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Ravens Pointers: Preseason Running, Blocking, Clock Management


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#1 letitgosometimes

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 06:33 PM

There are many areas for the Ravens to focus on during preseason; I'll talk about three more:

 

1. Run the ball more than pass the ball: NFL teams are plagued by the passing disease and often lose games because of it.  Three things can happen when passing the ball:

    A. receiver catches the ball (good),

    B. receiver drops the ball (bad),

    C. defender intercepts the ball (bad). 

 

Statistically, passing the ball has 66% bad results and 33% good results.  Best solution: run the ball more than pass the ball.  This will force the opponent's defense to guard against the run and hence open up the field for timely passes. 

 

2. Block to attack the defense: Blocking has been a conundrum for the Ravens not because of talent, rather technique.  The offensive-line's (OL) technique of backing-up and zone-blocking has resulted in Joe on the turf and no holes for running the ball.  The OL must "mark" the defenders and attack the defenders versus backpedaling.  The Ravens' new offense will require pulling guards and cross-blocking.  This means the OL must be quick and aggressive in their attack.  The OL will ultimately dictate how well the Ravens do on offense this year.  The best "Defense" on the field is the "Offense".

 

3. Clock management the entire game: Taking notice of the game clock two minutes before each half is not managing the clock.  Every play should be called with the clock in mind.  Do not pass when "running out" the clock.  Use Time Outs to stop play and recalibrate, whether on offense or defense.  Know the rules for calling a Coach's Challenge and understand the ramifications of a "wasted" Time Out and before making a challenge. 

 

 

Next topics: Passing, Kick-offs, Punt returns

 

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 07:52 PM

I will see to it that this gets to Harbaugh and Kubiaks desk on Monday.

I am sure they will appreciate all that you have done for them and the team.


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Posted 27 July 2014 - 08:05 PM

Sorry for the following comment, but this sounds useful to people playing a game of Madden, not to those who are in power. It's not like they're reading this stuff lol.


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Posted 27 July 2014 - 08:19 PM

I think a balanced attack is important. Being able to both run and pass is extremely important. Emphasizing one over the other is foolish unless your personnel dictates it be that way.

Kubiak's offense is predicated on the outside zone. There is no "marking". The whole line is moving horizontally in unison.

Of course clock management is important. Acting like the coaches don't know the ramifications of burning a TO or losing a challenge is laughable.
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Posted 27 July 2014 - 09:11 PM

There are times to pass and times to run, the logic you suggest in how passing is bad however is flawed. You are assuming that a caught ball, a dropped ball, and an interception happen at the same rate on pass attempts. Feel free to look at the stats themselves but that isn't true and you are looking at things way too broadly in this situation.

 

For the second change, zone blocking used correctly is an effective way to block. Look at what the Denver Broncos did in the running game thanks to the zone blocking scheme under Kubiak. 

 

For the third change, this is pretty obvious. If you are up 27-0 in the 4th quarter you are going to run the ball more than pass the ball. And if you are down 27-0 you are going to pass the ball more than run the ball. Granted teams can manage it better by waiting a bit longer to run plays when they are up but there are reasons that doesn't happen either like the fact that it gives the defense a bit more rest and hurts the flow of the offense waiting 40 seconds between plays. When you have the defense reeling, you generally don't want to let up and give them the opportunity to gather themselves unless the game is already in hand in which case take a knee lol. A lot of people criticized the Ravens for being too conservative late in games when they slowed things down which led to the defense getting a stop and the other team coming back. It is a dual edged sword in that regard.


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Posted 27 July 2014 - 10:11 PM

Three things can happen when running the ball:

    A. RB gains yards (good),

    B. RB loses yards or gains none (bad),

    C. RB fumbles the ball (bad). 

 

Statistically, running the ball has 66% bad results and 33% good results. 


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Posted 28 July 2014 - 07:32 AM

letitgosometimes is the screen name of John Harbaugh? Who knew? Thanks for contributing coach.


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Posted 28 July 2014 - 09:04 AM

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 09:12 AM

Once I read "run the ball more than pass the ball" I had to laugh, than I needed to cry a little, after that I made this post and now I am going to leave this topic. Bye.


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Posted 28 July 2014 - 10:20 AM

Score more than the other guys. MOST of the time you then win! I think.
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Posted 28 July 2014 - 10:33 AM

Score more than the other guys. MOST of the time you then win! I think.

Well, judging the offense last year, it wasn't so obvious to them. Glad they got this reminder.


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Posted 28 July 2014 - 12:14 PM

Well, judging the offense last year, it wasn't so obvious to them. Glad they got this reminder.


Yes. Every time we score more than the opposing team this year, I will take credit. I mean, its right there. I just broke down how to win.
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