Originally posted on Ravens Football Machine  |  Last updated 10/19/13
The Ravens' offense wants to establish a mindset in Pittsburgh that it can block people and run the ball when it wants to. The running play is something that lately Joe Flacco has had to use as a check-down option when he does his pre-snap read.  Opposing teams have been taking away the designed running play from the Ravens.  There are a number of reasons for this, including an offensive line that is struggling to find its cohesion within the execution of a zone-blocking scheme. The Ravens used to just block straight up man-to-man with occasional double-teaming by the center and guards. Who knows, they may go back to that traditional blocking system in Pittsburgh. Another factor hindering the running game is that Ray Rice has not been 100% healthy. A nagging lower leg injury has taken away about a tenth of Rice's acceleration and burst. In the NFL, that's enough of a decrease in performance to turn Rice into a below-average running back. In defense of Rice, when he does carr...
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