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Ray Lewis: It will be hard for Ravens to repeat

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Thanks to their Super Bowl win, the Ravens will be selecting 32nd in the first round of the NFL Draft.

One former member of the team thinks it is unlikely that they’ll be picking in the same spot again next year. Ray Lewis continued his transition from middle linebacker to commentator by sharing his thoughts on the Ravens’ chances of repeating as Super Bowl champions. Lewis thinks his former teammates will be fighting an uphill battle.

“It’s going to be very hard, after you lose that much chemistry,” Lewis told Robert Klemko of USA Today. “But who knows? It’s unpredictable, as always. Hopefully, they try to pull enough together, use their youth and try to make a run. But it’s hard to try that formula. That formula usually doesn’t work.”

Lewis is right about the team losing several key members of the team and Baltimore will certainly need to reorient themselves with mainstays like Lewis and Ed Reed no longer in the locker room. Thing is, you could have offered up exactly the same analysis about the formula if the Ravens had kept the band together.

Eight teams have repeated as champions in the Super Bowl era and only two have done it in the salary cap era, which means taking the field over the Ravens is a pretty smart play when it comes to predicting who will win the Lombardi Trophy in 2014.

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45 Responses to “Ray Lewis: It will be hard for Ravens to repeat”
  1. t8ertot says: Apr 25, 2013 6:12 PM

    Without Ray’s tearful preaching, the Ratbirds don’t stand a chance

  2. briscocountyjr says: Apr 25, 2013 6:14 PM

    but they have Flacco!! Hard for any team to say the same!! There’s a reason he is the highest paid QB in the league. He’ll carry them on his shoulder. Flacco won the superbowl last year!!!

  3. GenXJay says: Apr 25, 2013 6:15 PM

    Chemistry?
    Any Ravens player can scream when entering/exiting the locker room & rehearse bible verses into a microphone.

  4. randallflagg52 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:15 PM

    Well obviously it’s hard to repeat. It’s hard enough to win the superbowl as it is. However I still think the Ravens are the class of the AFC with their only competition coming from Houston (don’t respect Manning and the broncos in the postseason, and I think for the first time in a while the Pats division will actually have some competition in it) so it’s very likely they make yet another deep run into the postseason.

  5. joenash72 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:15 PM

    Seahawks gonna win two in a row……

    They are built to win NOW.

  6. ttommytom says: Apr 25, 2013 6:16 PM

    Hard to duplicate Rice’s 30 yarder and the Hail Mary too…

  7. s1138 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:16 PM

    Without Boldin there to answer those prayers that Flacco likes to chuck up all the time, they will have a lot of offensive problems this year. I can see them around 8-8 this year.

  8. benh999 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:19 PM

    So it was easy when they won it last season? No kidding it is hard.

  9. skns2thend says: Apr 25, 2013 6:21 PM

    I said the same thing yesterday. The stubborn, uptight fans didn’t want to face it. Hopefully now, since, your best player in franchise history says the fans will know that the Flacco d deal,which is the worst in ravens history, caused the dismantling of this team, will take them to the bottom of their division.

  10. si1m says: Apr 25, 2013 6:22 PM

    Repeating getting in the playoffs is the key. Something they know much about. You can only get older for so long until you become the steelers with half the team in AARP

  11. noburghfan says: Apr 25, 2013 6:24 PM

    Heh , Heh , Heh !

  12. thesteelers says: Apr 25, 2013 6:27 PM

    WE HAVE 6 RINGS. HAHAHAHAHA

  13. laserw says: Apr 25, 2013 6:27 PM

    This murderer is no longer in the NFL – time to stop ever showing his putrid face again. Disgusting human being.

  14. poesports says: Apr 25, 2013 6:29 PM

    Odds of probability would suggest that they will not repeat. Is that a surprise or shocking news? Of course not. The NFL is very competitive with a lot of talent. The elite competitive teams with quality organizations will usually make the playoffs. After that it takes coaching, talent, luck and the Football Gods blessing. Ravens (like all champions) had that last season. To have it two years in a row in this league? Not likely.

  15. skns2thend says: Apr 25, 2013 6:32 PM

    I said the exact same thing yesterday and the stubborn, upright fans didn’t want to hear it. Now that the best ravens player in their franchise history says it, they’ll know that the Flacco deal, which caused the dismantling of the team, and a deal that will prove to be the worst deal in franchise history and probably the worst deal in NFL history. Your mediocre QB will not be able to do the job and the ravens and its fans will become familiar with being at the bottom really quick and for a long time.

