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My Response to Williamkosko's Reaction to my Blog.
Firstly, if you haven't read my blog.
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But this blog is about a Mr. Williamkosko's reaction to said hub.
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Will, I read your blog and I hear you. It was written very well and you expressed your points clearly and politely, which I appreciated.
However, I feel as if you might have misinterpreted my tone, and beyond that, missed my point.
So instead of a lengthy comment on your hub, I decided to bring it... Here.
Living on the eastern shore of Maryland, Many people abandoned ship during the free agency period.
I was frustrated by this because Ozzie has done nothing but improve this team since their origin in the late 90's. Even during the bad seasons (such as 07), the lulls have been brief, and they have shown signs of life (the patriots game).
To address your responses.
1. I listed Ngata as a great player despite not having fantastic stats, Not actually a big stat guy. It's just easier to list stats then bust out the all-22 camera and film players being effective or ineffective. Is Terrell Suggs a good linebacker? Yes. He's fierce, can make plays, and I would LOVE to have him on my team, however I find his stats to be misleading as when you break them down, his effect isn't felt in big games. I will concede that perhaps he was hampered by special treatment from offensive linemen, but Lawrence Taylor, Bruce Smith, Reggie White, even Dwight Freeney have managed to beat that treatment. That's what separates good from great. And as for Rice, in today's day and age, the runningback position is becoming less and less important, as we saw in the draft. So paying a guy THAT much seems a little ridiculous to me. I like Pierce a little more honestly, he's stronger, not as quick, but I would love to see Caldwell split the carries more this season.
2. I wasn't questioning the incredible 2000 Raven's defense or even their performance in the early 2000's. I was stating that the Ravens are finally evolving. I wasn't questioning the success that they have had or would have, merely that the offense would be the one delivering the wins. In fact, if you read my other blog, (http://ryandanielsmith.hubpages.com/hub/My-NFL-Pre-Draft-Playoff-Standing-Predictions) you'll see that I not only have the Ravens winning the division, but improving. The only thing separating them from a first round bye is the weakness of the Pats/Bronco's schedule.
3.Glad we agree =)
4. Glad we agree again. lol.
5. Okay. Seeing as there are a limited amount of players, there has to be one that is the least important. That doesn't undermine it, but the position itself has become more and more of a failsafe. Now! If you have Brian Dawkins, Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu, or a true playmaker at the position, it changes everything. The 49ers didn't even attempt to re-sign their All pro safety, Dashon Goldson this off-season despite needing all the help they can get in the secondary. Elam is a good player, I liked the Arthur Brown pick A LOT more, and am thrilled that they didn't take Te'o, because a Te'o vs Rolando McClain battle for a starting spot would've been like Kyle Boller vs JaMarcus Russell.
6. The key words in this statement were "this isn't a permanent thing."
I love Harbs as a coach, as I said. But you're right, stats aren't everything, and for the time being, I just put them ahead. That's my opinion, and there might be an argument that he is better than Tomlin, but Payton is a genius playcaller, and the difference between the Saints with him and without him was apparent this off-season.
7. I guess this is debatable. I think that Peyton Manning has been a silent leader since 98 and has had great success, but a defensively minded team might require more stimulation than execution to get fired up to make big plays so. Its a wash.
8. This was a pet peeve of mine, I believe that every franchise has a personality, and while, unfortunately, the Raider Nation doesn't mean anything to the rest of the country but a bunch of lunatics who dress up and root for a team that hasn't had a winning record since 2002, but... There's a history there, and I feel like the Ravens could've been more creative. I don't think Ro McClain will be part of any nation for much longer lol.
9. That's actually not true, wayyyy back in Peyton's rookie year, the Ravens picked him off multiple times and won. Back when Rod Woodson was around, look it up.
I just think the Ravens are better than that. Why be bitter when you can be better?
10. And again, I have all the faith in the world that the Ravens will continue to be excellent. This was not a piece mocking the Ravens or their front office, but that fans should have faith and maybe let the NFL do it's thing.
and 11. You're a great writer, and it's nice to know that you read some of my blogs and stood up for your opinions. A differing opinion is always welcome and I look forward to reading more of you work.