Rice Guarantees Bounce Back Season for Ravens

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NEW YORK – Ray Rice has something to prove next season, as do the Ravens. So when asked if he thought the Ravens would be Super Bowl contenders again in 2014, Rice did not hesitate.

“I’m guaranteeing that we’ll be back,” Rice said Wednesday night at an appearance for Steiner Sports at Pace University. “We don’t have complacent guys. None of us are happy with what happened (last year). None of us. But we’re going to add pieces. And you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see what we’ve added in coaching. That’s going to help put it all together.”

New Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is known for his affinity for running the football. Seven different running backs have enjoyed 1,000-yard seasons having Kubiak as either their offensive coordinator or head coach. That gives Rice the opportunity to silence critics after his disappointing 2013 season – 660 yards, and just 3.1 yards per carry. Rice has already vowed to return in 2014 in the best shape of his career, and the offseason will give the hip injury he suffered in 2013 time to heal. It was also give the Ravens time to address their offensive line issues, and to implement Kubiak’s zone-blocking system.

Rice is still the Ravens’ go-to back, especially with Bernard Pierce also coming off a disappointing season, and recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Rice did not get into specifics about his offseason regimen, and how it may change. But he views 2014 as a chance for everyone to make a fresh start.

“I feel like I’ve we’ve written the chapter on last year,” Rice said. “I’m gearing toward next year. I’m taking time with my family but I’m doing what I’ve got to do.

“As for being up here this week, it’s a lot different situation then the Super Bowl last year, when we were in it. But it should be a great game from a fan’s perspective. To see a guy like Peyton Manning make it with a second team, deal with his surgery, and still be at the top of his game is special. On the other side, to see Marshawn Lynch run the way he runs, that’s special to me too. It should be a battle.’’

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2 Raves on “Rice Guarantees Bounce Back Season for Ravens

  1. Hut Guy on said:

    I believe Ray in the same way I believed in Lenny Moore when he vowed to bounce back after his 63 Colt season. In 64 he was the Colts MVP ! I believe Ray has that same mentality and I look forward to 2014.

  2. John on said:

    Hope so dude, you’re a very good person, but I can’t take the two yard runs then fall over anymore. If you’re that hurt ,the Ravens shouldn’t of had you playing. Ahhhhhh but you have the mind of harbs at work here too, not the brightest in the NFL. Yea, its his team now , and you see what you got last year. Thank God the owner and front office was smart enough to bring in this new OC and his coaches from Texas. They kind of saved Harbs from himself. I do see a good year in 2014.

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