Offense: QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice, WR Torrey Smith, WR Tandon Doss, OT Michael Oher
Defense: DL Haloti Ngata, LB Courtney Upshaw, DT Terrence Cody, CB Lardarius Webb, CB Jimmy Smith, SS Bernard Pollard
Assessment of current foundation: Future Hall of Famers Ed Reed and Ray Lewis are on their last legs. Terrell Suggs will turn 30 this season but will likely miss all of it with a torn Achilles.
Where to the Ravens go from there?
Ngata is amazing and is only 28, and Cody is young as well. Beyond that, Upshaw and the yet to play Sergio Kindle have some work to do at linebacker.
Reed, one of the best free safeties ever, may not even play this year.
Here is where I insert my rare personal opinion based on only what I've seen: Joe Flacco is not an elite NFL quarterback. He can't win you a Super Bowl.
For some odd reason, the Ravens' front office seems to have all the confidence in the world in Flacco, and want to sign him to a gigantic extension.
That would be a grave mistake. If the franchise goes through with it–and it looks like they will–this team will not win a Super Bowl until Flacco leaves town.
Considering the rebuilding project on defense, the impending departure of center Matt Birk, and a discontent Ray Rice, not many things are working in the organization's favor for the future.
GM Ozzie Newsome should put his genius drafting strategy to good use...and select a different quarterback.
Needs: LB, WR, QB, FS, CB