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Pitta says Ravens don’t get the respect they deserve

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For five straight years, the Ravens have made it to the playoffs.  In each of those years, they won at least one postseason game.

Last year, the Ravens won four postseason games.  Now, they’re in the hunt for a sixth straight playoff berth.

And yet the Ravens aren’t widely viewed as a serious threat to get back to the Super Bowl and win it.

“We always kind of joke about it we don’t feel like we get the respect that we deserve, you know we did win the Super Bowl last year and we felt like the 49ers were talked about more than we were all season,” tight end Dennis Pitta told PFT Live on Friday.  “You know, that’s just kind of who we are and that’s what we embrace, and we feel like no one really gives us the credit or the respect that we deserve but that’s why we play with a chip on our shoulder.”

The best way to get respect could be to command it with another run deep into January — and maybe into February.

“A lot of people doubted us last year,” Pitta said, “and I think we were sitting at this point last year and had a three-game losing streak and nobody really gave us any chance to do anything in the postseason and so, we kind of faced that same scenario this year and nobody’s really given us a chance.  You know, we’ll certainly have to take a similar path as we did last year and go on the road for a lot of playoff games but something we know a little bit about, and a challenge that we’re all ready to face.”

Pitta is right.  Last year in Week 15, the Ravens lost their third straight game, sliding to 9-5 after a 9-2 start.  Baltimore earned a playoff berth that same night after the Steelers lost, but then the Ravens found their way and carried it all the way to the postseason.

These Ravens have won three in a row and four of five, pushing their record to 7-6 but still a week or two away from nailing anything down. If they get back to the playoffs, they could once again give the rest of the field a hard time in January — and that chip on their shoulders won’t hurt the cause.

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  1. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 14, 2013 6:24 PM

    But one of those ways was to get help from the Refs. Win the SB without a huge controversial call going in your favor that shouldn’t go in your favor. It’s tough to get respect in the league when the league’s officiating process creates so much doubt and confusion and excuses.

  2. camcameronsucks says: Dec 14, 2013 6:27 PM

    Ravens never get the respect they deserve but they play much better as underdogs so keep the hate rolling and give us no chance to win at all.

    No one believed last year and I’m okay with the results…

  3. meatcarroll says: Dec 14, 2013 6:29 PM

    He’s right. The Whiners got and continue to get far too much undeserved hype. Paper tigers.

  4. rmavs says: Dec 14, 2013 6:36 PM

    Respect? Who the hell are you, Rodney Dangerfield? Your team needed the last seconds to beat the lowly Vikings!!

  5. 6ball says: Dec 14, 2013 6:37 PM


    Okay, we’ll now refer to you as Sir Dennis Pitta.



  6. gochargersgo says: Dec 14, 2013 6:40 PM

    Thats because you don’t get credit for past success in current playoff projections. You guys have sucked this year.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 14, 2013 6:44 PM

    I respect the heck out of Rodney Dangerfield.

  8. craniator says: Dec 14, 2013 6:46 PM

    One of the best run franchises in the history of pro sports . . . and lest we forget , they won their first Superbowl in just their sixth year of existence. Yes , I know that those first few teams they had (beginning in ’95) we’re just the Browns in different uniforms because Art Modell moved the team from Cleveland to Baltimore , but by the 2000 season , most of those guys had retired or been cut.

  9. bmoreravens1012013 says: Dec 14, 2013 6:49 PM

    Good call “craniator”.

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 14, 2013 6:53 PM


    But they overpaid Flacco when they could have chosen an earlier point in time to overpay him not quite as bad!!

  11. kidsamoa260 says: Dec 14, 2013 6:55 PM

    You bums got beat by Tarvaris Jackson led Seahawks team!

  12. oriolesvsravens says: Dec 14, 2013 7:12 PM

    With the style of play I’ve seen this year, its hard to fear my beloved Ravens.

  13. stixzidinia says: Dec 14, 2013 7:18 PM

    Last year means nothing with regard to this year. It’s a totally different roster. No Anquan Boldin to go up and bring down Flacco’s jump balls in traffic. Defensive luminaries are gone. Going to be hard for them to build (and keep) depth with the weight of Flacco’s contract around the franchise’s neck.

  14. 8oneanddones says: Dec 14, 2013 7:26 PM

    How is it that players on the Ravens seem to recover from serious injuries in half the time?

  15. officialgame says: Dec 14, 2013 7:30 PM

    Cry me a river.

  16. jakec4 says: Dec 14, 2013 7:37 PM

    Pitta has a good point. PFT’s own MDS picks against them on an absurdly consistent basis. If the Ravens were at full strength playing the Texans in Baltimore this weekend MDS would be picking Houston by two touchdowns.

  17. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Dec 14, 2013 7:43 PM

    Steelers and Ravens crying about respect, meanwhile the Bengals continue to quietly (and comfortably) lead the division.

  18. mbowlr300 says: Dec 14, 2013 7:44 PM

    Pitta cry me a river ! Cmon man get real the Ravens should have lost last year’s Super Bowl . The NFL and the Ref’s didn’t call that obvious holding call on the last play because they wanted Ray Lewis to retire with the ring . And this year no respect because the Ravens are over rated and your QB Flacco is over paid . If the Ravens make as a wild card team in the playoffs they will be one and done.

