“Got a ring. Who cares?” I simply responded.
You’d think of all 32 fan bases, someone who roots for Washington would trade a single Super Bowl for a bad season the following year. It’s pretty easy logic right? Build a winner, blow it up. That’s the nature of the beast in the salary capped NFL.
After all, it would be worse. What if the Ravens were under these tight financial constraints after falling flat in the postseason? But they didn’t, they strolled out of New Orleans as the champions of the world.
The great Bill Simmons once wrote in his Rules of being a true fan column that teams should be given a five-year grace period by their fans after they win a championship.
12. After your team wins a championship, they immediately get a five-year grace period: You can’t complain about anything that happens with your team (trades, draft picks, salary-cap cuts, coaching moves) for five years. There are no exceptions. For instance, the Pats could finish 0-80 over the next five years and I wouldn’t say a peep. That’s just the way it is. You win the Super Bowl, you go on cruise control for five years. Everything else is gravy.
I couldn’t agree more. Of course, this column was written well before Twitter was born and I’m sure the Sports Guy is outraged by the bitching that has gone on in Baltimore over the past 24 hours about the losses of Anquan Boldin, Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger and Bernard Pollard. I’m not to psyched about them either, but if that’s what a championship costs, I’ll take it.
Besides the grace peroid, the Ravens business history alone should be enough assurance to silence the whines coming from Charm City. Ozzie Newsome sets a price tag for every player and when the market offers more, he let’s them walk. That’s why Kruger wasn’t even offered a contract.
There’s no reason to panic in March.
So relax, Baltimore. Our team just won the Super Bowl and has the smartest GM in the NFL. Go put your Super Bowl XLVII hat on your head, respect the process and keep your mouth shut. At least until 2018.