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Ozzie Newsome: Ravens lacked weapons, Steve Smith will help

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If Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome has a criticism of himself coming off the disappointing season in Baltimore last year, it’s that he didn’t get the team enough offensive playmakers.

Some of the problem was a matter of injuries that were beyond the team’s control, but Newsome also knew heading into this offseason that he wanted to make moves to shore up an offense that struggled last year.

“It was tough for the offense, much more than we anticipated. The lack of weapons really hurt at times,” Newsome told the team’s website.

Newsome sounds excited about the acquisition of the 35-year-old veteran wide receiver Steve Smith.

“We landed Steve, who is not your typical aging player. He’s a special competitor, driven to show everyone he can play at a high level. You saw him during the camps. He’s going to help,” Newsome said.

Smith should make some big plays and make the Ravens’ offense better. Considering that the Ravens ranked dead last in the league with 4.5 yards per play last season, it could hardly get worse.

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  1. thebirdsareback says: Jun 28, 2014 9:57 AM

    Owen Daniels and Steve Smith should really help that offense. Savvy vets who’ve had inferior qb talent in the past, should do well with that Joe Flacco and his big arm. Definitely expect the ravens to improve on offense this season

  2. joshr99164 says: Jun 28, 2014 10:02 AM

    Maybe if Flacco had taken less cash, they could afford to get him some weapons.

    These QB deals are ridiculous. This is what happens when you pay a mediocre QB elite money. Flacco had a good run but he’s above average at best.

  3. ubepunkedagain says: Jun 28, 2014 10:14 AM

    Nothing screams improvement like cheap, over the hill vets. This team is in trouble as the wheels come off that broken down wagon.

  4. trollingforjustice says: Jun 28, 2014 10:16 AM

    the contract is 2 years old now…stop sounding like a hater and support your team @joshr99164

  5. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: Jun 28, 2014 10:29 AM

    I’m a HUGE Steve Smith fan, and I never question his heart and motivation……but I do question where he’s at right now and how much he’ll help the Ravens offense. The Ravens will struggle to score this year.

  6. leksington says: Jun 28, 2014 10:35 AM

    Maybe if Flacco had taken less cash, they could afford to get him some weapons.

    These QB deals are ridiculous. This is what happens when you pay a mediocre QB elite money. Flacco had a good run but he’s above average at best.
    ————————————————–

    Flacco’s cap number for 2014 isn’t even in the top 10 cap numbers for QBs.

  7. ncphinsfan says: Jun 28, 2014 10:38 AM

    Steve Smith is one of those players regardless of age that can make a difference. He keeps himself in great shape and is very route savvy. I think he helps the Raven in the 7-15yd move the chains plays. Owen Daniels with all his injuries on the other hand will play like a senior citizen.

  8. stillers213 says: Jun 28, 2014 10:48 AM

    Given the current offseason, it may be best to not give the Ravens any weapons.

  9. qdog112 says: Jun 28, 2014 10:51 AM

    Smith’s value can’t be measured in mere numbers, but even his numbers will exceed a young, gifted WR, who is just learning the ropes.

    If Steve Smith were a QB, he would be Russell Wilson, an x-rated Russell Wilson. Same work ethic, same tenacity and determination for greatness.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 28, 2014 11:05 AM

    Daniels and Smith. So, the ravens are relying on over-30 guys to jump start their offense?

  11. footballfan72 says: Jun 28, 2014 11:11 AM

    Steve Smith says how bout a QB?

  12. Stiller43 says: Jun 28, 2014 11:15 AM

    What a great addition!…if it were done 6 years ago

  13. cpitch12 says: Jun 28, 2014 11:24 AM

    always liked Smith and his competativeness…wish he went to Foxboro 4-5 years ago…the dough nut gift prooves hes gone soft though…

  14. captainspangled says: Jun 28, 2014 11:30 AM

    Steve Smith is my favorite player to ever play the game, but he’s far from the player he was. The vertical offense the Ravens run won’t capitalize the strength of his route running, and his speed has decreased. He’s a great, grizzly competitor, but he isnt going to take over games. He’ll get 4-5 solid catches a gane for 60 yards and more than one crucial 3rd and 4th down grab. Let him work out of the slot and maximize his use.

    I’m gonna go ahead and posture that he’s going to have decreased QB play as well, because even though Flacco is solid, Newton is better.

