Baltimore is going through a collective anxiety attack at the moment.
Suddenly, the elation of the miracle win in Denver, the upset in New England, the victory in the Super Bowl just a few weeks ago — even the joy in recently resigning Joe Flacco — has taken a dark turn.
First, came the news that clutch wide receiver Anquan Boldin had been traded to San Francisco. Then, the news that free agent pass rusher Paul Kruger had signed with Cleveland. Okay, losing Boldin was disappointing. Losing Kruger was expected.
That's football. There's a salary cap and it's business. Fine. Everybody Facebooking and tweeting and in the office gets that. Everyone said, "Trust Ozzie."
But now, the city's football fans seem genuinely panicked.
We were supposed to keep middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, right? That's why we let Boldin and Kruger go. He was going to replace Ray Lewis. Now what? We draft the weird guy from Notre Dame and hope he's faster than his 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine?
Then today's stunner: Hard-hitting safety Bernard Pollard is released.
And, of course, there are the reports that Ed Reed has hired an agent and is testing the free agent market. Meanwhile, the only guy we have picked up is 30-year-old defensive tackle Chris Canty.
At this point, it may just be time to move on to baseball. Let go of the obsession with the Ravens until next fall. There seems to be less to worry about with the Orioles, believe it or not. And Opening Day is around the corner.