’t care what anyone says about Flacco, the guy is a beast, and he’s proven it time and time again. Fans and media members that get on him and question his future as the Ravens QB are morons, plain and simple.

The Ravens will lose a few players. Double J might get a big offer from someone else. Cory Redding might as well. Billy Cundiff probably won’t be able to come back to that locker room. Ben Grubbs might get crazy money from a younger team with more cap room. Lee Evans will likely get cut, and who knows if he will come back on a smaller deal.

But as long as Ozzie Newsome, Eric DeCosta, John Harbaugh, Dick Cass, and Steve Bisciotti are making the key decisions throughout the organization, I’ll always bet ON the Ravens rather than against them.

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Sam Says:

    Here here!

    I know Raven nation quarrels internally about some personnel decisions. But come time for 2012 we will all pull out our purple and black and stand firmly behind whoever our trusted front office deems wisest to play for our team.

    Rejoice Raven Nation! For this League knoweth no fury like a QB/OC one catch shy of the Super Bowl. These two will light the NFL on fire come next season!

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    The 24 hour rule does not apply when you get beat in the AFC championship game on a drop.Its going to hurt until the Giants beat the Brady Bunch. I hope the Giants defense makes the other knee on Brady Jello. Then they can have another penalty named after the easy to hate diva.

  3. PghSteve Says:

    ” The vast majority of a team that, for all intents and purposes, won the AFC Championship game will be returning in 2012.”

    Huh? The Ravens won the AFC Championship Game? Wow. And I just read that the Patriots have arrived in Indy for the Super Bowl. Someone should tell them that, for all intents and purposes, they lost the AFC Championship game and might as well head home.

    By the way, the term “for all intent and purposes” means for all practical uses or situations. Does not really fit when the final score of a football game shows a clear winner and loser.

  4. Ed D'Adamo Says:

    Nice write up, Pete.

    It is nice to see a bit of optimism coming from Ravens Nation after perhaps the most devasting loss in franchise history. As fans it is easy to get caught up in the ‘here and now’. Which I guess, to some extent is part of being a fan; but a broader look on our situation makes one realize the big picture of how successful this franchise is, can be and will be for years to come. That mindset most definitely puts things into perspective for the ‘fanatic’ in all of us to realize, we have a lot to be grateful for as Ravens fans. The front office will do their job and we will continue to do ours in support. Peaks and valleys my friend, that all comes with the territory.

    And you’re right with all those losses brewing, when we do hoist that trophy, it will be just that much sweeter.

    It was nice getting to know you this year.


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