  15. teek77 says: Jun 28, 2014 11:32 AM

    In reference to the comment made by “thebirdsareback” in which Steve Smith was said to have an inferior QB, a recent poll of current NFL players (conducted by NFL.com), has Cam Newton ranked #24 with Joe Flacco ranked #58. This ranking is by their peers, not some prejudiced sportswriter. Steve just had trouble getting open with no respectable #2 Wide Receiver on the Panthers team. He was always double-teamed or had the other team’s “shutdown” cornerback on him. Good luck, Steve!

  16. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jun 28, 2014 11:32 AM

    Admit it, if another AFCN team turned to a 35 year old receiver to fix a dreadful offense, you’d chuckle too

  17. dcapettini says: Jun 28, 2014 11:33 AM

    It does not make any difference if Joe Flacco is an “elite” QB or if he never gets to be an All Pro. He is a franchise QB that takes his team to the playoffs and wins some games. Cleveland, Cincinnati, Miami, Buffalo, and a dozen or more other teams have been looking for a guy like Flacco for years, without success. Can we compare him to Montana, Merino and Elway? No. Can we compare him with Kenny Stabler, Jim Plunkett and Jim Zorn? Yes, we can and damn good company it is too!

  18. notthetroll says: Jun 28, 2014 11:35 AM

    I don’t think SS is washed up quite yet, so he’ll help. Certainly his winning attitude won’t hurt them. Many teams could use a Steve Smith, if just for the strong desire and work ethic.

  19. linemanguy74 says: Jun 28, 2014 11:39 AM

    No he won’t

  20. getyourownname says: Jun 28, 2014 11:44 AM

    “Given the current offseason, it may be best to not give the Ravens any weapons.”

    It’s over the top and probably applies to any team, but even Ravens fans have to admit that’s funny.

  21. sportsfan18 says: Jun 28, 2014 11:59 AM

    the problem is Flacco.

    he IS good and that is the problem.

    he is NOT great or elite yet he’s being paid as if he were great and elite.

    they did well his first five seasons with Flacco but it was due to a great overall team and to their defense.

    now, the team has aged, the defense has slipped several notches and Flacco is NOT able to pick up the slack by himself like a GREAT or an ELITE QB could.

    again, Flacco IS good but good isn’t good enough when the rest of the team is aging and there aren’t many weapons etc…

    Flacco on the team the Ravens had his first five years was OK.

    Falcco on the team the Ravens have and will have for his 6th to 10th yr in the league won’t be good enough.

    A QB should be MUCH better by yr 5 and 6 in the league than they were in yrs 1 and 2 in the league when they were still wet and green…

    Flacco stumbled a LOT, too much for a 6th yr QB.

    2nd lowest completion percentage, HIGHEST INT% in his career, and his lowest QB rating all in his 6th season…

    Peyton’s lowest completion % ever? His ROOKIE yr. Flacco, his 6th season.

    Brady’s lowest completion % ever? His third yr in the league.

    Peyton’s lowest QB rating ever? his ROOKIE yr and it was by FAR his lowest…

    Flacco’s lowest QB rating ever? His 6th season in the league and it was FAR lower than any of his other years.

    Brady’s lowest QB rating ever? His 2nd season.

    Peyton’s HIGHEST INT% ever? His ROOKIE season.

    Flacco’s highest INT % ever? his 6th season

    Brady’s highest, his first year as a starter…

    the GREAT and ELITE QB’s get better and their worst seasons statistically come EARLY in their careers…

    QB’s putting up their worst stats in year 6 and by a large margin are not elite…

    Flacco career QB rating 83.7

    Cam Newton career QB rating 86.4

    Cam’s LOWEST QB rating? 84.5 in his ROOKIE year.

    Flacco has had THREE seasons with a QB rating BELOW 84.5 and he HAD weapons some of those seasons.

    Matt Pick 6 Schaub threw an INT on 3.9% of his passes last yr… Flacco tossed an INT on 3.6% of his passes last yr.

    Cam Newton tossed an INT on 2.7% of his passes last yr.

    In 2012, Blaine Gabbert’s last full yr starting as he only started 3 games last season, Gabbert’s QB rating was 77.4 WITH the JAGUARS folks…

    Flacco only managed a 73.1 QB rating last season.

  22. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 28, 2014 12:02 PM

    Thought it was a big mistake letting Boldin go and they missed him. Smith should help.

