I was WONDERING where you've been, Phil. And, as usual, you make very valid, insightful points. When I first read what you wrote, I though: "Hmmmmmm...I don't know about THAT one. I like this team, but...better than the 2000 team? I don't think so".<quoted text>
Hey skay. What a treat it is this year to just enjoy the Ravens, knowing that the team has a great vison and the tactics to achieve it. The coaching is superlative, where the team has bought into Harbaugh's approach, and the defensive and offensive coordinators are masters of the game.
There maybe many here that will disagree, but I think this is a stronger team than the 2000 Ravens, more balanced, and focused. You look at the sidelines, and the players are discussing strategy, congratulating each other, and just enjoying the moments, their passion fully evident. The Ravens beat Pittsburgh, and their momentum will be irrepressible.
But then I remembered back to the anemic offense in 2000, and I've seen some stats that seem to indicate that this D is even better -- at least stat-wise -- than the 2000 D. So...when you put those two together, it very well might add up to the 2008 Ravens being better than the 2000 Ravens. One thing to consider, though, is that it looks as if the competition might be better as well.
One thing that caught my eye -- and seems to be an example of what you're saying -- is the Gatorade bucket on Willie Anderson after the Cinci game. I think that -- as much as anything else -- demonstrates just how much teamwork is going on, and how much fun the players are having. That, coupled with a comment an announcer made after the Clayton TD pass to Mason: "Baltimore creative on offense". I mean....WHEN was the last time you ever heard THOSE 4 words prior to this year?
Great seeing you posting, man. Keep it up!