Baltimore Ravens: Top 5 concerns heading into 2020
4. Getting too cute with the offense and losing rhythm:
Greg Roman is in charge of the most revolutionary offense in the NFL. Baltimore does things differently than the 31 teams in the league and they are the hardest team to prepare for. That gives Roman the potential to go too far with things or to get too cute with the play-calling. The Ravens back to back losses from the 2019 season are a good example of this. The Ravens got too pass happy (without needing to) and got away from what they do best. The playoff loss to the Titans was another example that when Baltimore goes off script, things grind to a miserable halt.
The Ravens always need to be a run first team. It’s the threat of the running game that makes Jackson’s dual-threat abilities a cheat code. Because Jackson is the most versatile athlete on the planet, Roman can get distracted with all the fun experiments he can go through in the game. A lot of the time it works because Jackson is special and he’s better at just about everything than he gets credit for. Sometimes it leads to things breaking down. When this happens the Ravens stop making things look easy and have to get back to their full head of steam.
With the right mix of downhill running, zone reads and play-action passes the opposing defense never gets to relax. Roman’s creativity built the scariest offense in the game. He just has to be diligent to stay on the right frequency of his play-calling genius.