Burning Questions: What are the AFC South storylines as training camps open?

Thank goodness, football is here. All week, training camps open around the NFL, as teams begin the journey toward Super Bowl XLVIX in Glendale, Arizona. Every team in the league has questions that need to be answered, as no one has a clear and easy road map to the Promised Land. But the difference between being a contender and an also-ran usually comes down to one key issue. So as...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t Overlook The Average Joe

Joe Flacco. This might in fact be the unsexiest name in all of fantasy football, and his ADP of 92.5 (QB21) in 2QB fantasy leagues (hat tip to Salvatore Stefanile for giving the world 2QB ADP data) shows that he isn’t being drafted as anything more than a fringe QB2/backup. But should he be more than that?   Below are Joe Flacco’s season averages from 2009-2012, via Rotoviz’s...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

32 in 32: Baltimore Ravens

32 in 32 - The wait though the off-season of the National Football League can seem like ages to say the least. If the minicamps, OTAs and all other summer activities are not enough to whet your appetite, well, we know exactly how you feel. We can’t wait until August and we don’t think that you should have to either. We are going to be bringing you a preview of what to expect...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

TE Camp: Gary Kubiak’s two-headed tight end monster

Training camp is a time when teams start to come together and help not only each other come together, but the team as well. Some camps might be harder than others, especially when it comes to earning a spot on the roster and keeping a job on an NFL team. Heading into training camp, the tight end position seems to be one of the stronger positions on the offense — if not the strongest...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

RB Camp: Which Baltimore Raven seizes the Week 1 starting job?

One of the most interesting battles of Ravens training camp will be at the running back position. Ray Rice had his worst season as a pro in 2013, and his production was down across the board in the blocking scheme implemented by Juan Castillo.  Now that Gary Kubiak is at the helm, the differences in those offense should become apparent, and Ray Rice is hoping, spark a comeback trail...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Versatile role envisioned for Dennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta was in constant motion throughout the Ravens' offseason practices, making it difficult to get an accurate read on where he would line up from play to play. Signed to a five-year, $32 million contract in March, the tight end is expected to have a versatile role in new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's offensive system. That includes everything from Pitta being...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

If Recent History Repeats the Houston Texans Will Make the Playoffs This Season

It was tough for fans of the Houston Texans to watch their team play last season. To go from being two-time division champs to the worst team in the league was a hard pill to swallow. The only good thing to come out of it (besides getting rid of Gary Kubiak) was the No. 1 pick in the draft--former South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney.Not to mention that if recent history...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Ravens have weighed leaning “heavily” on two-TE sets

Are the Ravens ready to regularly use formations that will get Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels on the field at the same time? According to Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report, Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has pondered the prospect of “relying heavily” on formations using two tight ends because of Daniels’ encouraging offseason after missing most of 2013 with a broken fibula.
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Cary Williams “Iced Up”, Ravens FA blunder, Jacoby the Greatest(?)+more

This marks the end of the first week of the last break.  If that makes sense. Basically, though, when the Ravens reconvene, the pads will be on and the real analysis takes place.  Is Gary Kubiak’s offense going to turn things around?  Who is going to seize the defensive line vacancies?  Who will cover the slot receiver, and who will that receiver be? Lots to be answered. ...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Flacco “always knows the answer” in Kubiak’s offense

When the Ravens gathered to address the media at OTAs, one thing that people kept asking about was, of course, the quarterback. The most important position in the game, the difference between a good and great quarterback can be the difference between an early exit in the postseason and the Lombardi.  Joe Flacco has been good in the regular season, but he has flashed great in the...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Comparing Chip Kelly to Gary Kubiak—what could possibly go wrong?

The most significant news to me coming out of Eagles OTA’s is that DT Bennie Logan has bulked up to 317 pounds (all muscle mass!) and the future of the defensive front looks a whole lot brighter. But today I wanted to take a look at the offensive system Chip Kelly has installed, and try to compare it to what Gary Kubiak had success with at Houston before the wheels came off the...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Anatomy of a Projection: Baltimore Ravens

OC Gary Kubiak pass/run as HC of HOU: 2013: 633/414 2012: 554/508 2011: 467/546 2010: 574/423 2009: 593/425 2008: 555/432 2007: 529/417 2006: 481/431 Total: 4386/3596 (55%/45%) Projecting a 561/459 split for 2014 Schaub: 1.77 attempts/game under Kubiak Flacco: 2.375 attempts/game in career Ray Rice is facing a suspension for off field problems, assume 3 [&hellip (Visited 1 times...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