  23. camcameronsucks says: Jun 28, 2014 12:03 PM

    “joshr99164 says:
    Jun 28, 2014 10:02 AM
    Maybe if Flacco had taken less cash, they could afford to get him some weapons.

    These QB deals are ridiculous. This is what happens when you pay a mediocre QB elite money. Flacco had a good run but he’s above average at best.”
    ————————————————–
    I strongly dislike reading comments from people like you who think they know football. All you see is the $120 million contract and think that has to fit in the $135 million cap, which is not true.

    Flacco’s cap hit this year is 14.8mil, which isnt even the highest on the team.

    Please educate yourself before bashing Flacco and the Ravens franchise, a little intelligence goes a long way…

  24. thefiesty1 says: Jun 28, 2014 12:19 PM

    Ravens need more than SS. They’ve already got two wins with Cleveland on the schedule every year. But they need more players.

  25. jacobk621 says: Jun 28, 2014 12:19 PM

    @dcapettini ,, you was going great until you dropped Zorn in on us ,,, Zorn ??? Really ?? Seriously ??

  26. clownsfan says: Jun 28, 2014 12:27 PM

    If Ozzie didn’t think these 2 vets couldn’t contribute he wouldn’t have brought them in. He’s the best GM in the NFL. IMO.

  27. scw1993 says: Jun 28, 2014 12:45 PM

    Newsome the best gm in the NFL? You’re kidding right? He kept a wife beater on the team, and his 20m dollar boy got a beatdown from a depleted NE team last year 41 – 7. The cap hit alone is making everyone laugh, 120mil contract, and ravens didn’t even come close to the playoffs. Newsome dropped the ball last season, and still hasn’t picked it up.

  28. broncosnative says: Jun 28, 2014 12:49 PM

    @camcameronsucks, it’s not about flacco’s cap for this year, it is about the total amount of his contract. Eventually that 14mil is gonna climb up to 20+mil and once that happens! the ravens will struggle to resign guys they don’t want leaving and adding talent. Flacco and his agent pressed hard to get him that big contract so it’s highly unlikely hep’ll freely take a pay cut or restructure. That leaves the ravens in a tough position to either release or trade him, they’re not gonna pay flacco elite money when he’s only an above average QB. That being said, with great talent around him, you can win a Super Bowl with flacco, without it you’ll get a repeat of the 2013 season. Flaccos first 5 seasons of success speaks for itself, his 6th season failure speaks for itself.

  29. francogreenbradshaw says: Jun 28, 2014 12:50 PM

    Old and slow………

  30. dontthinkson says: Jun 28, 2014 12:51 PM

    Good thing they gave away Boldin for peanuts, he certainly wouldn’t have been useful last year.

  31. clashpoint says: Jun 28, 2014 12:52 PM

    Well yeah, he’ll help some, as old as he is, as much as his skills have eroded over the years, he’s still one of the Ravens best receivers. How much improvement is a more important question, and will it be enough is another one. The coming suspension for Rice will not help the offense get off to a good start either. Furthermore, I don’t think the line was noticeably improved during the off-season. This offense was pretty bad last year and is kind of trending down for this year – the Ravens have a lot of work to do to catch up to certain other teams in their division.

    Go Steelers!

  32. corvetteman6 says: Jun 28, 2014 1:11 PM

    Sorry, Ozzie, but you’re not convincing anyone with this explanation. The guy is known to polarize a locker room better than anyone else and his reputation for pouting over poorly thrown balls will quickly come into play with a guy like Flacco back there.

  33. getyourownname says: Jun 28, 2014 1:12 PM

    “ravens didn’t even come close to the playoffs”

    Early in the 4Q of their final game last year, Ravens were tied with the Bengals, whom they had beaten earlier. Had the Ravens won that game, they would have gone to the playoffs.

    So if you meant being within the final quarter of the final game isn’t “coming close” to the playoffs, you are exactly right. But I don’t think you really knew that.

  34. SAV says: Jun 28, 2014 1:46 PM

    People are crazy who don’t think John Harbaugh will have 2-3 more championships during his Ravens run. He’s too good of a coach, the best coach.

  35. scw1993 says: Jun 28, 2014 1:52 PM

    I’m not talking about “one quarter of one game.” I’m talking about the entire season…..it was a big disappointment, and raven’s play dropped way off after Jumpball got his ridiculous contract, and I think you know that.

