We're too busy running up the gut for one yard gains to try anything like that. It's Flacco and his $120M's fault
It's that foolish "Ravens Way" of winning and "AFC North is a black and blue division, gotta run to win".
The sooner we shed this notion that we are a great defensive team and offense has to do just enough to keep the defense fresh, the sooner the Ravens will become a better, more complete and dominate team. I thought one of the most telling things about America's Game was when Harbs said they went to the defense in the AFCG and said they were gonna give the ball to Flacco in the 2nd half. That right there says a lot to me. We cater to the defense and as a result the offense suffers.
This offense doesn't move until we finally say forget establishing the run we gotta score. Then boom we are scoring and winning n 3rd downs. Flacco was 7-11 170yds 1TD 6yd scramble on 1st downs in this game. The result was all 17 points and it could have been much more if Doss gets his foot down in bounds and we don't rely on a poor run game n the goalline.
The only reason why this offense has an identity crisis is because nobody seems to want to embrace the fact that we are a passing team that uses the run to balance things out. Even Ray Rice have said that's when most of the success in the run game comes, but for some reason we continue to unsuccessfully try establishing the run and putting you "true engine" of the offense in poor low percentage situations. This offense needs to be focused around Flacco, not Rice and Pierce.