  19. hansenbrothers says: Dec 14, 2013 8:10 PM

    You missed the boat Dennis, your teammates were complaining about that awhile ago.

  20. hess97 says: Dec 14, 2013 8:13 PM

    that’s because the refs GAVE you guys a ring.

    lets see if history repeats. in 2006 the refs gave the steelers a ring. everyone knows it. so what did they do? since the officiating robbed them of a chance to prove themselves as champions, Pitt went out and proved it a couple years later.

  21. scoobies05 says: Dec 14, 2013 8:16 PM

    funny thing is, thats what everyone said last year

  22. taosravenfan says: Dec 14, 2013 8:30 PM

    Let’s see PFTers. If there was not a very funny loss of stadium lights when the Ravens were about to blow out the Niners we’d have been talking about a second Ravens SB blowout.

    All Pitta said was that the Niners got more play than the Ravens post season and he was correct.

    For the person talking about defensive luminaries being gone, wake up. The Ravens defense this year is top 10 and wasn’t even close last year. Daryl Smith is much better than Ray was last year and Ed Reed is now on his third team. Know what you are saying before you say it.

    The Ravens are in the top five in the NFL in regards to how the organization is run. It starts with a smart owner who lets his football people make decisions and a FO that empowers their coach with real responsibility. Are you listening Jerrah Jonz and The Danny and even Jimmy Irsay?

  23. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Dec 14, 2013 8:37 PM

    Wow! I expect haters, especially from the steelers trolls but a chargers fan saying we suck?! Well we have a better record so that says much about you.

    Yes, we thrive on that disrespect and love being the team that nobody wants to see in the playoffs. I love that this team can win titles and destroy good teams like pats at home in the playoffs. I love it when troll fans from other teams try and say we won this or that game cause of calls (especially the Super bowl where our receivers were held the entire second half) and the whiners were awarded two half times.. Keep on hating! GO RAVENS!

  24. vincentbojackson says: Dec 14, 2013 8:41 PM

    Respect typically fades when you get your doors blown off in the season opener.

  25. skooter519 says: Dec 14, 2013 9:01 PM

    It’s hard for anyone to fear a team that will be lucky to make the playoffs this year.

  26. pooflingingmonkey says: Dec 14, 2013 9:07 PM

    I think he’s right, to a degree, but I don’t think it’s very smart bringing it to everyone’s attention.

  27. alldonesmith says: Dec 14, 2013 9:11 PM

    People don’t talk about the Ravens because you haven’t played like a top 5 team this year. Any team that isn’t the Cowboys, Jets, Steelers and Patriots has to play like a top 5 team to get anyone in the media to talk about them. It’s unfortunate and obnoxious, but there it is.

  28. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 14, 2013 9:36 PM

    Does a Raven ever open their mouth and something other then whining come out?

  29. opneon says: Dec 14, 2013 9:57 PM

    Listen – I know its not pretty but the Ravens are one of the most consistent teams – yet don’t get the hype of teams that would die to have their “problems” (ie: Cowboyz, Skins, etc.).

    Within the 13 years between Super Bowls, only the Patriots have won more, many years ago. Only 7 other teams have even won one SB since then…so maybe Pitta has a point. BUT, that only makes them stronger. They would have been in the previous SB if a perfect Flacco pass hadn’t been dropped, so they have been that close the year before last year’s win.
    This may be the year they fail, but The Oz and Harbs have them in position again – so I’d say they’re pretty darn good – and their coach doesn’t even have to try to trip kick returners to win.
    In Oz We Trust!

  30. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Dec 14, 2013 9:59 PM

    Harrison, ha! Hey how’s that going! Lol!

  31. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 14, 2013 10:38 PM

    Likely due to the fact your team plays like a bunch of girls.

  32. steelcurtainn says: Dec 14, 2013 11:55 PM

    Why would a 6-7 team with no offense and an average defense get respect? Thhey shouldn’t get any respect.

  33. buzzbeaubank says: Dec 15, 2013 8:15 AM

    Considering the fact that Baltimore handed every team in the hunt except for Cincinnati and San Diego a loss in their last playoff game, there is not a bubble team more feared in this field.

    Indy, Denver and NE last year.
    KC in 2010
    Miami in 2008

  34. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 15, 2013 9:45 AM

    Pitta should know by now respect is earned not deserved, but he reflects the persona of the team, town, and fans. The” hey look at me “doesn’t garner much respect just a side glance and a shake of the head. Let’s face it Baltimore is not a well respected fan base.

  35. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 15, 2013 11:11 AM

    Ravens dominated the league last year, making all the little weasels jealous. Then, everyone predicted they’d be out of the playoff hunt by Thanksgiving when they smacked the Steelers. Who knows where this leads, but allegations of cheating and dirty play won’t haunt this team into future seasons, thank goodness.

  36. nickelj5 says: Dec 15, 2013 11:21 AM

    Why do people say he’s whining? He simply answered the question.

  37. bomatdaman says: Dec 16, 2013 2:49 PM

    What’s with the “respect” thing? Seems a bit juvenile and insecure.

  38. terryobitts says: Dec 17, 2013 11:21 AM

    Respect don’t win games, so who really cares? I’d rather have a superbowl ring than respect anyday!!

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