Kick the Ravens while they are down, while you have the chance. Currently, the Baltimore Ravens are on a three game losing streak with a 9-5 record. This team is a shell of itself with a rash of injuries on defense, and an inconsistent offense. As a fan, there is a lot to be frustrated about, and I have voiced my concerns regarding my team. What I won’t do is insult them as men, and berate them as a team, such as critics have done. I watch the media gloat at the state of our team, and the negativity is unreal. It appears to get louder each Sunday. Even though injuries to key players are an extension of the problem, I refuse to use injuries as an excuse for the current state of the team. I feel the need to point out that critics enjoy pouncing on our team, trash our players, and question if the Ravens are playoff contenders. We now have “Flaccoing” taking the internet by storm. For what it’s worth, I will not give ”Flaccoing” anymore life. The Steelers on the other hand, look just as bad, and are injury riddled. However, the NFL.com has deemed the Steelers as Superbowl contenders. Early Monday morning, I noticed Sports illustrated dedicated an entire article regarding the Ravens franchise, and their struggles. Sports Illustrated decided the Ravens are an “easy” target for criticism, instead of the Steelers, Giants, or Patriots. Are the Ravens playing their best football? No, they are not. Is Joe Flacco progressing as a quarterback? No, he is not. Is the offensive line great? No, it is not. There are concerns that must be addressed by both players, and coaches. They are fully aware of this aspect. However, our fans expect our team to win games, but the team will not win every game. Losing is a culture shock for Baltimore fans on every level.
I have news for the NFL, media, fans, and other critics. Much like the Steelers, the Ravens are down, but they are not out. I find it rather interesting that critics have sent the Ravens to an early football grave, and the dirt has been thrown. I promise you the Ravens are a factor in the playoffs for the 5th straight season. When the team is healthy, the Ravens are fierce, and will be very angry. The Ravens will get most of their healthy players back in the starting line up. They will be in the shadows of every critic, and fair-weather fan. There are 2 games left in this NFL season. This lockeroom was made for adversity such as this. Look out NFL, here come the Ravens.