Greg Roman: Nothing new about defenses calling out plays

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Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson said earlier this week that opposing defenses “know what we’re doing” and are calling out plays at the line of scrimmage during games.

Those comments suggest Jackson feels things may be too predictable on offense, but the guy calling the team’s plays downplayed that angle. Greg Roman said that what defenses are saying is “definitely something we talk about” and noted it is easier to hear everything right now than in packed stadiums before saying this is something that’s always “been an element of the game.”

“Calling out plays on a defense is nothing new,” Roman said. “I can talk about Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, every play they’re trying to guess what play you’re going to run based on what they’re seeing. That’s the chess match.”

Roman didn’t deny the offense has tendencies that defenses pick up on, but said you only have tendencies when you’re doing something well on offense. More successful offenses “can keep pressing that button” and then flip the script on an unsuspecting defense. Roman said they are aware of their tendencies and “work hard at changing it up” in order to stay ahead in the chess match.

The offense hasn’t been quite as successful on that front as they were last season, so they either have to do more to get defenses to guess wrong or nail down execution issues to get the bread and butter going as hoped.

12 responses to “Greg Roman: Nothing new about defenses calling out plays

  1. i was wondering why jackson even brought it up. guessing plays and talking on defense is so common you’ll even do it while playing madden

  2. Is it really that difficult to predict? It’s going to be a running play. Can you stop it is the question.

  3. cnuterockne says:
    November 12, 2020 at 2:04 pm
    Is it really that difficult to predict? It’s going to be a running play. Can you stop it is the question.

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    Correct. But, it makes one wonder why anyone would think it is sustainable.

    It wasn’t tor Kaepernick and Greg Roman in SF.

  4. There is no rift in Baltimore. It is a combination of the offense being more predictable, Lamar pressing to make a play when one isn’t there, and it is probably a little unnerving to hear the defense which you couldn’t before. Lamar is 23 years old and still developing. Go look at how the analysts broke down his decision making in the last game, they praised his ability to observe and adapt.

    Or…instead of appreciating football just go on and post bad jokes and Lamar hate

  5. Here’s an idea: Try calling an audible if the defense is correctly calling out your plays.

  6. If there is a rift, it’d be because of Greg Roman not waiting until the playoffs were over to take HC interviews last season. So he’s trying to double down on Lamar the passer and it’s just forcing a square peg into a round hole, not only because of the offensive line injuries, but mainly because they have no receiver threats outside of Mark Andrews, and he’s a tight end.

  7. I think the Ravens staff has done a great job overall tailoring the offense to fit Jacksons skills. its funny that Jacksons the one complaining when hes the reason the offense is predictable and one dimentional. I think both QB and OC are making the most of what they have to work with and unfortunately to do that includes a lot of smoke and mirrors, that teams are figuring out.

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