The Baltimore Ravens have missed the playoffs in three out of the last four seasons with a combined record of 31-33 (including playoffs). Yes, if you are a Ravens' fan, you have seen that sentence many times since the Ravens had its playoff hopes dashed on Christmas. Knowing what you know now about the struggles the Ravens have had in the last four seasons, would you as a Ravens' fan trade the Super Bowl 47 trophy in exchange for four straight playoff appearances with zero championships to show for it?
I know, some people (maybe a lot of people) will look at this headline and say it is such a stupid question to ask. However, from the way some Ravens' fans have been acting over the last year or so, many have criticized Joe Flacco's contract and how it has crippled the team's spending (when it really hasn't done that at all). Flacco's cap number from 2013-2015 was the following:
- 2013 6.8 million
- 2014 14.8 million
- 2015 14.5 million
Choosing four straight playoff appearances by the Ravens since 2013 instead of winning a Super Bowl title in 2012 and taking the baggage that comes along with it is pretty dumb in my opinion. For a personal example, I'm a Utah Jazz fan. I watched my favorite players in Karl Malone and John Stockton retire without a championship despite making the playoffs 18 straight times together from 1985-2003.
As a Jazz fan, I would have traded five of those playoff appearances in 18 years by the Jazz in exchange just to beat Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls once in the NBA finals whether it is 1997 or 1998. You either win the championship or you don't and I get the sense that there are some Ravens' fans who don't appreciate how hard it is to win a Super Bowl trophy and they act like it is just another playoff win.
The reality of the situation is, Flacco doesn't get his big contract if the Ravens didn't win it all in 2012 especially if he was the main reason for the team losing. Some fans should be a bit more thankful for the 2012 title even with the struggles over the last four seasons.