What makes Kubiak’s new offense for Ravens unique…

The Ravens spent most of Week 2 of OTA’s installing new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system. Joe Flacco seems excited and optimistic about the new system. If you are wondering what makes Kubiak’s offense so unique, yet also wondering how it failed in Houston last year, you are not alone. I went to an Films source, the TV and blog analyst Greg Cosell, to...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans watching Patriots tape and hoping to emulate their offense

Texans head coach Bill O’Brien believes an uptempo offense can help win games in Houston (Credit: USA Today/Troy Taormina) Last December, after a 2-11 start, the Houston Texans fired head coach Gary Kubiak. By January 2nd, the team had hired Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien. From 2007 to 2011, O’Brien was an assistant coach, wide receiver coach, quarterback coach and offensive...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

No more segways for Texans under new coach Bill O'Brien

Bill O'Brien is getting his feet on the ground for his first season as Houston Texans head coach. And he wants his players to start doing the same. Former Texans coach Gary Kubiak didn't mind his players rolling around on segways, but O'Brien won't allow it.   The two-wheeled scooters were a common means of transportation for running back Arian Foster, and he even...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

New Texans coach Bill O'Brien has banned Segways

Photo Credit: BlackSportsOnline Football players, as a general rule, probably are athletic enough to walk from place to place, except maybe punters, but we busted that myth yesterday. However, under the Gary Kubiak administration, the Houston Texans used segways to get around the practice facility. In fact, Arian Foster once bought some for his entire offensive line. Well, I guess...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Predicting the Texans 2014 Wins and Losses Game by Game

A new coach, a new defensive star, a possible new quarterback and a new beginning. Everything is new in Houston.While the transformation began in the 2013 with the firing of Gary Kubiak, the reshaping of this team bins and end with Bill O’Brien, a man with NFL experience in New England before he tried the college ranks and found the pro game more to his liking.Now, as the team...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens could still take tight end early in draft

Baltimore Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said it last week: New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak runs a tight end-friendly offense. Coach John Harbaugh and tight ends Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels have all talked about that as well since Kubiak was hired in January. And while the Ravens have already added Daniels this offseason to go along with Pitta, they would...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Could this be Kubiak’s next breakout 1,000 yard RB?

The Ravens announced today that they came to terms on a one-year deal with former Houston Texan running back, Justin Forsett.  Though not a household name, Forsett has proven capable in his limited opportunities, and although he is 28 years old, his legs haven’t gone through much wear-and-tear, having only accrued 374 career carries. Forsett is a versatile running back who has...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Owen Daniels and the Ravens: A match made in heaven

“We’ve been fortunate at that position,” Kubiak said. “Our scouting department has done a good job of bringing in versatile guys, and (tight ends coach Brian) Pariani has done a really good job working with them. We don’t have the big guy (a blocking specialist) and a receiving guy. They all look kind of the same, which helps us. It keeps the field balanced.” The above...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Ravens Keeping a Close Eye on Texans QB Situation?

Case Keenum According to the the Ravens are keeping all their options open regarding a back up quarterback for the upcoming season. From the Ravens team site,  Harbaugh told reporters yesterday that the team is in discussions with a couple veteran quarterbacks, and that one or some have worked with Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak. The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff...
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April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Gary Kubiak says Ravens need Ray Rice to "get going"

The Baltimore Ravens posted an 8-8 record in 2013, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008.  One of the reasons was the decline of their running game, where they posted a league-worst 3.1 yards per carry. Starting running back Ray Rice neglected to find holes and exploit opposing defenses as he had in previous years.  New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is determined...
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February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Gary Kubiak: “Ravens Need Ray Rice To Succeed’

Gary Kubiak may be the new Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator, but he’s known for years that Ray Rice is the straw that stirs the drink. When Ray Rice is good, the Ravens usually are as well. Kubiak knows that, and told the teams official website that the Ravens have got to get Rice going again. “I think as he goes, we’ll go,” Gary Kubiak told the Ravens’ official...
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February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Gary Kubiak: “Ravens Need Ray Rice To Succeed’

Gary Kubiak may be the new Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator, but he’s known for years that Ray Rice is the straw that stirs the drink. When Ray Rice is good, the Ravens usually are as well. Kubiak knows that, and told the teams official website that the Ravens have got to get Rice going again. “I think as he goes, we’ll go,” Gary Kubiak told the Ravens’ official...
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February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens Gary Kubiak Plans to Lean on Running Game

Baltimore Ravens new Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak was quoted saying that his focus this season will be on the running game. Is that good news or bad news for Fantasy owners hold Ray Rice as their 2014 keepers? The post Ravens Gary Kubiak Plans to Lean on Running Game appeared first on Gridiron Experts. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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