CBS Sports broadcaster Steve Tasker joined the Norris and Davis Show on Baltimore’s 105-7 THE FAN Thursday morning to discuss the Ravens over this past offseason. Tasker believes that the moves the team made have been exaggerated, and the team is not in as bad of a place as people think. He believes the defense is going to be much more athletic, but the offense is going to fall upon Joe Flacco to lead.
Tasker believes the hardest thing in order to repeat as Super Bowl champions, it is going to be tough to stay “hunched over the grind stone” and keep working as hard as you did the year before. Being a champion comes with offers to do other things not related to practicing, so the other 31 teams in the league are going to gain some ground on the reigning champions. He mentions that no one throws as well as Flacco, which is going to be very helpful for Dallas Clark and Brandon Stokley. Tasker believes that Flacco has received a lesson that not many quarterbacks get: you can’t do it alone. He believes the Anquan Boldin trade is going to be really good for Flacco because it will teach him to make the other players around him better.
Tasker believes that keeping Jacoby Jones as the number two receiver for the Ravens offense is going to potentially dull his potential as a special teams ace. Tasker, a former special teams ace, mentions his own struggles when he started to play a major part at wide receiver and believes this could very well happen to Jones as well. Tasker then transitions to talking about some injuries that have happened around the league, such as the Lisfranc injury to Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell. He doesn’t believe the Steelers are going to be the Steelers of the past, but they are in a rebuilding phase at the moment.