The Ravens changed Offensive Coordinator last spring when they decided to part ways with the stale Greg Roman in order to bring back-to-back college champ OC Todd Monken.
So far, so good. Yes, there have been some growing pains, but the offense clicked from the first minute, and had it not been for some ridiculous mistakes in the games against the Colts and the Steelers, be it fumbles or drops, we could very well be looking at a 7-0 Ravens entering Week 8.
That's exactly what former Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin thinks about this offense: it's only getting started and the best is yet to come. Boldin spoke to Fox News Digital and he said some interesting things about this new Baltimore team.
"I think they have the right receivers in the room. I think they’re still in the process of filling out who can do what. You look at it, they have a new offensive coordinator this year after G-Rome [Greg Roman] the last couple years. So they’re still trying to figure those pieces out. New offensive system. You went from a run-heavy offense to now trying to be more balanced. They’re still trying to figure that piece out. Like I said, how do we use the guys around us? Because they have some dynamic pieces, so just trying to figure it out."- Anquan Boldin, former Baltimore Raven
Boldin thinks the Rvaens are "still in the process of filling out who can do what," and "trying to figure those pieces out." If that's right, we can only dream about what might be next as the offense is already a superpowered unit.
The legendary wideout added that Baltimore has "some dynamic pieces," and that the little errors just happened because the team is "just trying to figure it out."
"It also a little different in the fact that nowadays you don’t play as much in the preseason. In the past, you use those games to kinda gel together and get that continuity going. Now, people seem more concerned about being healthy going into the season, which is a good thing. When you don’t play in the preseason, you don’t get that experience playing together. It takes a little time during the season to gel together."- Anquan Boldin, former Baltimore Raven
Asked about the reason putting a little bit of pause to the true explosion of the new offense, Bolding thinks "nowadays you don’t play as much in the preseason," which means that the Ravens didn't have much time or many reps to get to know each new piece of the offense as they would have loved to.
"You use [preseason] games to kinda gel together and get that continuity going," Boldin said. "Now, people seem more concerned about being healthy going into the season."
As Boldin sees it, "When you don’t play in the preseason, you don’t get that experience playing together." He later added "It takes a little time during the season to gel together," which is a rather promising comment from a man in the known to make, and something to be hyped about going forward.
The Ravens might "only" be 5-2, but they could easily be 7-0 without having even played half of the season under the guidance and new playbook of Todd Monken. If Boldin is right (and he should) the sky is the limit of this offensive unit.