Exploring whether or not Ravens really need a number one wide receiver
By Billy Kosko
How can the Ravens resolve their issues on offense?
That’s the difference. In 2019, the Ravens passed more efficiently. It wasn’t that they passed more or had better receivers. The only real difference was how they were passing and sure, they had Hayden Hurst as another receiving tight end. But that’s not a number one wide receiver.
I personally believe that issue will be resolved mainly through the departure of David Culley. David Culley was in charge of creating and coordinating the passing scheme of the Ravens offense. He did a great job in 2019, the Ravens ranked number one in scoring with 33.2 points per game.
However, his passing schemes were not sustainable. Teams figured the Ravens offense out and it became predictable. Culley’s passing schemes were too elementary and he wasn’t making the necessary changes. Then, Roman did get a bit complacent and his running game became predictable. But Roman is a proven offensive coordinator with experience. He will make the adjustments, especially now that the Ravens brought in pass game specialist Keith Williams and wide receivers coach Tee Martin.
Did you notice the word “pass-game specialist?” It’s different from a pass-game coordinator like David Culley was. Williams has extensive experience working with wide receivers. In fact, he has worked as a personal coach for many of the game’s top receivers, including but not limited to Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, and Sammy Watkins.
As an example, in 2015 under Williams’ leadership, Nebraska’s wide receivers were highly productive. The group combined for over 200 reception, about 2,800 receiving yards, and 23 touchdowns. Keith Williams helped Nebraska rank top three in the Big Ten in passing offense, scoring offense, total offense, and third-down conversions.
Now, imagine what Williams can do for us? Especially, working with Tee Martin as the wide receivers coach. Keith Williams can focus just on boosting the passing portion of the Ravens’ offense. Roman can handle ensuring that the Ravens rushing attack stays at the top of the NFL.