The drastic offseason changes made by the Baltimore Ravens have garnered a lot of media attention. By now, you have repeatedly heard the long list of key players that are no longer Ravens.
You have also probably heard that no previous Super Bowl champion had ever lost more than five starters…until now. On the other hand, keeping a Super Bowl team together hasn’t exactly been a recipe for success in the playoffs.
Since the 2002 season, when the playoff seeding was restructured to create the current system, only the New England Patriots have won a playoff game following a Super Bowl win (they actually won three games to repeat in 2005 and won one playoff game the next year).
That means that nine Super Bowl champions did not win a playoff game the next year, with four of those champions not even making it back to the playoffs.
The odds are against the Ravens making some noise in the playoffs this season, but as the media have pointed out, this is hardly the same team. Baltimore has lost a whopping nine starters, which means that there are significant changes coming to the Ravens depth chart.
This is a brief overlook of how the depth chart has changed at the relevant positions, and a preview of what to expect for the 2013 season.