In nine seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, inside linebacker Daryl Smith only made it to the playoffs twice. And after joining the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens before last season, he missed the postseason again.
For a veteran like Smith, the Januarys spent watching other teams' hard work rewarded instead of your own served as a reminder of how much it takes to get there.
The Ravens have made the playoffs in six of the last seven seasons, with a core of players like quarterback Joe Flacco, guard Marshal Yanda and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs around for each appearance.
To those players, it's almost...