Marquise Brown: Ravens have to figure out how to get a balanced attack

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The Ravens led the NFL in rushing yards. They ranked last in passing yards.

The 2006 Falcons with Michael Vick were the last team to have that kind of unbalance.

Baltimore threw 406 passes and gained 2,739 passing yards, while running it 555 times for 3,071 yards.

It got the Ravens to the same place as last season and still in need of a passing game if they are to go further next season.

“Whenever you’re the No. 1 rushing [offense] and the 30-something passing [team], that’s not right,” Brown said Sunday, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “That’s not balanced. We got to find a way to balance our game. Even with our great rushing attack, we’ve got to be able to throw the ball and be able to move the ball through the air.”

The Ravens finished last in passing in 2003 with Kyle Boller as their quarterback. They were 27th last season and 22nd in 2018 in Lamar Jackson‘s rookie season when Joe Flacco started nine games.

Brown had a long conversation with Jackson after Saturday night’s loss to the Bills, a game Jackson left early with a concussion.

“I know this for a fact, this offseason is going to be the best offseason,” Brown said. “We’re going to go to work, and we’re going to come back motivated and ready to go.”

23 responses to “Marquise Brown: Ravens have to figure out how to get a balanced attack

  1. So they didn’t work and come back motivated after last season when they said they would?

  2. Short passes in the plan next year. He has never been able to throw guys open. Barely throws to wide open TEs. Busted play yardage king. Not Harbaughs fault. Just ask him.

  3. Lamar Jackson just had his 24th birthday about ten days ago. He’s still learning the position. Some young QB’s like Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield are getting closer to hitting their comfort level. Lamar Jackson is a winner. He’s able to win while he’s learning. Most QB’s don’t start winning until they’ve mastered the position. We give them time to do that. Give Lamar time to do it, too.

  4. He has been figured out by defensive coordinators. He’s hit his ceiling.

    Let him beat you with running, cause he sure can’t pass worth a darn.

  5. “Lamar Jackson just had his 24th birthday about ten days ago. He’s still learning the position. Some young QB’s like Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield are getting closer to hitting their comfort level. Lamar Jackson is a winner. He’s able to win while he’s learning. Most QB’s don’t start winning until they’ve mastered the position. We give them time to do that. Give Lamar time to do it, too.”

    Better learn soon, because runningbacks get less and less effective with mileage.

  6. Lamar will never be able to take the next step as a passer as long as he’s running (pun intended) Roman’s offense.

  7. Until Lamar can learn to read defenses and consistently make throws from the pocket, you won’t have a balanced attack.

  8. …“I know this for a fact, this offseason is going to be the best offseason,” Brown said. “We’re going to go to work, and we’re going to come back motivated and ready to go.”…
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    Says 31 teams. Every February. Wake me when he wins an important game with his arm and not a busted play with his legs.

  9. The problem is the guy is immature, can’t read a D to save his life, and has a weak arm. Besides that, it’s all good, right Ratbirds fans?

  10. He can’t read the D. Does not adapt pre snap. The question remains, will he work to take the next step? If the brownbirds sign him long term they will be stuck. Would any other team want him?

  11. in WR speak the translates to ” stop running so much and throw methe ball I need my targets…..”

  12. Evey time I watch them, I see him making a few fantastic throws, on par with any other top QB. I don’t know if it’s just what they’re emphasizing in his development, but I don’t see a limitation from a pure physical ability standpoint.

    One thing is for certain: His running won’t get any faster year after year. If I’m Baltimore, I immediately start a full-on mission to drill him from now until opening day of next season on being a pocket passer. He’s got running, and awareness while running, down cold. Focus entirely on making the passing more robust and they’ll be in better shape next year.

  13. Let’s consider the fact that the Ravens lost their starting Left Tackle, 2 Centers and a TE to the IR this year. Pass protection for Lamar this year has been pedestrian, at best. If it weren’t for Lamar and his mobility, the Ravens wouldn’t have even made the playoffs.

  14. Ravens, you are in a total bind here. It’s clear Lamar is not a good passer and doesn’t make the right reads. He’s proven that repeatedly in the playoffs. But trying to turn him into a “pocket passer” will end up with him being out of the league in 2 years. This is exactly what happened with Kapernick. It’s not a knock on Lamar— it’s just a fact: he’s an explosive, dangerous running back. He’s not a thrower and he can’t turn into a traditional pocket passer because he has poor mechanics, doesn’t seem interested in reading defenses and staying in the pocket, and is highly inaccurate. He will lose his confidence, turn over the ball a ton, get frustrated, and then he will lose his job and we’ll forget that for a few seasons he really made some incredible plays.
    It will be Kapernick 2.0.

  15. Lamar does not turn the ball over that much. That INT against the Bills was his first ever INT in the red zone. The kid is 31-8 and led his team to two division titles and 3 consecutive playoff appearances where he is 1-3 (which I think is better than or equal to Rodgers, Peyton and Brees). There franchises who have never had runs like that intheir entire history. The Ravens are in the mix every year and just getting to the playoffs is a grind/accomplishment. Take a look at franchises like the Bills and Browns who are making appearances after decades and experienced playoff wins for the first time in 20+ years. Get Lamar an all-world WR the caliber of Stephon Diggs — plug some holes on the OL (along with the Murphy sack, the bad snaps were one of the big differences in the playoff game)and watch the tremendous impact it will have on his game just like it did for Josh Allen.

  16. Ravens fans running out of excuses for this Mr Regular Season. Give him time, get him good WRs, blah blah blah. He threw a pick 6 after literally, a staring contest w/ Andrews. He is an option QB in the land of young throwing studs like Burrow, Allen, and Herbert.

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