  16. onbucky96 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:34 PM

    Wow. His insight will be a great addition to MNF Countdown. Pst, he also beat the rap…

  17. menofsteelx6 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:36 PM

    I’m not writing them off completely , yes it will be hard repeat, but anything can happen . I see them going 11-5 or 10-6, and going 4-2 in the division, sweeping Cleveland and splitting with Pitt and cincy.

  18. skns2thend says: Apr 25, 2013 6:36 PM

    Sorry for duplicate posts, people
    HTTR

  19. eaglesfan82 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:38 PM

    Just want my eagles to win one damnit!!

  20. steelcity333 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:39 PM

    I won’t be hard. We have the best GM and organization in the league. It will be another cake walk to the Super Bowl. Cheers. Your team is irrelevant because we won the Super Bowl last year, which means in the previous decade plus that we didn’t we the Super Bowl, we were irrelevant. Cheers. Ozzie. Wooooooooooooo. Cheers. Ozzie is the man. Cheers. Woooooooooooooo.

  21. ravensbob says: Apr 25, 2013 6:44 PM

    Without him, we can now stop the run, cover better. Great player but he was done the last 2 years. Ravens will be better on defense.

  22. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:46 PM

    logicalvoicesays:i know what u mean bro,my skins have finally won our division since mc hammer was popular, and now our saviour QB IRG3 is broken and the Rams wont refund us back our picks,we are sadden!! we fail!!

  23. cfeeley52 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:49 PM

    thesteelers says:
    Apr 25, 2013 6:27 PM
    WE HAVE 6 RINGS. HAHAHAHAHA
    ————————————
    How Many Steelers fans does it take to change a light bulb?
    They don’t, they just talk about how good the old one was…

  24. cfeeley52 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:51 PM

    laserw says:
    Apr 25, 2013 6:27 PM
    This murderer is no longer in the NFL – time to stop ever showing his putrid face again. Disgusting human being.
    —————————————
    That human being has accomplished more in 17 years than you will in an entire lifetime disgusting troll

  25. supashug says: Apr 25, 2013 6:58 PM

    skns2thend. wow posting three times on a Ray Lewis comment. Guess it was tough finding something to post about with that pathetic team you follow. Did they pony up the 1 million for a new turf this year…not. You have an awful owner, a horrendous concrete block of a stadium with a dirt/rock turf, an overated QB that was knocked out of the season by the Ravens, fans that wear dresses, a team name that degrades all American Indians. Oh and you are playing in Maryland, not even DC. The only good thing about the deadskins is the tape of Theisman having his leg snapped by LT. Hell the Ravens even stole that and made it a movie for their lame ass lineman Michael Oher.

    Thanks for trash talking the superbowl champs though

  26. bengalskuta82 says: Apr 25, 2013 7:07 PM

    Oh Ray Lewis “god is good”! That’s right. God is not with the ravens anymore coz you’re not there anymore
    .hahaha
    The Ravens will be fine. I know we’re gonna sweep them but they’ll do better against the others..

  27. morganstan100 says: Apr 25, 2013 7:08 PM

    The Elite Joe “Montana” Flacco has been consistent in putting up big points, even in games the Ravens lost. If the defense improves like it should, the only chemistry needed will be detoxifying all the visiting Steelers fans in the M&T holding pen.

  28. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Apr 25, 2013 7:14 PM

    Nice hat.

  29. sbaltimore says: Apr 25, 2013 7:19 PM

    How self serving. He might just as well have said: “Without me and Ed Reed they won’t win a Super Bowl in 2013″. While there’s no doubt that Ray Lewis in his prime was one of the all time great LBs, Ray has always been about Ray. And Ray is still all about Ray. Thanks for all the years, Ray. Now S T F U about the Ravens.

  30. jprcox says: Apr 25, 2013 7:19 PM

    No one can take that Superbowl season away, but back to back isn’t in the cards for this team.

    I don’t think anyone knows how the 2013 Ravens will play.

  31. skns2thend says: Apr 25, 2013 7:26 PM

    supashug, sounds like your almost in tears. I’m not trash talking the soft ass ravens. Just stating what I see happening and believe. You seem to know your “SKINS HATER HISTORY”. Though the most important thing you fail to mention, super bowl or not, is how y’all carried that ass whipping back to Baltimore.
    And for all the Ray Lewis haters, balti-fan or not, he was a beast on defense and though his ability may have declined towards the end of his career, the way he inspired that defense was 2nd to no one.
    HTTR

  32. raqaiw says: Apr 25, 2013 7:43 PM

    skns2thend says: Apr 25, 2013 7:26 PM

    Though the most important thing you fail to mention, super bowl or not, is how y’all carried that ass whipping back to Baltimore.

