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Ray Rice says he’s healthy, confident about running game

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Ravens running back Ray Rice is averaging just 2.7 yards per carry this season, well below his established level of play and well below what’s an acceptable number for a lead running back regardless of what they’ve done in the past.

Rice has maintained for the last couple of weeks that he’s totally healthy after injuring his hip flexor earlier this season, an injury that some pointed to as a potential reason for the sharp downturn in Rice’s play this season. Others have pointed to an ineffective offensive line, although coach John Harbaugh said this week that he thought that unit was taking too much blame for the offensive struggles.

Wherever you’d like to place the blame for what’s gone wrong in the first eight games, Rice is confident that things are going to be better in the second half.

“My level of confidence is where it was in Week One,” Rice said, via the Baltimore Sun. “I still believe we’ll get the run game going. We have the guys. It’s never going to be an effort thing. We’ve just seen some pretty good fronts, and I’ve battled through stuff this year. I don’t have to hesitate to do anything. I just want to go out there and let it fly. The next eight games, I’m just trying to go out there and be the best Ray Rice I can be for the next half of the season.”

There’s a saying that the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, but the Ravens don’t have much choice other than doing just that. The team is pretty much what it is at this point in the season and the resurgence of the running game is going to have to come from the same players responsible for its decline.

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14 Responses to “Ray Rice says he’s healthy, confident about running game”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 7, 2013 10:18 AM

    Rice ain’t a meal without meat or beans.

    NO LEADERSHIP.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Nov 7, 2013 10:21 AM

    Top 5 RBs in Professional Football – Alfred Morris, Jamal Charles, Matt Forte, CJ Spiller and Giovani Bernard. In that order.

  3. footballfan01 says: Nov 7, 2013 10:31 AM

    LOL

  4. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 7, 2013 10:35 AM

    Worst run-blocking line in the league. Truly laughable.

  5. opinevain says: Nov 7, 2013 10:40 AM

    As a Raven fan, I heard this before. Oh, just several weeks ago.

  6. coachjohnharbaugh says: Nov 7, 2013 10:55 AM

    at least he’s a #worldchampion

  7. cliverush says: Nov 7, 2013 11:00 AM

    How many running backs excel after 3 to 4 yrs. in the league? Not many due to the pounding they take. It is not a good investment for teams to make.

  8. thegrigga49 says: Nov 7, 2013 11:30 AM

    It’s time for Pierce to get more carries.

  9. danfan528 says: Nov 7, 2013 11:41 AM

    Rice runs as though he were running in the sand at the beach, slow with no burst. He’s either hurt or done.

  10. JackAcid says: Nov 7, 2013 11:44 AM

    How about that Joe Flacco contract? Fluke QB, fluke team.

  11. guitarkevin says: Nov 7, 2013 12:47 PM

    Pierce can’t even run the ball with out O-Line.

    Rice is fine. Pierce is fine. Joe is fine.

    The O-Line is not fine.

  12. aceben3 says: Nov 7, 2013 1:06 PM

    Ravens fan here. He is not healthy. The fact that he feels the need to speak on the subject is all you need to know.

    If you’re inclined to blame his strugges on the O-line, consider that he is averaging 5.0 yards per reception this year, down from his career average of 8.4. His catches per game are not significantly down from career averages. Also consider that we recently signed Bernard Scott for depth. That tells you Pierce isn’t healthy either.

  13. cruzan80 says: Nov 7, 2013 5:55 PM

    The line is horrible….no QB or RB would find much success with that line. With the shots Flacco has taken this season, I’m very surprised he hasn’t gotten hurt by now. Rice IMO though is somewhat done as a top RB….they just don’t last this long typically.

  14. winorlose6burgh says: Nov 7, 2013 9:12 PM

    Over paid joe took all the money good luck finding another RBI

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