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Caldwell should simplify offense

Street Talk Caldwell should simplify offense

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The Ravens offense needs a dose of common sense. Too many times this year, there have been issues among the fans with the way the offense is run. Cam Cameron was to blame for many of those situations rather than Joe Flacco because fans would hope the problems with their franchise quarterback are minimal. Well now the OC is fired. But yet on Sunday against the Denver Broncos, the offense still had the same issues.

So when does common sense play a role? What I mean by that is the offense does not make things easier for themselves.  If anything, Flacco has proven over the years that he relies on rhythm more than any other quarterback in the league.  Short passes in a no huddle offense that they want to run comes with quick passes whether curls, slants, digs, screens – you name it.

But yet you never see that being run here. The odd thing that I have heard about this offense is earlier in the year there was talk of the Ravens wanting an offense that looks like the New England Patriots. Well if anything it looks like the Ravens have tried their best to do the opposite of what the Patriots do.

When you look at the Patriots offense, not one player on their offense is a deep threat. Not Wes Welker, not Brandon Lloyd, not Deion Branch, not Rob Gronkowski or Aaron Hernandez.  The TE’s in their offense are a mismatch problem if anything else.

So when people say you need a deep threat to be explosive on offense that isn’t always the case as the Patriots are number one in the NFL in scoring.

By now, with Ed Dickson being hurt for the Ravens, Anquan Boldin should almost be exclusively used in the slot to help Dennis Pitta along the middle of the field with the occasional nine routes here and there.  Jacoby Jones should be at WR on the outside along with Torrey Smith. Rarely do you see the Ravens compliment their offensive players in this way.

Start the game off with quick passes. Then develop the deep throws as the game goes on. You want to keep the chains moving.  Instead, the Ravens seem to like to start off with deep throws, which, when missed, rob them of any rhythm and force them into third-and-long situations.

Then when they do keep the chains moving, there is the Ray Rice factor. How many carries does Ray Rice have? Well, if they don’t include many carries for Rice, at least use the short throws as a modified run play. It makes the defense tired over time to compliment the run game.

With backup Bernard Pierce unlikely to go for the Ravens this Sunday against the New York Giants, short and quick throws are a must.

Will the Ravens install common sense this week? Who knows? But Cam Cameron is not here anymore. So who is ready to step in line to be called the village idiot if things don’t improve?

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Wola Odeniran

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Born in Silver Spring, Wola Odeniran remains a Maryland resident. He is currently a student at UMUC with a major in graphics communication, the ultimate goal being a career in journalism. Wola is a lifelong Ravens, Orioles and Terps fan…all the way! More from Wola Odeniran
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