John Harbaugh says Ravens need to add a running back

AP

The running back position has become a lower personnel priority for many NFL teams in recent years, but Ravens coach John Harbaugh says it’s a high priority in Baltimore this offseason.

We need another back,” Harbaugh said, via ESPN. “What type of back that is? I think we’re talking about it. We have a pretty good idea of the type of back we want to add.”

Does that mean the Ravens will use their first-round draft pick, No. 16 overall, on a running back? This year’s draft is expected to be a good one at the position — so good that the top two running backs, LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, will likely be off the board before the Ravens pick. Baltimore could use its first-round pick on another running back, like Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey or Texas’s D’Onta Foreman, or could hope to hit on a late-round running back. (One running back we can safely say the Ravens won’t draft, given their history with Ray Rice, is Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon, a talented runner whose draft status is in question because he was caught on video assaulting a woman.)

But whether it’s the draft or free agency, Harbaugh said he and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg are in agreement that last year’s run offense wasn’t good enough.

“Marty believes in running the football, and I believe in running the football,” Harbaugh said. “We have not run the football well enough or enough, really, for the last two years. That has to change.”

And that means that after Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon shared the running duties last year, the Ravens will make a change this year.

33 responses to “John Harbaugh says Ravens need to add a running back

  1. “We have a pretty good idea of the type of back we want to add.”

    Hopefully it’s not the Ray Rice type of back.

  2. Dixon is a good back and Harbaugh knows that. He also knows he had 3 separate injuries this year and was injured coming out of college. So yes there is a need for another back, especially if they do what they say and run the ball more then 15 times a game next year.

  3. I don’t get it. The Ravens have a perfectly serviceable back in West, and a potential stud in the making with Kenny Dixon. They’ve also got a young, cost-controlled Buck Allen who barely saw the field this past season.

    There are many areas of need on this team. I would not consider RB to be one of the main ones by any stretch. I’d rather they focus on a corner and someone fresh that can actually rush the passer! Dumervil is done and likely to be cut, and Suggs’ best days are clearly behind him.

  4. The notion that they will take a running back with their first pick is complete speculation– I don’t see it.
    The bigger need that’s harder to come by is pass rusher. I will be stunned if they don’t go DE/OLB with their first pick, and grab a RB in the 2nd or 3rd round.

  5. abninf says:
    Jan 9, 2017 1:09 PM

    Everyone is trying to model their offense after the Cowboys.
    ————————————————————-
    Indeed. Prior to the Cowboys, no teams ever tried to run the ball.

  6. Cowboys proved what many in baltimore already knew: You can have a mediocre QB, Meh WRs and an above average RB as long as you have a great OL.
    Baltimore ‘s OL was depleated with Pro bowler Osemile leaving to Oakland.

    Get on it, Ozzie.

  7. LOL!! Whatever. Harbaugh could have Earl Campbell back there and it wouldn’t matter because the man refuses to run and stick with it. Kenneth Dixon was more than capable the 2nd half of the season but he never got consistent churn. He seemed to get better the more he was fed but for some reason they kept marching out Terrance West.

  8. If they use they 1st or 2nd RD pick on a RB, then it’s a wasted selection in my opinion. The most important position they need to fill is DE. Our DEs were consistently unable to get pressure on QBs. This leaves the corners and safeties chasing WR for an extra second or too, making them look inept. I believe Dumervil will be cut and they will have to replace him with first RD talent. Suggs has clearly lost a step as well, so they have to get a top pass rusher via draft or free agency. They will also need a RT if Wagner is gone and certainly have big shoes to fill at WR. Cornerback is another position they will need to lineup opposite to Smith while moving Young to defend slot WR. And just because Harbaugh says we need another RB doesn’t mean they are going to take one in RD 1. He says the same stuff every: we need to get better at every position. Not to mention, we all know that Dixon is good, and going to be the guy going forward. DE, Line, WR, CB are the positions they need moving forward.

  9. It’s funny. I just looked at a mock draft that had Cook available at 27 and Fournette off the board early. Fournette has bust written all over him.

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    Jan 9, 2017 1:19 PM
    just seek out one that beats women, tortures toddlers or murders people

    when a player commits one of those crimes, they will support them
    *****************

    I used to think people would eventually learn facts, but it’s clear that some people never will. Maybe it’s the Trump influence.

  11. C’mon Coach. We don’t need a RB. Don’t enamored with someone else’s team. On offense we need a coordinated effort on our blocking scheme. A run first, run dominate mentality. We need O-linemen with an attitude and physicality who can get push and pass block. We need D-linemen who can continue to stuff the run as well as pass rush. We need DBs who don’t get injured when the wind blows. We need WRs who can separate from DBs and go catch the ball regardless of where Joe puts it. Yeah, I can think of a lot more needs than RB. An Elliot, Peterson, Bell type back comes along every 10 years.

  12. “I don’t get it. The Ravens have a perfectly serviceable back in West, and a potential stud in the making with Kenny Dixon. They’ve also got a young, cost-controlled Buck Allen who barely saw the field this past season.

    There are many areas of need on this team. I would not consider RB to be one of the main ones by any stretch. I’d rather they focus on a corner and someone fresh that can actually rush the passer! Dumervil is done and likely to be cut, and Suggs’ best days are clearly behind him.”

    Everything you said is 100% accurate. How in the world do they know they need a RB, if they didn’t sufficiently use the 3 they had??

  13. tylawspick6 | Jan 9, 2017, 1:19 PM EST
    just seek out one that beats women, tortures toddlers or murders
    people

    when a player commits one of those crimes, they will support them

    Just like the Pat’s supporting dui wr’s…..mental midgets really need to think before hitting submit.

  14. You have 2 good backs .He just refuse to use them.His bad coaching cost the Ravens at least 2 games in that 4gm losing streak .I say we need better QB play they had a running scheme when forsett ran for 1,200yds and you abandon that

  15. Need to fire Marty. Running a short passing game offense is a terrible fit for their personnel. This team needs to get back to the kubiak style of offense…….downhill run game, bootlegs, ash deep balls.

  16. They need flacco to elevate the offense and earn that $$$, or they need to cut bait and spend the money on superstar skill players.

    Nothing more frustrating than paying a qb like hes top 5, when he’s constantly bottom 10.

  17. This is just an early draft smoke screen. No way the Ravens spend a first (or second) round pick on a RB. IMO the Ravens number one priority should be cornerback. I love Jimmy Smith (and if he played against Steelers we probably win) but he is injured too often. Let’s shore up the secondary and maybe the O line. West and Dixon have plenty of talent to succeed in the NFL.

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