It was an uphill battle for the Baltimore Ravens all season long, but they were at the top of the NFL pile when it mattered most. Now, 32 NFL teams are in the process of hitting the reset button as they collectively move forward towards the 2013 draft.
For the Ravens, the coming weeks are about celebration, but there's also work to be done in the front office. As it stands right now, the Ravens have an uphill battle if they hope to repeat their title run next year.
The most obvious hurdle the Ravens will face moving forward is the loss of a future Hall of Fame linebacker. It's possible that Ray Lewis will get an itch to come back into the NFL at some point through the long offseason, but as it stands, the Ravens will be without his services, and even injured, he made an impact on the game as a motivating force and field general for the defense.
Yet another overt hurdle comes in the form of quarterback Joe Flacco's coming contract negotiations. Flacco's camp will be looking fo...