Aside from Kubiak's offense, which wasn't the Greatest Show on Turf by any means, the offenses have sucked in Baltimore since 1997. How is that? How has a franchise gone 20 years with mediocre to terrible offenses? The players, the coordinators, the coaches change but the results largely remain the same. That's why I am kind of past the whole coordinator stuff and pointing the finger at the FO. This team needs a philosophy change that begins with the FO. Ozzie has done wonders for this organization but it's time to admit his failures. No coordinator could make this milquetoast offense good, especially with the injuries we've had. So I'm basically throwing my hands up in the air at this point. I dont see how any change can improve things so I am throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Nuke the team.
A huge part of that is where you spend your resources. We've had huge commitments financially in the defense during that entire time you mention. I don't have the numbers to back it up, but my guess is from '97 through when we paid Joe, that the defense has gotten a much larger percentage of the salary cap than the typical NFL team.
Another part is the team has definitely had troubles drafting and developing skill position talent offensively. We've done a good to great job at O-line and a great job at every level of the defense, but not really anywhere else. 1-for-the-franchise in finding QBs. 0-for-franchise in finding #1 receivers and only 1 other simply starting caliber WR. 2 great running backs. 1 great and 1 good tight end.