    They also carried the Lombardi back to Baltimore too.
    Pretty sure the skins have a losing record vs the Ravens as well.

    Championship ring > regular season win pal.

  33. isonic1 says: Apr 25, 2013 8:00 PM

    What’s is it between logicalvoicesays and peytonsneck!? Did they have a lovers quarrel? Skins and colts trolls (im a skins fan too) commenting on a ravens post doesn’t make sense. You guys give each fan base a bad name!

  34. steelcurtainn says: Apr 25, 2013 8:00 PM

    He’s just speaking the truth. He knows it and so do the sensible fans.

  35. modellforprez says: Apr 25, 2013 8:11 PM

    while the “Hangover” is all too real i think the ravs can repeat but i dont think they will. just not done very often nowadays.

  36. skns2thend says: Apr 25, 2013 8:14 PM

    Y’all are 3-2 against us since the first meeting in 1997 that y’all won. But the two have always played tough against another. Im not positive all 5 games were decided by 3-7. My biggest point is how the ravens could take a super bowl team and just tear it apart. Duly noted, age was part of it, but how in the hell do you let the best all time interception leader, interceptions for tds…and the list goes on for ed reed reed, go to another team. To me he was by far one of the biggest reasons for their success, not flacco.
    HTTR

  37. randallflagg52 says: Apr 25, 2013 8:40 PM

    skns2thend says:
    Apr 25, 2013 8:14 PM
    Y’all are 3-2 against us since the first meeting in 1997 that y’all won. But the two have always played tough against another. Im not positive all 5 games were decided by 3-7. My biggest point is how the ravens could take a super bowl team and just tear it apart. Duly noted, age was part of it, but how in the hell do you let the best all time interception leader, interceptions for tds…and the list goes on for ed reed reed, go to another team. To me he was by far one of the biggest reasons for their success, not flacco.
    HTTR

    ===================================

    Bro, do you even watch Raven games? This is 2013, not 2009. Ed Reed is no where near the same player he used to be. I wish him well in Houston, but the fact of the matter is Ed Reed isn’t even a pro bowl level player anymore much less a true game changer.

    Fact of the matter is the redskins are truly the #3 team in Maryland behind the Ravens and the Orioles, but good luck to your team and RGKnee.

  38. skns2thend says: Apr 25, 2013 8:50 PM

    Last post ravens’ fans. Just to be clear. I’ve always been a fan of ray Lewis and Ed reed. I was even a ravens’fan super bowl night. Most of the time I comment to get a rise out of you ravens’ fans…not to hate. I’m always in the loop with the ravens. CSN Washington reports on them almost as much as the SKINS. My point being…I probably know more and keep up with the ravens more than some of the balti fans. And remember guys and gals, this is all strictly talk.
    P.S. Flacco will never see another Ring from that BIG GAME.
    HTTR

  39. 13arod says: Apr 25, 2013 9:09 PM

    it is true

  40. scoobies05 says: Apr 25, 2013 9:20 PM

    who is this murderer people keep talking about? i know in atlanta they tried to charge ray with murder but those charges were dropped and the men who went to trial were said to have acted in self defense. so i am confused…can anyone clear this up. fyi…this is all public record. why dont you trolls educate yourself before you speak

  41. skns2thend says: Apr 25, 2013 9:40 PM

    really…I believe everyone has confused Lewis with the panthers player
    ..can’t remember his fricking name…any help??? Killed his pregnant wife right, scoobies05¿
    HTTR

  42. stlrldyfn says: Apr 25, 2013 10:12 PM

    @scoobies05 you should really start taking some of your own advice and educate yourself before you decide to comment on Ben’s accusations again. You can hate The Steelers all you want but an educated opinion will always outweigh a hypocritical one.

  43. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 26, 2013 12:12 AM

    Already sick of him as an analyst.

  44. krispyone says: Apr 26, 2013 7:28 AM

    Scoobie, wheres the white suit??? Think theres a reason he didnt want it found??

  45. jacktheraven says: Apr 26, 2013 4:07 PM

    What’s the point here? It’s hard to win a SB? Damn right it’s hard. There are 31 other teams trying just as hard. Repeat a SB win? Same thing, it’s hard.

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