The Challenge of Going All-in after Winning it All

Fantasy The Challenge of Going All-in after Winning it All

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The Baltimore Ravens are looking to build a formidable lineup on the off-season’s turn and river


The Baltimore Ravens came off of their Super Bowl victory with a plan to get younger players, and releasing a number of their long-term veterans. They may have filled some holes through free agency and in the draft but they still have plenty of work to do in order to replace guys like Anquan Boldin, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, among others.

The upcoming season puts the Baltimore Ravens in a crossroads on whether to pull the trigger and go all in, or play it conservatively and cling on to the triumphant memory of a fresh Super Bowl winning season. But knowing head coach John Harbaugh, he’d rather go all out and play it aggressively on the pre-flop, but the question is: with the current Ravens roster, will his hand hold on and prove they’re still worthy of a repeat for the title?

The Baltimore Ravens have their backs against the wall. The difficulty of winning consecutive Super Bowl titles is like capturing the World Series of Poker bracelets or the World Poker Tour World Championships back-to-back.

Teams are desperately looking to dethrone them, and sack a little sense of reality in their fantasy filled season. And as teams begin their training camps, their nemesis – the San Francisco 49ers – clearly sits atop the off-season’s power rankings. After losing to the Baltimore Ravens in a hotly contested Super Bowl, the 49ers turned the tables – and their fortunes – and are now considered the top dogs of the league.

They’re like former party poker whipping boys, which did a year’s worth of improvement to their game, and are now perennial WSOP bracelet contenders. The team, along with the likes of the Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, and the Seattle Seahawks, imposes the biggest threat to the Ravens’ quest for a repeat.

Baltimore is far from being a finished product. That’s why training camp is the time for head coach John Harbaugh to identify the team’s goals and questions that needs to be tackled to take full advantage of this year’s training camp. In hindsight, the Baltimore Ravens still has a decent poker hand with their head coach, offensive and defensive coordinators, and quarterback. But probably the biggest challenge for them is their motivation and hunger, especially after winning it all last season.

The Baltimore Ravens have a tall order this off-season. Their defense took a major hit on their chip stack not only losing two future Hall-of-Famers, but they also lost the two defenders who lined up next to the star veterans last season. However, the Ravens have received credit for building successfully through the draft, and this credit was legitimized with an unexpected playoff run that ended in confetti. Now, coach Harbaugh will have to live up to their franchise’s reputation of hitting it big on the turn and river, and adding suitable talents to remain contenders in 2013 and beyond.

Coming into the 2013 NFL Draft, The Ravens were looking to bolster their dwindling defensive roster. Adding four big defensive free agents in Chris Canty, Elvis Dumervil, Michael Huff, and Marcus Spears, along with their 1st round pick Matt Elam may do just that.

They look to form a solid defensive team, but more importantly, these five royal flush-like behemoths are hungry to get a taste of the coveted Super Bowl trophy.

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