It has taken me awhile to really digest everything that took place yesterday. I saw it, play for play, and I’ve come to the realization that we just have a bad team.
I’m not sure if we would be a lot better than 8-8 or 9-7 without the injuries. This may be a team that allowed the window of opportunity to shut before they were able to cash in, again.
We won the Super Bowl after the 2000 season, and we were probably a year or two before our time. What that did was raise our level of expectations. If we go into the play-offs, lose to Tennessee, and come back the next year to win, it may have completely changed our expectations.
That’s not how it’s done in the NFL. The New England Patriots did not do it that way. They won one, did not make it to the play-offs, then came back to win two in a row. On top of that, they continued to build on a championship team. That’s what they did. They didn’t allow the window to close. The Patriots did what the San Francisco 49ers did in the 1980’s and 90’s. They continued to change parts and marry themselves to winning and not players.
Think about it, so much credit is given to the Dallas Cowboys for a dynasty, and they were terrific. However, the 49ers did it over two decades. That was all before the salary cap era of the NFL.
The Ravens may be notorious among local fans for allowing a potential dynasty slip through the cracks due to an subpar offense. This organization had a defense that was stingy and unforgiving for almost a decade, but managed to win only one play-off game after Super Bowl 35.
Were we wrong to expect more, or is that just how the NFL is? A decade can only have one dynasty, and the Patriots cashed in on this one. What would the Buffalo Bills been if they were in the NFC? Yeah, they went to four Super Bowls, but they weren’t as good as the Washington Redskins or the Dallas Cowboys, two of the teams they lost to in three different Super Bowls. One could assume that the Bills could have only made it to one of those four Super Bowls if they were in the same conference as the team of the 90’s, the Cowboys.
That’s what happened to, not only the Ravens, but possibly the Colts before it’s all said and done. The Philadelphia Eagles went 36-28 and the Minnesota Vikings went 38-26 during the four years that it took the Cowboys to win three Super Bowls. These were good teams, but they weren’t good enough.
Has that been the Ravens run, in a nutshell? Maybe so, or maybe not. What we do know is, this team had high expectations from the fans, and they didn’t live up to them. When that happens, the disappointment is even greater than the expectations were. Now, ask the question, did this organization underachieve or did we accomplish everything we were capable of accomplishing?
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