Baltimore Ravens

What’s awesome is what Steve Smith had to say about joining the Ravens. The newly-signed receiver called himself a complimentary piece, similar to Kevin Walter playing opposite of Andre Johnson. This of course, when Baltimore Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak, was the head coach for the Houston Texans.

The offense parted ways with receiver Anquan Boldin a year ago, and did not have tight end Dennis Pitta for most of the year. Perhaps Jacoby Jones stayed in town for a larger role in the slot. With Joe Flacco ranking in my bottom half of quarterbacks, they need running back Ray Rice to come back strong. Re-signing blindside tackle Eugene Monroe is a positive, but the offensive line should be an off-season priority. Torrie Smith started to breakout the previous season, and he flourished as the number one target last year.

The Super Bowl Champions missed the playoffs by a game. Locking up Darryl Smith in the middle of the defense was a smart move, but they did lose a few starters that they need to replace in the draft. That’s what happens when you play in a good defense, other teams fork out a little extra cash to pry them away with deals hard to resist.

You don’t need an elite signal-caller to hoist the Lomardi Trophy when all is said and done. It worked before with Flacco and they’ve invested in him, now that they added firepower the focus will shift to the side of the ball that they’re know for. With stars like outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and nose tackle Haloti Ngata, the core is in tact. The NFC North is competitive, the Ravens and Steelers are expecting to bounce back into the playoff picture. The division was won by the Bengals that don’t look like they’re budging without a fight. Cleveland might not be contending but they scrap against these rivals on gameday.