  36. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jun 28, 2014 2:38 PM

    For all those calling the Ravens receivers old you do know that Flacco had his best statistical season with a 36 year old Derrick Mason, a 30 year old Anquan Boldin, a 33 year old T.J. Houshmanzadeh, and a 30 year old Todd Heap, right? I’m sure that he’ll do fine with a receiving corps of a 25 year old Torrey Smith, a 35 year old Steve Smith, a 23 year old Marlon Brown, a 29 year old Dennis Pitta, a 31 year old Owen Daniels, and a 3o year old Jacoby Jones. The biggest concern is keeping him upright.

  37. billytodd2013blbaad says: Jun 28, 2014 2:42 PM

    actualy Ozzie, what you need is a Real QB and not Average Joe Flacco who you’re way over paying!

  38. Ed Bandell says: Jun 28, 2014 2:49 PM

    1) Joe Flacco’s cap number isn’t even the highest on the team. He was actually 4th behind Suggs, Ngata, and Yanda. Flacco actually made his contract to be as cap friendly as possible, Suggs just signed a new cap friendly contract, and the Ravens are currently trying to get Ngata to do the same, but he hasn’t budged yet.

    2) Aside from injuries to Pitta and Jacoby Jones, he was also relying on a rookie in Marlon Brown and there were numerous injuries on the offensive line. The regression of McKinnie at LT, Osemele was out the whole year, Gradkowski was bad, Yanda was coming off of shoulder surgery, and Oher regressed. They couldn’t even run block and Flacco was getting killed almost every play.

    3) Flacco has a Superbowl MVP. Doesn’t get much more elite than that. Not only that, but people are taking his quote out of context and forgetting the rest of it which is, “If you don’t think you’re the best then you don’t belong in this game.” It is called believing in yourself. He doesn’t go out and yell it at everyone that interviews him like some certain Madden Cover Boy. The question was also put to him, “Do you think you’re elite?” What was he supposed to say, “No, I think I’m just average.”

    4) Steve Smith and Owen Daniels are here to supplement the offense, not carry it. Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones, a healthy Ray Rice, an improved and healthy O-Line and a new offensive scheme (which is not vertical, it is spread and more west coast now with Kubiak) I think will pay some great dividends. With all of the weapons they have now, you can’t sleep on anyone. You have to account for everyone, including the FB now.

    The play of Joe Flacco dropped off because they let a hard nosed possession guy go in Boldin, then they lost Pitta, and when the O-line fell apart.

  39. 6allsohard6more says: Jun 28, 2014 3:30 PM

    I will take a above average QB who is super in the playoffs(Flacco) rather then have a hall of fame QB who breaks all the reg season records who is weak in the playoffs (Manning)

  40. steelerofthedraft says: Jun 28, 2014 5:10 PM

    The ravens are old and slow, like the steelers of the past two years. They need playmakers on both sides of the ball. The best player on their team kicks field goals

  41. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 28, 2014 5:20 PM

    Is Ed Bandell the official excuse maker for the Raven fans?
    No one spins better than a Raven fan in denial.

  42. bassplucker says: Jun 28, 2014 5:37 PM

    The Ravens need something to jazz up that offense. They’re one of the 2 or 3 most boring teams in the league to watch, and have been that way for awhile. I’m not a huge Steve Smith fan, but if he gives that offense some sizzle it could be a good move for both sides.

  43. pksoze says: Jun 28, 2014 5:54 PM

    I predict the Ravens will be a playoff team next year and could be the Afc’s sacrificial lamb for the Super Bowl next year.

  44. getyourownname says: Jun 28, 2014 6:36 PM

    No point in arguing abut Flacco to the ignorant. Obviously they’re fantasy geeks. In real football (meaning games won), Flacco has done better than most QBs, most likely including the teams of the haters. When a Super Bowl MVP gets this much hate, you know it’s mindless.

  45. poesports says: Jun 28, 2014 6:36 PM

    Can we compare him to Montana, Merino and Elway? No. Can we compare him with Kenny Stabler, Jim Plunkett and Jim Zorn? Yes, we can and damn good company it is too!
    Flacco tied Montana’s record of 11 td and 0 int during his Super Bowl MVP win so actually you can compare them.

  46. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 28, 2014 6:40 PM

    No point in arguing abut Flacco to the ignorant. Obviously they’re fantasy geeks. In real football (meaning games won), Flacco has done better than most QBs, most likely including the teams of the haters. When a Super Bowl MVP gets this much hate, you know it’s mindless.

