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Ravens' Super Bowl window forced open at the end of 2012


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#1 baltravens

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:33 PM

Our mediocre OC was replaced by Jim Caldwell who has seamlessly adapted gameplans to suit the defenses that we were faced with. He has also made phenomenal 2nd-half adjustments in the playoffs. Flacco has produced with improved numbers; he now has a high-to-low touchdown-to-interception ratio. He can continually push the ball down the field when he has to. It shows to me an improvement in confidence level that I believe is directly related to Caldwell's approach. Overall, our OL has kept Joe upright and has never look better in 2012 than it has now.

In our secondary Graham has stepped up, and Brown has not looked bad for a second-year player. Williams has almost looked like an all-pro. (Forgive me, he may have been selected to the Pro Bowl.) Safeties Reed and Pollard have let up no real long plays, keeping everything in front of them.

Ray has come back, and he and Suggs are emphatically doing their part as the defense has looked the best it has all year, too, peaking at the right time in leading us to a Super Bowl. The part that amazes me is that we are still lacking a formidable pass rush, but our secondary has not been exploited because of this.

I was astounded because I did not think Flacco would do what he has this year, but do you see what a good OC does?

Flock members, do you see any bigger reason for us making the Super Bowl other than our strong offensive production which is due to Caldwell's influence?
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#2 callahan09

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:53 PM

Caldwell's half-time adjustments are the difference maker here.

Cam always failed to make effective adjustments at half-time and sent his offense out there to get hit harder by the defense than they did in the first half.

Caldwell is the opposite. He adjusts effectively at the half, and our offense goes out there and gets the better of the defense after half time.

Look at these stat comparison for Flacco this season, split between first half & second half under Cam & Caldwell:


Under Cam
1st Half: 150/235, 1648 Yards, 11 TD, 6 INT --> 89.5 QB Rating
2nd Half: 111/200, 1489 Yards, 7 TD, 3 INT --> 84.8 QB Rating

Under Caldwell
1st Half: 47/84, 678 Yards, 4 TD, 1 INT --> 93.3 QB Rating
2nd Half: 50/86, 730 Yards, 8 TD, 0 INT --> 116.9 QB Rating

Half-Time Adjustments
Cam: - 4.7 QB Rating
Caldwell: + 23.6 QB Rating
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#3 Ravenslifer

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:07 PM

Caldwell's half-time adjustments are the difference maker here.

Cam always failed to make effective adjustments at half-time and sent his offense out there to get hit harder by the defense than they did in the first half.

Caldwell is the opposite. He adjusts effectively at the half, and our offense goes out there and gets the better of the defense after half time.

Look at these stat comparison for Flacco this season, split between first half & second half under Cam & Caldwell:


Under Cam
1st Half: 150/235, 1648 Yards, 11 TD, 6 INT --> 89.5 QB Rating
2nd Half: 111/200, 1489 Yards, 7 TD, 3 INT --> 84.8 QB Rating

Under Caldwell
1st Half: 47/84, 678 Yards, 4 TD, 1 INT --> 93.3 QB Rating
2nd Half: 50/86, 730 Yards, 8 TD, 0 INT --> 116.9 QB Rating

Half-Time Adjustments
Cam: - 4.7 QB Rating
Caldwell: + 23.6 QB Rating


That disparity makes me more mad at Cam, something I didn't think was possible.
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#4 BMORE_96

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:53 PM

WOW, there is a lot to be said for the team's now wide open super bowl window

The offensive line switch with Big Mac at left tackle.

The switch to Caldwell as coordinator.

The return of suggs and emergence of kruger and ellerbeast.

Cornerback depth.

D-line vastly improving(seriously they are getting off blocks much better now).

Flacco hitting recievers when they are covered.

Receivers gaining seperation off press coverage.

The return of mufasa(ray lewis)
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#5 baltravens

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:07 PM

WOW, there is a lot to be said for the team's now wide open super bowl window

The offensive line switch with Big Mac at left tackle.

The switch to Caldwell as coordinator.

The return of suggs and emergence of kruger and ellerbeast.

Cornerback depth.

D-line vastly improving(seriously they are getting off blocks much better now).

Flacco hitting recievers when they are covered.

Receivers gaining seperation off press coverage.

The return of mufasa(ray lewis)

I am working on the assumption that we will have Flacco locked up as our QB for quite a long time with a long-term contract signed in the offseason.
Let's enjoy the Super Bowl though!
With Flacco and Caldwell the window will stay open and not fade fast as long as we continue to address and replenish our OL.

Edited by baltravens, 22 January 2013 - 07:08 PM.

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#6 K-Dog

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:37 PM

this "window" is not shutting any time soon.
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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:39 PM

Point blank - the offensive line. Give Joe time to throw and he will ball out.
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