Doh..:The Baltimore Ravens Story

Baltimore’s loss to the hapless Miami Dolphins got me wondering: Which team is more pathetic? Going into this week the Dolphins were the obvious choice. 0 for the season is inexcusably sad. But now? Now that they have won one game they will have no place in the history books. They will always be viewed as a horrible team, but they were never contenders. A first year coach, old veterans, a concussed quarterback and their franchise running back going out for the season made a bad team horrible. But they were longshots from the start. The Ravens, on the other hand, were quite the opposite.

Coming in at number 4 in ESPN’s pre-season “Power Rankings,” the Ravens forecast was sunny. Scouts Inc. predicted them to finish 1st in their division. The good folks at Pro Football Prospectus gave these predictions:

  • Super Bowl Contender (11+ wins): 26%
  • Playoff Contender (9-10 wins): 32%
  • Mediocre (7-8 wins): 30 %
  • Bad Team (5-6 wins): 9%
  • The Brohm Closet (0-4 Wins): 3%

They’ve really outdone themselves. My friends and I have a sound for such accomplishments and it is spelled OOOOOOOOOOF! The losers of eight straight, the Ravens now sit 4-10. If they act now they can escape the “Brohm Closet,” but, with Seattle and Pittsburgh awaiting them, the odds aren’t good.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe losing 13 straight is the more humiliating accomplishment. But expectations play a role in determining exactly how disappointing something is. When I pick up a guitar and play terribly, it may be offensive, but it isn’t disappointing. No one who’s ever seen me play expects to hear Carlos Santana. But if you went to see Carlos Santana and you heard me, you’d throw tomatoes at him. I’d imagine the produce sections in Baltimore are a little emptier today.


One Response to “Doh..:The Baltimore Ravens Story”

  1. wildcatsalum Says:

    Anyone think Andre will be drafted by the Ravens?

    I read this on a Andre Woodson site.

    There are rumors swirling that the Ravens may lose franchise left OT Jonathan Ogden to retirement. If that happens, it’s possible that the Ravens may look to the draft to add a high-end tackle, though they landed Maryland OT Jared Gaither in the 2007 Supplemental Draft, and if he has developed as they hoped he would, it’s possible that Gaither may be starting at left offensive tackle in 2008.

    The Ravens only have one major free agent to be in Terrell Suggs. They could go with a linebacker here, since in this mock the big names (Dan Connor, James Laurinaitis, etc.) would all be on the board. But, with the Ravens having so much difficulty performing on offense, and Steve McNair turning 35 this upcoming February, a quarterback like Woodson would be a great addition to the team. Brian Brohm would be a consideration here as well, but I’d think that Woodson would get the nod over Brohm with his pinpoint accuracy. We shall see.

    Kyle Boller played a great game against the Patriots two weeks ago, but he came off of that game with a three interception debacle against Indianapolis on Sunday night. I strongly suspect that Boller will not be in the team’s long-term future.

    An “X Factor” is the presence of Troy Smith on the roster, and how the team evaluates his development will also play a role in what they do in this spot.

    Is this possible? I think he would be great for the Ravens.

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