Gary Kubiak: We’ve got to get Ray Rice going

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The Ravens had no luck running the ball in 2013 as both Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce struggled to find holes and exploit any openings they did find on their way to a league-worst 3.1 yards per carry.

New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak knows that has to change next season and he is looking to Rice to lead the change after a year further marred by a hip injury. Kubiak said he thinks you need two guys to succeed over 16 games, but left no doubt that he thinks Rice’s return to form is crucial for the Ravens.

“I think as he goes, we’ll go. Our goal is to get him going, and he’s excited to get going and put last year behind him,” Kubiak said, via the team’s website. “We’ve just got to get him going, doing what he does best, and that’s us studying him and fitting him with our system and those type of things. We’ve got to get Ray going. That’s the bottom line.”

Rice doesn’t look much like Arian Foster, who thrived in Kubiak’s offense in Houston, but Kubiak’s run offenses with a variety of different backs doing well going back to his days as the coordinator in Denver. Should that continue with Rice, the Ravens offense will be in much better shape next season.

43 responses to “Gary Kubiak: We’ve got to get Ray Rice going

  1. Football in today’s NFL is four times more likely to be correlated to your passing attack , not your running game, so he needs to get Flacco going before worrying about Rice. Good luck with that.

  2. Except they have won two super bowls in the past 13 years? Or are they not as coveted in Minnesota?

  3. ray rice must spend a lot of time with his children (unlike adrian peterson – who avoids his illegitimate kids).

  4. Gary’s just saying this as a mask to other teams. I bet they draft his replacement in this years draft and send him packing.

  5. With their offensive playcalling it is no surprise. Run on first down, hail mary on 2nd and 3rd down, punt on 4th down.

    Ravens 2013 season in a nutshell

  6. Unless the ravens fix Jump Ball Joe Ray Rice will not make a difference , but Kubiak has to protect his “elite” QB’s ego so he has to get someone moving. Going to be fun to watch the struggles with new coaches and Harbag under the gun…..time for JFM to spin his little top.

  7. If only they could take back all that check-down punishment from linebackers, he’d be good as new.

  8. Fact: Joe Flacco is a super bowl winning qb and Dalton is not. Fact: Joe Flacco threw 11td’s and zero picks on route to an mvp and Rothlisberger has not. Fact: Crowns shtick got stale a long time ago, bring something to the table thats not transparent or debatable. Reminding us about trips to Gettysburg and such while posting on every single Ravens story is just showing us all your infatuation with the Ravens. Get off our d already Mr. Samm

  9. You know who else pledged to get Ray Rice going? Cam Cameron and Jim Caldwell. Here, let me do it too:

    We need to get Ray Rice going, guys.

  10. Fact: Joe Flacco is a super bowl winning qb and Dalton is not. Fact: Joe Flacco threw 11td’s and zero picks on route to an mvp and Rothlisberger has not. Fact: Crowns shtick got stale a long time ago, bring something to the table thats not transparent or debatable. Reminding us about trips to Gettysburg and such while posting on every single Ravens story is just showing us all your infatuation with the Ravens. Get off our d already Mr. Samm

    Funny how the truth causes Raven fans to bunch their collective shorts. Reality is not always viewed thru purple shades…..hitch up your big boy britches and take it like you like to give it skippy.

  11. Rice should take a party-bus trip to Gettysburg and pick up humbleminded on the way. He seems like he needs a motivational speech from Flacco.

    Transparent enough? And I had no idea you followed my work so closely – some might call that an infatuation.

  12. Poor Steelers’ fans. Four straight downer years and all you can do is hope your endless misery has a little company. Ravens’ fans remember when you clowns swore up and down that Ray Rice would never win a SB. So much for your knowledge of the game. Your ignorance is our bliss.

  13. Wow. It must be nice to have an OC who knows what he’s doing. We Raiders fans are sucking wind in this area big-time. From the stubborn foolishness of Greg Knapp to the vacuous foolishness of Greg Olsen. ENOUGH WITH THE GREGs ALREADY!!

  14. Poor Steelers’ fans. Four straight downer years and all you can do is hope your endless misery has a little company. Ravens’ fans remember when you clowns swore up and down that Ray Rice would never win a SB. So much for your knowledge of the game. Your ignorance is our bliss.

    Never one to misquote are you? Fans never said anything about Ray Rice not winning a SB, but Woodley did. Get your lies straight spinner. Steeler fans remember last off season when all the raven mouths were in Ozzie we trust blah blah and we will repeat….yawn.

  15. Cut Gary some slack. Poor fellow’s not sure if he reports to Harbs, or Biscotti, or Castillo, or Spagnuolo, or Dennison, or Jay Harbaugh, or …

  16. “Fans never said anything about Ray Rice not winning a SB, but Woodley did. Get your lies straight spinner.”

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Dec 27, 2012 2:46 PM
    I really feel bad for ray rice having to play for a team that never gets to the Super Bowl…he deserves so much more and wont get it where he is now. If only the steelers had taken you ray….sigh…

    Hahahahahahaha!

  17. 4 straight years of downer years for Steelers fans? If losing the Super Bowl to the Packers in the 2010 season is a downer year then what is finishing 3rd place in the AFC North behind the Steelers in 2013 then?

  18. Hey humble…….Flacco’s 11 TDs and 0 ints in 2012 postseason did not help him with his 25+ turnovers in the regular season this year did it? Without Boldin making Flacco look good and with Smith now drawing safety coverage, check-down Flacco cannot push the ball downfield anymore. That is why the focus now goes to the running game. Kubiak is hoping that the running game and make the game easier for Flacco. Problem is that Kubiak had an awesome O-line in Houston for a few years while the Ravens’ O-line will suffer again.

  19. jmf, I’d love to see that big spreadsheet you have of poster comments. That’s some impressive stuff.

  20. Ravens O-line problems can’t get any worse. It will improve this season. Yes, running the football is a key element to winning football games. The Ravens defense will be solid. Ray Rice is the centerpiece of it all. Ravens will get back on track to playoff football. Steelers will finish 8-8 again and the Bengals will have their hands full winning the division again. Flacco had the horrid offense at 8-6 before he was injured. I give him more props than Manning who stunk up the SB.

  21. Truth to the matter is the ravens are going to have a hard time next year. They will be going through what the steelers did last year. Expect the steelers battling the bengals in the division with a good draft. I wouldn’t put Baltimore in the basement yet but they should finish with another 8-8 season or worse. But, if the browns get better, look out, the Ravens could be seeing the basement.

  22. That’d actually be a good question – who’s been the more futile team over the last decade or two, Cin or Min?

  23. Hahahahahahaha! Someone got owned!

    I would bet it’s the geek who searches year old posts in the a Pft archives on a Valentines a Day. I guess your life revolves around PFT.

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