The goal as I have interpreted Stevie to say is to not experience consecutive playoff misses, or worse, major roster rebuilds.
The goal is to win the Super Bowl. They've all said that many times.
From 2009-2011 we've had more talent and better balance than any other time in Ravens history. We've been to the playoffs 5 straight years but it's nothing compared to what that 2000 team with almost no offense was able to accomplish. That is what this franchise is really about. We should cheapen that with over excitement about making the playoffs or winning the AFC North.
Won't be long now, Rex Ryan will go on record again proclaiming a SB will happen for the jets. One more year like the last two the jets had and rex will get canned.
Getting to the playoffs every year shouldn't be a goal, but it's certainly a notch in the belt. Sometimes, getting to the big game is all about getting lucky at the right time. If you're one of the 12 at the end of the year, year in and year out, better odds you catch some of that luck.
I'd rather have 6-7 years of playoff football without a SB than be a team like KC. Playoffs nowadays are few and far between, because they keep redrawing their team and missing.
You gotta get to the playoffs to get to the SB. However, everyone's end goal should be the Lombardi trophy. Period.
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This franchise has won a SB. From that point forward that should always be the standard. The people in DC are losing their minds because the Slurs won their first division title in 14 years. The Ravens are superior in every way and should be aiming to win it all especially when you have a division rival whose been to 3 SB's in the past 7 years and won 2.
Denny Green's Vikings team made it to the playoffs 8 out of 9 years during his tenure and no one remembers anything about them other than they lost in NFC title game on their home field to an average Falcons team.
The Ravens are better than that but guys like Flacco and Ray Rice have to play with a sense of desperation in order to get over that hump.
My friend who works for the Falcons said that the word down there is that Mike Nolan and Dirk Koetter are expected to leave for HC positions.
Apparently, Mike Nolan is a dark horse possibility for the Browns? That'd be interesting.
I was the Browns Lovie Smith would be at the top of my list. What they need is someone who has experience winning. Smith has his flaws but he would bring something to the Browns that they have never had since coming back into the league.
I think the Browns want to make a statement / splash type selection to get the fan base going. We should know in the next few days where they're leaning
Honestly the Browns are a team on the rise and if they had a competent coaching staff and GM with real winning DNA, they could go far. They need to hit on another draft class to upgrade the team talent level, and they need coaches that can consistently motivate and put together winning game plans. They could easily be a playoff team in 2014 if they get the right people running the ship.
As for the Bills... sounds like they're going to hire Whisenhunt and I don't really get that. I like Ken Whisenhunt a lot but the reason he failed in Arizona is that he never had a real QB to run his offense. Now he's going to go to Buffalo where they don't have a real QB either? Seems like they'll be taking a QB early in the draft and seeing if he can beat out Fitzpatrick, not sure if that will happen in this draft class. Can Tyler Wilson or Tyler Bray step in and be what Ben Roethlisberger was when Whisenhunt was in Pittsburgh? They ran the ball well and asked Ben to throw off play-action and convert some 3rd downs. Maybe...
If I were Buffalo I would be looking at Chip Kelly. They already have experience in the spread from Chan Gailey's time there, and they could easily go out and get a QB who can run the spread option. They have GREAT personnel to run that system and it could catch teams by surprise.
Whatever Buffalo wants. I'm for anything that can lead to a consistent challenger for NE.
For getting the Ravens to win the division this year. That is about what the talent level on the team would have as a reasonable expectation this year. And that was with a healthy team.
IMO, with the talent level on this team, he has had a successful year.
On a side note, I know most are focusing on at the cooridinator level, but a big improvement could be made with some new good position coaches.