Baltimore Ravens owner, Steve Bisciotti is set to have the annual “State of the Ravens” press conference today at 1:30 pm. Easily one of the most anticipated pressers, here are a few topics Bisciotti will probably talk about.
In the past week, the Ravens have started working on the next stages of upgrading M&T Bank Stadium.
Some of the ramps to the upper levels will be replaced with escalators and smaller Jumbotrons will be placed in the four corners of the upper deck.
Bisciotti will emphasize these and the remaining upgrades to come next offseason to try to bring fans back to the stadium next season.
One of the first questions asked will most likely be about what happened with former defensive coordinator Dean Pees. Pees retired after the season and within a few weeks, became the Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator.
Some think Pees was forced to retire. Some think he retired because he knew he was going to be fired. I am among the few that believe Pees wanted to retire, but saw a chance to work with his son and jumped on it.
Some will question why they promoted Don “Wink” Martindale instead of bringing back Chuck Pagano, even though every defensive player in the Ravens wanted Wink to get the job.
Lastly, retaining offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will be asked. Throughout the season, fans pleaded for Marty’s firing, but he somehow turned it around after the bye week.
Marty earned another year here, simple as that. Not to mention, the revolving door at offensive coordinator has diminished quarterback Joe Flacco’s prime years.
Draft/Free Agency Needs
The Ravens need to make splashes in the draft, due to the lack of cap space in free agency.
They need a receiver, tight end, inside linebacker, quarterback, and an offensive lineman.
The team has already stated they are willing to draft a quarterback in the early to middle rounds for the first time since 2008.
Jarvis Landry is most fans dream signing this offseason, but I believe Bisciotti will say the team will make a move for him, especially after rumors came out that the Ravens were trying to trade for him last offseason, but they won’t be successful in the end.
Sadly there just is not enough cap space to bring in Landry, who is looking for a deal around $14 million per year.
Hopefully the State of the Ravens presser will be a success and answer all the questions us fans have.
A bold prediction of mine, is that Bisciotti will announce ticket prices will go down for the upcoming season. With the significant drop in attendance throughout the league over the last two seasons, the Ravens will do whatever it takes to bring fans back in.