Looking ahead, how can we not be thrilled with were our Franchise is going? I mean, less then a year ago we were a team in disarray, and many expected a multi year rebuilding plan to get back to contender status. Not to say we are Super Bowl contenders now, but we are legit AFC North contenders, which no one short of Rexx predicted. Once Ozzie gets Cam his big play receiver through free agency or the draft (possible options could be Boldin, Chad J, Roy Williams, or Draft) and our line has time to grow, I see a dominant offense in our future. Between our talented young QB, RB's, and O-Line, for the first time ever, I love where we are going on that side of the ball.
Our defense will obviously need to restock, as Ray, Chris, Samari, Trevor etc. can't play forever, but I have total faith in Ozzie to rebuild the D quickly and efficiently. I believe we are in a rare position to put a competitive squad out there even in so called "rebuilding years". I feel we have one of the best, if not the best coaching staff in the league. What team wouldn't kill to have Rex or Cam as their coordinators. Sure, they will get head coaching gigs eventually but they will set the groundwork for years to come. Add this to what we've seen out of John Harbaugh so far and the future looks very bright in Baltimore.
On a side note I find it laughable all the people who called in to talk radio this off season blaming Ozzie for the team, and calling for his job. I even heard someone call a few days before week one, complaining that, "Billick is gone, and we still don't have a QB." Ever thought of giving Flacco a chance to develop? I feel Ozzie had a masterful summer picking up key pieces such as Lorenzo Neal, Willie Anderson, and Marquis Douglas. I think some people love to play the blame game, since they hop right back on the bandwagon when things are going well. I wish more people understood the game enough to know how lucky we are to have the management in place that we do, but I digress. Sorry for the rant, but nothing pisses me off more the clueless fans more worried about placing blame then improving the team. (For clarification this is not direct at anyone here whatsoever) End Rant