5 Reasons The Baltimore Ravens Missed The Playoffs
3. Not Playing To Strengths
The Ravens have two really good running backs but you wouldn’t know it by looking at statistics. The Ravens barely used their running backs. Joe Flacco has led the NFL in passing attempts. Terrance West only had three games with 20 rushing attempts or more. In four games this season he didn’t even take 10 hand-offs. The Ravens offensive ineptitude is explained by two bad offensive coordinators ignoring the strength of the team.
Joe Flacco should not be throwing it 45 times a game. Flacco also needs to be rolled out of the pocket and to be given play-calls that fit his strengths. It’s impossible not to love Kenneth Dixon, but pass protection is something he’s horrible at right now. These are just a few examples of how the Ravens offensive strategy refused to put players in their comfort zone.
Some things are cliché for a reason. Think players not plays is always good advice. Marty Mornhinweg and Marc Trestman have tried to fit square pegs into round holes. The offense has struggled because of it.