5 Reasons For The Baltimore Ravens 5 Losses
2. The Offense Is Predictable:
Next Sunday, I want you to play a game from home. Try to predict the play call the Ravens will go with. More often than not, I bet you will be correct. This is because the Ravens offense is that predictable. If I can do it from my sofa, imagine what defensive coordinators can do from the sideline. Going into the game the opponent knows a few things about the Baltimore offense. They understand that the Ravens will be one dimensional (by choice). They understand Flacco crumbles against a pass rush and that the offensive line is a heavily penalized unit. Defensive coordinators also know that Steve Smith Sr. is the one player they have to take away.
This means that the Ravens see the same thing every week. Until the Ravens prove otherwise there is a clear blueprint to beating the Ravens. First you rattle Flacco. Secondly you play tight man coverage. If Flacco has no time, Flacco falls apart. The defense is not going to worry about the run game. The Ravens barely run the football. The defense isn’t worried about the deep passing attack. Mike Wallace is the only dependable deep threat the purple and black have and Flacco doesn’t throw the deep bomb efficiently anymore.
The Ravens offense hasn’t really changed that much since Marc Trestman was fired. Every week of the season the Ravens do half of the opposing defense’s work for them. It is insane to be this predictable.