Evaluating Ravens Offseason With Hindsight
The Baltimore Ravens could not have foreseen the problems in the secondary would be so bad this season. They had no way of knowing that Ladarius Webb would be hampered by injury. They had no way of knowing Jimmy Smith would miss the second half of the season. The Ravens thought that Matt Elam would be better than this in his second season. They thought Terrence Brooks and Darian Stewart were good enough options at free safety. The secondary is a problem area, but the Ravens took care of everything else in the offseason.
The Ravens offensive line is leaps and bounds better than the 2013 version. Ozzie Newsome managed to lock up left tackle, Eugene Monroe and traded for center Jeremy Zuttah. Rick Wagner has worked out at right tackle, a man Newsome drafted in 2013.
The Ravens got Flacco more help on the offense. Steve Smith Sr. has been great for the Ravens. Owen Daniels helped out in a big way because Dennis Pitta was lost to injury again. Justin Forsett is possibly the MVP of this team as everything good starts on the ground for Baltimore. Lorenzo Taliaferro has proved to be a good rookie running back.
C.J. Mosley was a home run first round draft pick. Resigning Darryl Smith was a strong move for the defense. Timmy Jernigan was also a welcomed addition to the defense.
The truth is that the Ravens are greatly improved from last season. The team has one major problem area, the secondary. Thats life in the NFL, you have to do more with less sometimes. Ozzie Newsome is not perfect but he did a pretty good job, this offseason.