Ravens want to emphasize the run game, which seems wise

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The Ravens haven’t been willing to, or good at running the ball lately. The intent seems to be changing this year, and they hope the ability follows.

Via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, Ravens guard Marshal Yanda said the intent of their offense is clear this season.

“The word I think of is ‘commitment,'” Yanda said of the running game. “I think we’re going to be committed to it more this year than we ever have.”

The Ravens have been in the bottom seven of the league in rushing during three of the last four years, and have set franchise records for fewest rushing attempts the last two years.

When the Ravens have been good, they’ve been good at running the ball, which goes along nicely with their defensive mindset. But this year, with Joe Flacco missing most of the preseason with a bad back, that becomes even more important.

Bringing senior offensive assistant Greg Roman in this offseason should add a little more emphasis to the run game, even if they didn’t add playing personnel there. Terrence West will continue to start at running back, and he’ll be expected to carry the load.

And if the Ravens want to break out of a recent skid, getting him in gear behind a new offensive line will be a key.

16 responses to “Ravens want to emphasize the run game, which seems wise

  1. Ravens have no confidence in Flacco. Weddle says they will win with defense and Yanda says we are going to run the ball but Flacco insists he’s ready to go!?

  2. Good ol’ Jump Ball, he threw out his back
    Now the Ravens rely on anemic running attack
    What’s a team to do when there’s no more jump ball
    Going to see tons lots of West and Woodhead this Fall

  3. Hard to run the ball when you’re getting blown out because your D sucks, is old and thin.

    To pretend Dumervil and Orr as losses is no big deal is comical to me.

    Their O Line has also lost numerous key people as well.

  4. objectivefootballfan says:
    September 7, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Ravens need to run the football, Flacco is 32 years old and his play is declining and John Harbaugh is on the hot seat in 2017!
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    How is a coach on the hot seat after he just received an extension last month? Objectivity, nor the words common sense, should be anywhere near your name bud.

  5. humbleminded85 says:
    September 7, 2017 at 1:29 pm
    objectivefootballfan says:
    September 7, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Ravens need to run the football, Flacco is 32 years old and his play is declining and John Harbaugh is on the hot seat in 2017!
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    How is a coach on the hot seat after he just received an extension last month? Objectivity, nor the words common sense, should be anywhere near your name bud.

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    Pride comes before the Fall. Clearly, that was an image move by Bisciotti to settle the fears of the fans.

    He did the same thing with Brian Billick in 2006, and then proceeded to fire him after the 2007 season.

    The extension means nothing. A missed playoffs again would be the 3rd in a row, but Ozzie is as much to blame for this descent as much as Whinebaugh is.

  6. As you point out they were better when they ran successfully. That is true of every team in the league. There is nothing to see here.

  7. The Ravens front office totally ignored the offense in the draft this year. It will bite them in the rear end as soon as we get our first offensive possession on Sunday.

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