    No not mindless it’s just people realize luck is not dealt to you every tear. Reality sucks to those who are buying the Brooklyn Bridge for a buck.

  47. seatownballers says: Jun 28, 2014 6:43 PM

    Then why was boldin traded

  48. t8ertot says: Jun 28, 2014 6:44 PM

    Steve Smith has never faced the AFC north 6 times a year

  49. vikesr4reel says: Jun 28, 2014 7:05 PM

    Ravens lack a QB
    End if story…

  50. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jun 28, 2014 7:41 PM

    vikesr4reel says: Jun 28, 2014 7:05 PM

    Ravens lack a QB
    End if story…
    —————————————————————
    I don’t think a guy whose name is vikesr4reel should say the Ravens don’t have a QB. Joe’s a better QB than any QB the Vikings have trotted out in the past decade outside of one good year from Favre.

  51. ravenswinsuperbowl47 says: Jun 28, 2014 9:14 PM

    vikesr4reel says:
    Jun 28, 2014 7:05 PM
    Ravens lack a QB
    End if story…
    ====================

    Hysterically lame comment coming from a Vikings fan. Your team hasn’t had a quality QB in decades, e.g. one who, similar to Flacco, would have led his team to playoffs in his 5 first seasons – topped off by Super Bowl MVP. No Vikings QB has been close to that level of play since Fran Tarkenton in the 70s (who was 0-4 in Super Bowl play compared to Flacco’s 1-0)

  52. thetooloftools says: Jun 28, 2014 10:17 PM

    Flacco was way overpaid. Just stupid $. I hope he enjoys it because it set the team back decades. He’s making huge $$$ and they have to get cheap on free agents and other options.
    Nothing personal, but he wasn’t the same without the other receiver they ran off in order to PAY HIM.
    Such a suck head move.

  53. simonator917 says: Jun 28, 2014 11:16 PM

    I wish people would stop using military analogies when they’re talking about sports.

  54. hicksc14 says: Jun 28, 2014 11:38 PM

    I love how these idiot ravens fans are trying to defend that their average qb isnt costing their teaming because of his huge deal. Just wait til next year when you cant sign Ngata and cant sign free agents. Btw we all saw last year, flacco needed a tall receiver because there was no one to catch his 50-50 balls. Good job Newsome go the opposite route. Get him a receiver and inch taller then ray rice. #inozziewetrust

  55. steelcurtainn says: Jun 29, 2014 2:29 AM

    Ratbirds don’t have any weapons….lol…….smith isn’t going to help.

  56. vikesr4reel says: Jun 29, 2014 8:23 AM

    Joe Flacco took advantage of a good team around him..
    He did nothing special to win that SB
    In 2 more years he will be sitting with Tebow and Freeman trying to find a team..
    Sorry, that’s reality folks!!

  57. theodore1982 says: Jun 29, 2014 9:52 AM

    I don’t care if we had Adrian Peterson Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson when you have a QB that gets hit 48 times second most in the league and an inexperienced Center who is extremely undersized getting tossed around like a rag doll and the offensive scheme that has up to 8 reads per play which is extremely confusing for some of these young players even the vets Gary Kubiak system has only up to 3 reeds per play and staying in the play action makes us unpredictable are oline could be the best that we have seen it in a few years although they are still questions weather ricky Wagner can handle his position. prediction 12 -4

  58. theodore1982 says: Jun 29, 2014 9:58 AM

    and above average QB doesn’t tie Joe Montana’s playoff record and he was able to do that with a solid oline

  59. guitarkevin says: Jun 30, 2014 10:03 AM

    All you fools act like Smith is the only receiver the Ravens have. Silly trolls. And it’s okay to hate on Flacco. After all, he’s done so much more than most QBs it is easy to be jealous of the guy.

    GO RAVENS!!!!

  60. Bull Rush says: Jun 30, 2014 12:49 PM

    vikesr4reel says: Jun 29, 2014 8:23 AM

    Joe Flacco took advantage of a good team around him..
    He did nothing special to win that SB
    In 2 more years he will be sitting with Tebow and Freeman trying to find a team..
    Sorry, that’s reality folks!!
    “““`
    If so he’ll be sitting right next to Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings will still have a losing record, and Flacco will gladly show his super bowl ring to this entire Vikings organization who haven’t seen one, ever.

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