Ray Rice, running back of the Baltimore Ravens is predicting a return to the Super Bowl in 2015. Those are lofty ambitions for the Baltimore Ravens, a team that was 29th in total offense in 2013-14 season and 12th in total defense. The Baltimore Ravens have always been a very confident team led by retired linebacker great Ray Lewis and star defensive back Ed Reed but when they left the team this past season the team lost some of their identity and that cannot be replaced by just putting in a younger player.
The Baltimore Ravens in 2013-14 had no true identity as to who they were as a team after Ray Lewis and Ed Reed left. The 2012-13 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens were a nightmare for opponents because they would dominate teams physically. In the situations in which a team was able to match their overtly physical style on both offense and defense the Baltimore Ravens would usually end up winning the game because they were able to force teams to play the game in the manner they wanted.
In the 2013-14 season the Baltimore Ravens became predominantly a passing team as their running game was among the worst in the National Football League but since the conclusion of their season the team has taken steps to resolve this situation. Offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell has left to coach the Detroit Lions and he is being replaced by offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak who is renowned for his ability to create a strong running game. The defensive backfield will have a new coach in Steve Spagnuolo who during the New York Giants last Super Bowl was considered one of the smartest defensive coordinators in the league.
In the 2014-15 season the Baltimore Ravens may return to the Super Bowl and if they do it will because they have a much improved running game and their defense is once again a dominating group that is able to impose its will on their opponents. One thing that fans of the Baltimore Ravens can smile about is the fact that the players and organization are already focused on returning to the Super Bowl in 2015.