Are you ready for the NFL revolution?
This season the Baltimore Ravens look to bring the NFL with their new offense.
In a major league that emphasized big plays with downfield, the Ravens changed their attack to focus on their speed and run.
This new offense is being built around second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson, one of the league’s most dynamic young players. The Ravens attacked the NFL’s second-most productive run in 2018, and they’re planning to be even more explosive this season.
The strategy certainly eases the tendency for offenses built around traditional Tahitian pocket travelers like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brice. Jackson is excited about the opportunity to head into the regular-season opener against the Dolphins on Sept. 8.
“Coach [John Harbaugh] was forcing me to talk about the new revolution, change [everything] and create this kind of stuff. I thought we were going to play Miami, “Jackson said. “I was pretty pumped. I was thinking we were going to play today. I was like, ‘OK, Coach. I’m All-In!’ The whole team was all over. We all need to join together and go out there and compete and have fun.” ”
The Ravens executed their ball-control offense when the Ravens flew after Joe Flanco took over the starting midseason with a hip injury. Jackson won six of the final seven games and helped end the three-year playoff drought. The Ravens defeated the Browns 26-24 in the regular season finals to earn their first AFC North crown since 2002.
It is suspected that the type of run-centered crime cannot be successful. They are 26-5 to the Chargers in the first round of the AFC Playoffs. The loser points to the closing rate as a blueprint for closing them. But coach John Harbeck argued that the Ravens simply couldn’t do a very good job of adjusting themselves and the game got away with them.
Following this loss, Harbaugh and his coaches spent much of the off-season rebuilding their run-pass option projects. They added more momentum to the 2019 NFL Draft by selecting receivers Marquis Brown (25th overall) and Miles Boykin (93rd overall). General manager Eric DiCosta also returns to Jack Hill with the 5th overall pick as veteran Marg Ingram and second-year player Gus Edwards in the backfield.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman expects the playbook to change and that the new addition will better support Jackson’s strength. Roman changed much of the language used in the hustle so that Jackson was able to call plays more quickly.
Even when the Ravens have made progress, there is certainly plenty of work ahead of them in the regular-season opener.
“Every day is a new challenge,” said Roman. “The way I see it, I think it’s starting to come into the picture for me. The first nine days, we’re throwing a lot at it. During this time, we’re getting the feeling of how we want to risk less and more, different ways of doing something, ‘we Like, we’re good at it, so let’s figure out a few more ways to do it, “within that first week-and-a-half month. Which will start to respect certain things we’re working on.
“Right now, we still have the flexibility to keep all this. Then, once we get through that process, which is a grind – we respect the football gods – then we’ll start narrowing our focus and dialing into specific things. In the end, it will make us more flexible and adaptable. “”
It was up to Jackson to keep everyone guessing how much he improved as a downfield passenger. Even now, his teammates are confident he can take the offense to a higher level.
“Every day, people in LaMa build confidence knowing where they are,” receiver Willie Snead said. “He is throwing a spot, and he believes in us at the same time. The quarterback really needs it, it has faith in its goals and the confidence to put it in a spot and there we go.
“I think that as we continue to grow and maintain our offense, he will continue to get better and better. You can see it. We are not there yet, but we are still there and getting better.”