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      After careful consideration, we have decided that we will sunset our message boards after this year's NFL Draft. Since we opened our boards a decade ago, the digital landscape has greatly evolved. While we understand there remains a smaller group of highly-engaged fans who participate in conversation in our forums, a significant amount of the dialogue about our team and our games has migrated away to other social media platforms over the past several years. Our message boards will remain up and running through Friday, May 5th, and will be removed on May 6th. We recognize that this change may upset avid members of our community. However, we look to utilize our time and resources to focus on how we can best connect with our fans across an array of digital/social outlets. If you are not already engaging us and other members of the Ravens Flock on our Facebook page, Instagram account, through Twitter or Snapchat, we invite you to follow us on those channels and continue to participate in our social communities. In addition, the commenting feature on our website articles will remain intact. Members will be able to continue using their boards account to log in and share their thoughts at the bottom of every news story. We’d like to thank all the Flock members and our moderators who have brought thoughtful conversation to this space and made our community great for the last 10 years. Ravens Social Media Hub »


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  1. Every team that plays the Ravens knows we'll eventually drop into the "prevent" or soft zone defense, 2 deep safeties with the corners playing 10+ yards deep and rushing the front 3 or 4 like we did in Dallas. It usually occurs late in the 3rd quarter especially if we have a lead. A good offensive coordinator sees this and sets up the QB to throw for the 8-12 yard completions allowed by our secondary. Most 6-8 yard throws gain 10 or more because the coverage plays so far off. They can go no huddle even because the defense is so predictable and it wears us down faster. If we throw a curve and blitz, the QB just throws it away knowing we'll go right back on the next play. They march down the field 10 yards at a time and score. Dallas did it, Oakland did it, Pittsburgh did it and almost came back (and has done it repeatedly in the past to steal close games) and the 49ers used it to nearly win the SB. It's no secret, it happens almost every game. Until we fix that, good teams will use it to beat us in close games. My question is why do we continue this practice if it doesn't work which it clearly doesn't? If your going to loose anyway, why not stay aggressive and play tighter coverage?