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How in the world are the Baltimore Ravens—the Super Bowl champions—going to survive this season without some of the greatest players to ever play the game?
Not only did they lose their inspirational captain and one of the greatest leaders of men I’ve ever witnessed in Ray Lewis, but they also said goodbye to future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed.
If that wasn’t enough, Anquan Boldin was shipped off to San Francisco for peanuts, while a great deal of the roster was ransacked via free agency.
Surprisingly, the Ravens could still find success, despite what could only be described as a major overhaul to their Super Bowl roster.
Second-team All-Pro cornerback Lardarius Webb should be ready by the regular season after missing most of last year with a knee injury, while Terrell Suggs should also be fully recovered from the torn Achilles that limited him in 2012.
If he can resemble the level of play that earned him Defensive Player of the Year two years ago as Webb returns to his dominant form, the Ravens should have a formidable one-two punch of All-Star talent.
In addition, they wisely jumped at the opportunity to sign former Bronco Elvis Dumervil, who happens to be one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL.
They've also addressed some other pressing needs via the draft with safety Matt Elam and Arthur Brown, whom they drafted in the first and second rounds.
Brown will be expected to help stop the bleeding inside from the departure of Dannell Ellerbe and Lewis, while Elam is a mere band-aid on the gaping wounds left by the terrific safety tandem of Bernard Pollard and Ed Reed who have both moved on.
Offensively, the Ravens have been dealt even more bad news with Dennis Pitta expected to miss the entire season with an injury.
Can the Ravens find cohesiveness after the departure of so many key contributors and legends?