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.
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