A recent study done by Jason Lisk of thebiglead.com has unveiled that the position of safety is the most commonly appearing All-Pro position on the roster of Super Bowl champions.
For the sake of this metric, All-Pro means voted by writers, as opposed to being a Pro Bowler. Making the Pro Bowl is also relevant though, with safeties being the second most common position with this accolade, for NFL champs, to quarterbacks.
The All-Pro roster is perhaps a more refining clue when it comes to prognosticating who the champion will be.
Interestingly enough, All-Pro quarterbacks plummet in count when it comes to champion teams. They litter the runner-up teams. (Take this year, for example.)
The second most common All-Pro position of Super Bowl winners is linebacker.
This information tells the Ravens three things:
1) They must commit to getting a five-star playmaker on the back end.
2.) Leadership qualities of an Ed Reed (Because finding a talent of his caliber is rare) for a new generation.
3.)They must continue to cultivate and then, keep, superior linebackers.
The 2000 Ravens had both an All-Pro linebacker (Ray Lewis), and a second team All-Pro safety (Rod Woodson). To be clear, this study was not counting All-Pro second team selections. Yet the point is made.
The 2012 Ravens had neither.
While the stat is not a perfect one, perhaps it can highlight the urgency for the Ravens to "Super-size" their defensive backfield with a blue chipper.
More proof that defense wins championships.