The Ravens had grown accustomed to reaching the postseason.
When John Harbaugh took the Ravens over in 2008, he began a five-year run with the Ravens reaching the postseason. In the process, the Ravens reached the AFC Championship three times, which included one Super Bowl win. After winning the Super Bowl following the 2012 season, more was expected out of the franchise in 2013.
An 8-8 season happened, which disappointed those that follow the team, as well as the fans in the area.
The Ravens will look to reach the playoffs after missing out a year ago. Cornerback Lardarius Webb, speaking to The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson, believes Baltimore has the team to get back to the postseason.
"Oh yeah, my team is going to bounce back," Webb told The Baltimore Sun. "Last year wasn't that bad. A lot of people want to say it was bad just because we didn't make the playoffs. We don't usually not make the playoffs. A lot of people want to say last year was a horrible year, but it wasn't a horrible year."
Given how tough it is to actually reach the postseason, yet alone win it, he's right. But there's a certain expectation in Baltimore these days given the success of the franchise.
Webb will look to continue the leadership role he stepped into after Ed Reed was not brought back. If he can continue to lead, the Ravens' defense should be in good hands.