Twenty years ago today, Trent Dilfer the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV. Dilfer was frankly possibly the worst quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl the Ravens were led by a dominant defense. So it wasn’t a big surprise after the season. The Ravens let Dilfer walk in free agency and signed Elvis Grbac to replace him.
But that move turn out to be a flop. Grbac had the worst season of his career and was cut by the Ravens after one year. And all these years later. Dilfer is still bitter about it, saying his struggles during the Super Bowl season were the result of playing through an injury. The Ravens showed no appreciation for him putting his body on the line for the team.
“You know, I’ve been through a lot in my life and I try not to be bitter about anything,” Dilfer told ESPN. “I’d say that’s one I’m still harboring a little bit of bitterness because of the why. It was so poorly evaluat on their behalf.” UFABET
Trent Dilfer said Grbac was lacking in the kind of toughness the Ravens need, and then-coach Brian Billick should have realized Grbac was wrong for the team.
“I’ll take a shot at Elvis because it doesn’t bother me at all,” Dilfer said. “The core value of that team was toughness. And Brian didn’t realize that. It wasn’t their coaching while wasn’t their talent evaluation. It wasn’t all the things that they think it was. The core value of that team was mental and physical toughness. That’s who I am and that’s the opposite of who Elvis is. They set their identity back light years by getting it wrong.”
The Ravens took a step backward from there, missing the playoffs four of the next six years and never getting back on track until John Harbaugh replac Billick in 2008. There’s no guarantee that things would have been any better if they had stuck with Dilfer, but keeping Dilfer, drafting a young quarterback and using the cap space they spent on Grbac’s big contract on other positions instead would have been a wiser course of action. It’s understandable that Dilfer is still bitter about it.