I am so excited, and I just can’t hide it. After a 28-13 dominating win over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship, the Baltimore Ravens are headed to their first Super Bowl in 12 years. For weeks I preached to fans abroad, the Ravens season was not over. In mid-December, fans and critics from afar were questioning our team, wondering if they would win any more games. The injuries were piling up, our quarterback wasn’t playing well, wide receivers had difficulty getting open, the offensive line was pedestrian, the play calling was predictable, and coach John Harbaugh had recently fired controversial offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron. For much of the season, pundits criticized the usually dominant Ravens defense. The band wagon was so light, it wasn’t enough weight to hold it down. No one knows my team better than me, and I was deeply convinced they would recover.
It was no secret, the offensive line was the Achilles heel of the team. The offensive line has been reshuffled, and key players were moved back to their natural position. After being benched for much of the season, the Ravens placed left tackle, Bryant Mckinnie, in the starting lineup, moved Michael Oher back to right tackle, and placing rookie, Kelechi Osemele in a more comfortable position at left guard. With these key changes, quarterback, Joe Flacco looks like a completly different player. With improved mechanics and pocket awareness, Joe is more comfortable in the pocket as his throws are precise and accurate. Since the start of the post season, Joe has thrown eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. Currently, he is on pace to tie Joe Montana’s post season TD-INT ratio. Also, It is very apparent that newly appointed coordinator Jim Caldwell has given this Ravens offense new life. This offense is more explosive than anything we’ve seen before from this Ravens team. With the growth, and development of the younger guys, along with the return of key injured players, the defense has returned to its dominating form.
The Ravens are a team on a mission, and that mission is clear: win the AFC North, get to New Orleans, and win the Super Bowl. To the dismay of some haters, Ray Lewis last ride will end in the big easy, and he will play his final game on the world’s biggest stage, the Super Bowl. While this match up with the San Francisco 49ers is very intriguing, I hope it will not hurt the relationship between the brother-coaches, John and Jim Harbaugh. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the world champions of Super Bowl XLVII, my Baltimore Ravens. I have forseen the vision of Joe Flacco, and Ray Lewis holding up the Lombardi Trophy, celebrating with their families in a sea of confetti.