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    Are the Ravens being built like the NY Giants?



    The more I think about it, the more I think the Ravens are taking a page from the NY Giants book... Build your defense strong in the front 7 and plug in guys on the back end. If you look at the 2011 Super Bowl champs they had guys back there you wouldn't believe and they ended the season with Chase Blackburn as their MLB ... who before 2011 was mainly a special teams guy.

    Of course they run a 4-3 and the Ravens are as much a 3-4 team as anything, but I'd match the new Raven front 7 (with whomever we end up with in the middle) in 2013 favorably against their Super Bowl winning front 7. Our corners are much better than they were.

    The evolution of the Giants' secondary in 2011 was a textbook example of players and coaches overcoming adversity. Veterans Aaron Ross and Corey Webster formed a new starting duo at the corners, and rookie first-round draft choice Prince Amukamara returned from a broken foot in time to lend critical depth and athleticism late in the season. Safeties Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips protected the back end and stayed healthy long enough to push Big Blue to the precipice of another world championship.
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    Re: Are the Ravens being built like the NY Giants?

    Ozzie and company just know that you need a solid front 7 to have a good defense. The front line was getting gashed last year, as we all saw last year. It's easier to find ILBs and Safeties then it is to find D-line and pass rush guys. Ozzie went out and got Spears and Canty to be part of the rotation as run-stoppers, and he got Doom as another pass rusher opposite Suggs. I really like what he's doing. They can sign Huff to play FS and maybe get a cheap FA ILB or draft one.




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    Re: Are the Ravens being built like the NY Giants?

    I'd say they're built like the Squeelers. As much as we hate them we respect them and we play Squeelers football more than any other team and we've beaten them more than anyone. Besides, Piss has been to 3 SBs winning 2 or 3 while NY has 2 Lombardy's.

    The AFC-N is the most physical division in football and playing PIss twice, sometimes thrice pr yr makes us tougher to beat the other good teams like NE, Denver and SF that are out of the division.

    Just my humble freaking opinion.
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    Re: Are the Ravens being built like the NY Giants?

    Built like the Giants? Hmmm...

    Well, people do love to hate on Joe Flacco just as many did (and do) hate on Eli Manning. A supposedly inconsistent QB who nevertheless makes big throws and wins in the postseason.

    Seriously, there may be some parallels with the G-Men but strengthening the middle of your defense -- and in the Ravens' case hopefully getting younger & faster there -- only makes sense.




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    Re: Are the Ravens being built like the NY Giants?

    Jerry Reese is really one of the best GMs in the NFL. I know he has no connection to Ozzie but these guys seem to share a lot of the same philosophy. They both like to keep their mouths shut and let their decisions do their talking for them. They get production from all rounds of the draft but aren't afraid to bring in the big free agent if he makes sense. They even share the same hair style. A lot of great things about the front offices of both these teams.
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    Re: Are the Ravens being built like the NY Giants?

    They are, arguably, the top two GMs in the league.
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    Re: Are the Ravens being built like the NY Giants?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Excellector View Post
    They are, arguably, the top two GMs in the league.
    Can't argue with the hardware. Both got 2 rings.




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    Re: Are the Ravens being built like the NY Giants?

    I don't know. There may some parallels but why would you ever want to mimick the Giants? Sure they have won a couple of SB's, but that was largely due to their offense. The ravens have been one of the best defensive football team in the NFL for more then a decade, minus a sub-par run defense in 2012. So far they have done little to address that. Being strong up front is a must, but if you are going to be successful in the AFCN you better be strong in the middle. I hope we have a good draft and score a good ILB and SS. Then we still should have a veteran ILB for the near term.
    Last edited by lowrider; 03-26-2013 at 05:58 PM.
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    Re: Are the Ravens being built like the NY Giants?

    If you can get pressure from your front four without having to send extra guys, it makes everybody else on the defense look great.




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    Re: Are the Ravens being built like the NY Giants?

    I really think last year they were caught off guard by Redding's departure and Cody not progressing. It's clear that Ozzie is not making the same mistake twice.




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    Re: Are the Ravens being built like the NY Giants?

    Quote Originally Posted by lowrider View Post
    I don't know. There may some parallels but why would you ever want to mimick the Giants? Sure they have won a couple of SB's, but that was largely due to their offense. The ravens have been one of the best defensive football team in the NFL for more then a decade, minus a sub-par run defense in 2012. So far they have done little to address that. Being strong up front is a must, but if you are going to be successful in the AFCN you better be strong in the middle. I hope we have a good draft and score a good ILB and SS. Then we still should have a veteran ILB for the near term.
    No disrespect but where have you been. Signing Canty, Spears and Dummerville didn't speak volumes?




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    Re: Are the Ravens being built like the NY Giants?

    I think they are very similar organizations, and I've always compared the two.

    The three smart teams are always NE, Balt, and NYG. They are the ones who manage the cap well, always the ones making the moves in the draft and getting the best players somehow, and aren't afraid of saying goodbye to some pretty damn good players. The Boldin trade is very similar to the Seymour trade for example.




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