Ravens position analysis: The middle linebackers

C.J. Mosley: Photo Baltimore Ravens
C.J. Mosley: Photo Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens have had a history of great middle linebackers.  With Ray Lewis retired, the Ravens did not miss much of a beat with Daryl Smith stepping in in 2013 and providing leadership and great play.  Now the Ravens have added C.J. Mosley to the linebacking core and further strengthened the position.

The middle linebacking core should be a strength for the Ravens in 2014. They are young and talented and lead by a great leader in Smith.

Now onto the analysis.  Read more about Ravens position analysis: The middle linebackers

Player Profiles: Daryl Smith

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Daryl Smith: Photo Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens Have had a long history of having a great defense and great linebackers.  When Ray Lewis retired after the 2012 Super Bowl the Ravens signed Daryl Smith.  Smith at the time was a free agent coming off an injury and the Ravens got him for a one-year deal.  Smith played his college football at Georgia Tech.

Smith was drafted in the second round of the 2004 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and stayed with them until 2012.  Smith throughout his career has been a great middle linebacker even when he has played on sub-par teams in Jacksonville.  Smith has also stayed healthy just about every season except for the 2012 season where he only played in two games.  Read more about Player Profiles: Daryl Smith

Ravens 2013 season review

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Jimmy Smith was the Ravens most improved player

It is time for the Baltimore Ravens season review.  Surprisingly the Ravens season ended kind of like the Baltimore Orioles season as both teams finished around .500 and just missed the playoffs.  The Ravens finished the season with an eight and eight record.

The Ravens season came down to one huge flaw and that was their offensive line.  New offensive line coach Juan Castillo deserves a lot of the blame but the Ravens did miss center Matt Birk who retired.  Gino Gradkowski did a poor job with picking assignments.  The offensive line was an overall mess and was the reason behind all of the Ravens offensive failures.  The Ravens offensive line could not run block or pass block.

The offensive line was so bad that Joe Flacco barely made it through the season healthy and honestly probably should not have been playing in the last two games.

With that being said lets take a look at the best and worst of the Ravens season.
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