If the Ravens make the playoffs, will the 2009 season be considered a success?
Baltimore sports fans are angry.
They are sick of their team losing to its rivals.
They are enraged that their players are caught on camera looking like they aren’t 100 percent focused.
They are sick of mental errors and lack of fundamentals.
And, hey, we aren’t even talking about the Orioles for once.
It’s been tough to watch the Ravens this year, and many of you used the bar Monday (and Sunday night) to vent. Wonderful. That’s the essence of why this joint was created.
Here’s the bottom line: The Ravens are a win in Oakland away from getting back to the playoffs. And, though the Ravens do not exactly look like a playoff-ready team (unless, say, the Bears and Lions are there), anything can happen in the postseason.
So your team wins and they have made it to the second season – which really is all a football fan can ask for.
And yet there is no joy in Charm City. Because this team has so many warts and because only the most loyal fan could envision John Harbaugh’s undisciplined squad making noise in January.
It brings up an interesting question: If the Ravens get to the playoffs, and eventually lose without making it to the Super Bowl, was this season a success?
I know, the Ravens made it to the AFC Championship last season and expectations were high for 2009. But the primary goal for a NFL team is to make the playoffs – only 12 of 32 do it. And the Ravens are on the precipice of doing it.
Of course, if they lose in Oakland, they end up 8-8 and no one can be happy with that picture of mediocrity. But 9-7 and a trip to the playoffs – where a little luck can propel a team – can’t be considered a disaster, right?
I know you can’t truly evaluate a season until it is officially over and the Super Bowl winner has been determined. But I want your thoughts now. I am impatient like that. I want you to evaluate whether the Ravens’ 2009 season can be considered a success if they make the playoffs.
Take your time. I’ll pour your draft slowly.
Daily Think Special: If the Ravens make the playoffs, will you consider the 2009 season a success?