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Ravens’ game plan for Tyrod Taylor? “Make him a quarterback”

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills runs with the ball in the second half of the Buffalo Bills vs. the Baltimore Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Ravens jumped to 1-0 on Sunday with a 13-7 victory over the Bills at home and they neutralized Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor in the process.

Taylor scrambled and hit tight end Charles Clay for a 33-yard gain, but he was otherwise quiet on a day that saw him throw for 111 yards overall and add just 11 yards on five rushing attempts. Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams explained after the game what Baltimore wanted to do against the former member of their team.

“The game plan was to make him a quarterback,” Williams said, via “Sometimes he got out of there, but not too many times.”

Working to keep Taylor in the pocket worked out well as did the Ravens’ ability to keep Sammy Watkins and other Bills receivers from beating them down the field. The completion to Clay was the only passing play of more than 20 yards, something the Bills will look to change on Thursday night against an 0-1 Jets team that may see Baltimore’s work as a blueprint for how to keep Taylor from making big plays.

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15 Responses to “Ravens’ game plan for Tyrod Taylor? “Make him a quarterback””
  1. joeflaccosunibrow says: Sep 11, 2016 8:42 PM

    To all the fans who would call into Baltimore Sports talk and complain about starting Tyrod over Flacco, now you know why.

  2. jakec4 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:45 PM

    Wow. The article in the link said it was the worst Buffalo output in a season opener since 1979. Buffalo is not a bad team. I just think that Rex Ryan is yesterday’s news. He’s never understood enough offense or special teams or time management or don’t waste all your timeouts on third down to become a complete head coach.

  3. tfootball1234 says: Sep 11, 2016 9:10 PM

    Wanna hear what homers bills fans are here in western ny ? i was listening to WGR on thursday. some guy called in from maryland and took exception to what the host said. know what he said ? that tyrod was better than flacco ! when dude tried to ask about it, they cut him off. the bills are a joke. to anyone that will listen ALWAYS bet against them. the whole organization is clueless, even whaley. they refuse to draft a QB. nice win by the gmen today.

  4. ohand16 says: Sep 11, 2016 9:14 PM

    What a disaster of a franchise. My god, I feel sorry for the people of WNY

  5. ohand16 says: Sep 11, 2016 9:24 PM

    The Jets are going to come out on Thursday and put a first class beat down on the Bills. And that is hard for me to say, because I know the Jets are pathetic!

  6. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 11, 2016 9:52 PM

    That’s the same game plan the Bills had for Flacco.

  7. catquick says: Sep 11, 2016 10:05 PM

    Ohand16……….feel sorry for yourself. Tomorrow morning you will still be you.

  8. elevandoo says: Sep 11, 2016 11:23 PM

    Game plan looked super conservative as if Rex expected he was going to win with the defense. Bills need to open it up far more than this.

  9. laserw says: Sep 11, 2016 11:25 PM

    Taylor is just not QB material.

    Unless you call dressing up in a QB Halloween Costume as enough to be an NFL QB.

  10. slick50ks says: Sep 12, 2016 12:29 AM

    Franchise QB eh?

    Sane people knew better.

  11. gah05 says: Sep 12, 2016 7:26 AM

    I hope the Pegula’s quickly realize Tyrod Taylor is not the answer. I don’t see him being the “pocket passer” opposing teams will force on him. It’s a weakness coaches brought up last season in their analysis, not a quick decision maker in the pocket.

    Time to get serious on a high draft pick QB next year, enough of these 7-9 or 8-8 seasons.

  12. jeffreyshulenburg says: Sep 12, 2016 9:25 AM

    I actually take exception to the idea that the Ravens game plan succeeded. Taylor had room to run all day if he wanted to, but he chose to be a pocket QB. What it looked like was a complete failure of Greg Romans game plan. His calls were stale and predictable and it feels like he told Taylor not to run.

  13. suggzz says: Sep 12, 2016 11:11 AM

    It appears the Bills went into the game using the opposite plan for Flacco (make him run and get out of the pocket). Seems both D’s were effective enough but it is only one game. One team got lucky, the other didn’t. One big play to Wallace is all we got… Thankfully, the Ravens worked out that contract with Tucker.

    I do question if it was really Baltimore that made Taylor play like a pocket passer or if it was honestly what the Bills wanted to do from the start. Seems arguments could be made for either point of view.

  14. followme2boston says: Sep 12, 2016 12:39 PM

    Announcers kept saying that Taylor’s passes were coming out late and it led to almost no run after the catch for the Bills receivers. They were instantly tackled for almost no yardage after the catch. That was difficult to watch offensively.

  15. guitarkevin says: Sep 12, 2016 2:13 PM


    You just jinxed the Jets

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