Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/9/14
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This isn’t intended to be a hit piece on Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome, or an irrational anti-Joe Flacco screed. The fact is simply this: Flacco is not good enough to elevate the lesser talent around him, which is exactly what a premium paid quarterback has to do in a strict salary cap league.Newsome had little choice but to re-sign Flacco to the record six-year, $120 million bank-breaking contract, but it’s believed it is actually a 3-year, $62 million deal that will be restructured when all the guaranteed money is paid out.With so much money locked up at quarterback the front office could only watch as Ed Reed, Paul Kruger, Bernard Pollard, Cary Williams and Dannell Ellerbe all left town. Hard times caused Baltimore to trade away Anquan Boldin for a measly sixth-round draft pick as well. And all while the heart and soul of the franchise—Ray Lewis—was riding into the sunset.That much talent and experience can’t leave an organization without leaving a wake of doubt and anxiety.I’ve wor...
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