The off-season may have been shortened by a 130 plus day labor dispute, but the lack of “football time” didn’t deter Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome, who once again waved his magic wand. The changes were made fast and the depth of them were too vast to fully digest. Baltimore dispensed Mason, McGahee, Heap and Gooden, among others, for reasons including competency, money and age. The organization took these steps in order to finally push a team that’s been on the brink of success right over the edge.
Holes in the o-line? No problem — Sign Bryant McKinnie. Get him motivated and in shape, and place him at left tackle which then locks up the right side with Michael Oher.
Problems at center with Matt Birk and his recovery from knee surgery? No problem — Sign five-time Pro Bowler Andre Gurode.
Want more from the ground game? No problem — Sign Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach who’s pride in smashing those in his way will be a welcome fit.
Need a true proven deep threat WR? No problem — Sign Lee Evans who can take the top off and beat almost anyone down field.
Too old? No problem — Add young WRs and a CB through the draft in Torrey Smith, LaQuan Williams and Jimmy Smith.
Those are just some of the changes the Baltimore Ravens made in 2011. Moves that make sense. Moves that were needed and on paper, prior to week one, moves that make the Ravens a legitimate contender. Lots to prove on the field after the front office took care of business off it.