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Ravens' McPhee: We're going to surprise a lot of people

NFL and ESPN writers alike, predicted that the Ravens will perform poorly and finish with an under-par record. They're just doing their job, right?

Rob Carr

Our writer Rocky Friedman recently played Who's Saying What about the Baltimore Ravens. Experts provided their personal opinions on how the Birds will fare this upcoming season. Most of them, NFL and ESPN writers alike, predicted that the Ravens will perform poorly and finish with an under-par record. They're just doing their job, right?

Here's a quote to refresh thy memory, via Mike (Greenberg) and Mike (Golic) from the show, Mike and Mike in the Morning.

"I can't fall in love with anything about the Ravens," Greenberg says. He picks the Ravens to end the year with a bad-looking 6-10 record. Golic didn't think too highly of them either, stating "I'm having a tough time figuring out that team," and predicting them to go a little better at 7-9.

Maybe they forgot to read this article? Did they check the Ravens' schedule? Luckily for the Ravens, they have an Offensive Coordinator in Gary Kubiak who's played the AFC South like a fiddle for eight years. To say that the Ravens do not have the upper-hand is because you're staring at the floor. You've heard of the cliches "taking candy from a baby," or "like shooting fish in a barrel?"

This is a perfect time to use those corny lines.

The Ravens offense will run the ball better this year. Most importantly, the team needs to stay healthy. There is no team in the NFL right now (that I can think of) that is sitting at 100 percent. (Even the Seahawks are missing Christine Michael.)

Ryan Mink of Ravens.com collected a handful of immeasurable quotes from the players:

Defensive end Chris Canty:

"Respect is earned, not given..The NFL is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately business. Last year, we didn’t have the season we expected to have. We fell short of the expectations of this organization. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to start the 2014 campaign, and we’ll do our talking on the field."

Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee:

"It’s doesn’t matter whether they sleep or not...We’ll eventually wake them up one day. If they’re sleeping, they’re going to have a nightmare, because what we have planned to do this year, we’re going to surprise a lot of people."

Tight end Dennis Pitta:

"We’re a lot different than we were even seven, eight months ago,..With the new system, with a lot of new personnel and a lot of new weapons, we feel like we’re a very different team than we were last year. Hopefully that’s a positive thing."

What do you have to say the national pundits? Keep it clean, keep it clean.