Following one of - if not the - worst losses in team history against the Jaguars in London, most of us wondered if it was an aberration or an indcation of the team's talent level. The next two games against the Steelers and Raiders were supposed to provide insight and they did, even if the two results were as far from one another as possible. Now, with the past weekend's game against the Bears having passed, it is clear that the Ravens are neither good nor terrible. They are again right in the middle.
Another 8-8 season looms on the horizon. The question will remain: Should the team and especially coaching staff be blown up after a season that is not exactly terrible but does not show any improvement over the past two seasons? How can Steve Biscotti go into next season preaching the same message of prior offseasons when fan attendance is dwindling and overall apathy is setting in? If the Ravens were terrible, the decision would be easier to make. If the Ravens were actually good, there would be no decision to make at all. If changes are to be made, they need to be radical. Offensive coordinators have been churned in and out. The next set of changes will need to come at the root.
The Ravens have been sliding down this road since the Super Bowl, with the sole exception being the Gary Kubiak-led season in 2014. It is time for Steve Biscotti to take a long look at the general direction of the team. Even if they are to squeak into the playoffs at 9-7 (which is possible but unlikely) it would not be a reflection on the overall direction on the team. It is time to start thinking about the Ravens murky future.