After struggling a bit on the last couple of days of practicing last week, the writing was on the wall for the offensive to crater on Saturday. And that's precisely what happened on the lone Baltimore Ravens training camp session held last weekend.
After the first five practice of the week saw the Ravens do pretty much everything--they training with pads on and off, and also had a walkthrough day on Thursday--the coaches set up a defense-favored session for Saturday.
The offense couldn't get a thing right through the two hours and a half Saturday's practice at The Castle lasted, with all three quarterbacks (Lamar Jackson, Josh Johnson, and Tyler Huntley) combining to throw nine interceptions and the offensive unit getting called for six false starts. Ugh.
If you want to look at it from a positive angle, well, then you can follow Isaiah Likely's approach to what was an awful day for the Ravens offense.
Speaking after practice and quoted by Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com, the second-year tight end explained that "We were playing uphill today" referring to the three-and-long situations the offense had to scheme for. "You could say the defense won, but in my head, we don't really lose, we just learn," he finished.
Marlon Humphrey, the leader of Baltimore's defense, confirmed that the day was simply schemed for the defense to win it, and that's exactly what they did. That said, the offense was rather attrocious.
"I'm not going to lie. Defense dominated," Humphrey said. "It was a defense day. The script was meant for the defense to win and we won."
Jackson threw four picks, Johnson three, and Huntley two (plus a dropped snap).
According to Ryan Mink's report after Saturday's practice, seven different defenders got at least one interception: Marcus Williams (2), Kyle Hamilton, Ar'Darius Washington, Keyvon Seymour, Jeremy Lucien, Corey Mayfield Jr. (2), and Daryl Worley.
It's worth mentioning that although it's been two weeks of training camp and 10 days of practicing, the Ravens are debuting a new Offensive Coach in Todd Monken and still going through the installation of his new attacking scheme.
Calm down, Flock Nation. It was just a Saturday smacked right in the first week of August. The guys will figure things out in time.