Future not now for Ravens

Future not now for Ravens

There are 8 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jan 16, 2008, titled Future not now for Ravens. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

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Buzz

Ypsilanti, MI

#1 Jan 16, 2008
One of your better efforts, Maese. I didn't think of that angle before I read your column, but it is plain as day that they are looking long-term. I had been hoping for Rex to get the job, but am beginning to embrace that "new culture" angle you talk about. That new culture should include more respect and less bravado for starters. That likely wouldn't happen with Rex just changing offices. New, young blood will require a commitment, though, and that commitment must be able to withstand several years of mediocrity to get to that long-term excellence. We'll see if the owner and Ozzie have the patience necessary. I am quite certain the fan base will not.
Pete

Middletown, DE

#2 Jan 16, 2008
Agreed. I like both these too, but Harbaugh a bit more now just due to the situation.
Chase

Salisbury, MD

#3 Jan 16, 2008
I am still not sold on Garrett. I wanted Rex because I think this is a team that can win now and I think he can get it done. You say they havent given up on next season but your article makes it sound like they have.
Darryl

Tacoma, WA

#4 Jan 16, 2008
Mr. Preston shoud read this article and take heed. I agree with most of your thoughts. But I wouldn't be so quick to slight Mr. Lewis at this point. He's been the face of this franchise for years now. I believe that he's smart enough to see that it's time to take a back seat for now. I'm sure he will welcome whoever takes over, and do what is right for the organization in these changing times. No one will have to tell him to tone it down because he already knows that it is time. He's carried us as far as he can alone, with his passion and dedication to the game and this franchise. And I say alone, not to say that he did it by himself, but to say that as he went so did the Ravens, and every Ravens fan should be thankful, because I feel that without his inspiration and leadership this city would not have sniffed the Championship. If anyone wants to say that Ray is a cancer, call him what yo want, but without Ray Lewis we would be the Jaguars of the AFC North.
DGT

Pendleton, IN

#5 Jan 16, 2008
Excellent work, Mr. Maese! Thank you for a positive, alternative point of view. Let's not forget, long term in the NFL is two, maybe three years. Coach Billick won the super bowl in his second year at the helm. No one expected that. I believe Mr. Biscotti made a very difficult and courageous decision. And as Rick points out, it wasn't just about replacing an ineffective head coach. It was about redefining the franchise.
John

Halethorpe, MD

#6 Jan 16, 2008
Chase wrote:
I am still not sold on Garrett. I wanted Rex because I think this is a team that can win now and I think he can get it done. You say they havent given up on next season but your article makes it sound like they have.
The Ravens were 13-3 a year ago but the last three years their record is 24-24. You could make a case that the 13-3 year was based on the boost they got from Mcnair and Ngata, but McNair may now be done. The other stars upon who that record was built are all on the downhill side and the new stars, other than Ngata and Magahee, aren't really anywhere to be found on the Raven's roster. The Ravens have a bad cap situation. Asking for another revival from this group may be asking too much.

If you are going to change the coach then you may as well start the transition process. I think Garrett sees he would have a re-building process to go through in both Atlanta and Baltimore. The thing about Atlanta is Garrett could be more powerful because Ozzie is very established here and has shown no talent for acquiring good offensive players. And in Atlanta, they won't expect him to go to the playoffs every year and win the Super Bowl every other year like they do here in Baltimore.

Garrett would have the time and the power in Atlanta to build his organization; he won't get that here.
Josh

Troy, MI

#7 Jan 16, 2008
ravens will pay big time if they dont get rex ryan in hear to run the show.
Truth

Washington, DC

#8 Jan 16, 2008
Josh wrote:
ravens will pay big time if they dont get rex ryan in hear to run the show.
..........please!

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