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3 TAKES: Which Area Must the Offense Improve?

For the 2011 season the Ravens offense ranked 19th in passing yards at 213.9 and 10th in rushing at 124.8 yards per game. The unit also ranked 12th in points scored at 23.6.  What will it take for the offense to improve?

The Baltimore Gridiron Report staff gives their take on what areas the Ravens offense must improve upon heading into the 2012 season.

Matt Jergensen:

Consistency in the passing game and an attempt to strike a balance between Ray Rice and Joe Flacco. Flacco’s numbers will always be a step below the “elite” quarterbacks due to Cam Cameron’s philosophies and the need to feed Rice but his competition percentage needs to get back into the 65% range. Granted some of last year’s decline was due to going with younger receivers and Cameron’s love of the deep ball but it needs still needs to improve. This can hopefully lead to a better red-zone conversion rate, an area that Baltimore has struggled in for – years and years.


Gene Winner

Number one improvement is red-zone efficiency and that means the offense must convert touchdowns in the red-zone. In 2011, as described, “the Ravens ranked 17th in the NFL in red-zone efficiency, scoring touchdowns on just 51 percent of their opportunities inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.” Second priority, converting short yardage. Too many times last season the Ravens struggled to gain a few yards on critical third  downs and at the goaline. As much as Ray Rice is an integral part of the offense, part of the game plan should be handing it off to one of the bigger bodied backs (whoever wins the back-up role) to pound it in. 

Jonathan Scruggs:

The offense must improve upon consistency. Last season, the Ravens O showed signs of brilliance and signs of ineptitude at varying points throughout each of their 18 games. If they are going to truly ascend to the upper echelon of greatness, they must find a way to execute their game plan with more consistency. It’s inexcusable for Flacco and company to have such poor statistics given the number of games they tend to win.



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