Have the Ravens moved closer or farther away from the Super Bowl this offseason? The Ravens’ worst two losses in 2013 came against the Broncos (49-27) and the Patriots (41-7), the two teams that met for the AFC championship. Meanwhile, the Broncos have added cornerback Aqib Talib, defensive end-linebacker DeMarcus Ware, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, and safety T. J. Ward.
That makes the Broncos stronger on paper, despite losing wide receiver Eric Decker to the Jets. The same could be said for the Patriots, who added cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, wide receiver Brandon LeFell, and also re-signed wide receiver Julian Edelman. Those moves offset the loss of Talib and linebacker Brandon Spikes (Bills).
Speaking Thursday on ProFootballTalk, Ravens coach John Harbaugh joked about the talent the Broncos and Patriots have added. Well, he sort of joked.
“I can say with all honesty that I was very disappointed with the offseason moves that the Broncos and the Patriots made,” Harbaugh said. “I was not pleased at the things that they did. They do a great job. They made some really strong moves. They spent their money. They’ve got high profile players they brought in. They’re already supremely talented teams. It just puts them at the top. They’re the teams that we’re hunting at this time.”
The Ravens were not the AFC favorites heading into the 2012 season when they won the Super Bowl. They will not be the favorites heading into 2014 season either, not coming off an 8-8 season, and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007. However, the Broncos and Patriots have not stood pat, and Harbaugh has noticed. Still another reason why the upcoming draft will be crucial for the Ravens.