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Ravens Still A "Smidge" Behind Steelers

While this may be a Baltimore Ravens blog, don't crucify me for posting that headline, as I am quoting Matt Williamson from ESPN's Scouts, Inc. from a conversation he had with the Baltimore Sun's Matt Vensel. Williamson actually like the Ravens and thinks they are one of the top five teams in the NFL but unfortunately are in the same division as the Pittsburgh Steelers. When looking at the two teams, he sees the big difference being the gap between the two quarterbacks, which he says is the only reason the Steelers win those close games.

He still thinks that Ravens QB Joe Flacco is on the right course and he could still lead Baltimore to the Super Bowl, noting that, "the Ravens won the Super Bowl with an inferior quarterback than Flacco," speaking about Trent Dilfer in 2001. Adding WR Anquan Boldin in 2010 and now Torrey Smith in 2011 is a step in the right direction, but he adds while Flacco is headed in the right direction, "it’s just not the fast track."

Williamson also thinks that offensive tackle Jared Gaither will not be returning to the Ravens and that while Michael Oher should not be labeled as a "bust" right now, he thinks he would be better served at right tackle. He "loves" right tackle/guard Marshal Yanda and says that he thought the bookends of Gaither on the left side and Oher on the right would have solidified their offensive line for years.