John Harbaugh said, basically, that the Ravens have been through this before.
The Ravens have a lot of holes to fill this season, something that's a big more unusual for Super Bowl champions, but things have changed in today's NFL. Changes happen everywhere to every team, and that's why Harbaugh said the Ravens know what to deal with.
"I feel like we have had this situation every year," Harbaugh said when talking with the media last week. "If you counted the numbers, we have always been in situations where we had to replace a lot of guys. It probably gets a little more attention because of who those guys are. I don't know, [former Ravens TE] Todd Heap was a pretty big name and [so was former Ravens WR] Derrick Mason. [Former Ravens DE] Cory Redding was a very valuable part."
Harbaugh said there's a bit of a new twist this year since the team will be without two of its cornerstornes on defense -- Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. Those two are hard to replace both on the field and in the locker room. And that's a big challenge the Ravens are going to face in 2013.
"The list goes on [of players they've replaced]," Harbaugh said. "But, when you are talking about two first-ballot Hall of Famers [in LB Ray Lewis and S Ed Reed] This is the first time we've had to deal with that, so it has been a little bit different."
That's a mystery which will take some time to solve. Here's guessing it won't be until somewhere in the regular season until the Ravens figure out who fills in for those two. That's what happens every year with every team, but that's a big test for the 2013 Ravens.