What should be the Ravens' top offseason priority?
We had our first “Finish the sentence” day at the bar on Tuesday, our literary version of a sobriety test.
By my account it was a success, and we’ll be doing it again at another time. We may even do it with an Orioles theme (remember them?).
It’s nice when it is someone besides my wife finishing my sentences (that’s what happens when you are married for nearly 15 years).
Seems like most of you think the Ravens were both exciting and frustrating in 2009-10. Some excellent moments and some arrgh-inspiring ones.
Well, now I want you to fix your favorite football team. Obviously, the Ravens could upgrade in several phases in 2010: pass rush, pass defense, receiving corps and kicking game come to mind.
But if you were in charge and you could guarantee one spot that you absolutely, positively would transform next season, which would it be?
It’s down to two spots for me: Wide receivers and secondary. And the most glaring need could come down to whether Derrick Mason, Ed Reed or both retire.
I have absolutely no inside information here (as I’ve said before, I never do with the Ravens. I leave that to our experts on the football beat), but my guess is Reed returns. In my experience, guys as competitive as Reed don’t walk away when they can still play at a high level.
Mason, however, has sung this tune before and is 36, so he’s a better bet to leave. Even if he doesn’t, the Ravens need a consistent deep threat, one that can keep opposing defenses honest when they stack the box to contain the run.
But I am still going with the secondary – even assuming Reed stays. I want a shutdown corner or someone with that potential anyway. And I hope to get someone close to that in the draft. But I wouldn’t argue with a solid wide receiver addition or more beef on either side of the line.
And then there is a consistent kicker, so, yeah, plenty of options. What’s your first choice?
Daily Think Special: What should be the Ravens’ top priority this offseason?