Pass happy Ravens need to be more balanced in their approach:

Falcons at Ravens 10/19/14

Photo credit: Keith Allison

Author: Jon Kuzma

The Baltimore Ravens have struggled this season stumbling to an 0-3 record on the year. In those 3 games the thing that stands out most when watching this Ravens team, is they are getting away from the fundamentals of successful football. In order to be successful in football you must first and foremost play effective defense. The Ravens are 27th in points surrendered on defense allowing 28 points a game. Which is completely different than the identity this team has established for itself since moving to Baltimore. The other noticeable problem seems to be the teams rushing attack or lack thereof. The team is rushing the ball for only 72 yards a game. Justin Forsett and company need to step up and make the most of every touch they get. Because the team has been falling behind in games the Ravens have had to pass more often to make up for the deficits they’ve faced. It’s up to those running backs to make this team want to run the ball again. As a running back if you make an impact that your team can’t ignore, the team will have to acknowledge your efforts and run the ball again. Even though this offense has got more production out of relying on Flacco’s arm. They have to get back to a run first mentality not only to become more balanced, but also to improve in the time of possession category. By having a better time of possession it keeps opposing offenses off of the field. It also give the Raven’s defense more time to rest and allows them to preserve more stamina when they do take the field. While it’s easy to say the line isn’t blocking upfront and the team has to pass. It is really up to the coaching staff to commit to running the ball and establishing that three yard and a cloud of dust mentality. Coach John Harbaugh finds himself on the hot seat for the first time in his career. It will be interesting to see if this team can over come the loss of Terrell Suggs. And whether or not they can get back to a more balanced attack. It’s the key to their success out there in Baltimore.

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