About Dev Panchwagh

Dev Panchwagh

Dev Panchwagh is a versatile analyst who breaks down the Xs and Os of the game and has been a columnist/analyst for Ravens24x7.com since the summer of 2004. In his regular season column Battle Plans, Dev highlights the Ravens' keys to success against each upcoming opponent. Dev started modestly as a sports journalist, but his contributions to sports talk radio were noticed, leading to duties as a regular columnist for the Scouts.com network before joining RSR.  It would be very difficult to find his rare combination of youthfulness, knowledge and insight in all facets of football anywhere else.  Fortunately, Dev brings it here each and every week. 

BATTLE PLANS: Ravens v. Panthers

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Offense 1. Patient Assassin The Panthers may not have a star-studded secondary like the Legion of Boom, but they keep the big plays to a minimum. Carolina’s formula is to play a zone shell to compress the passing game. They also rely heavily on their linebackers to help out as “buzz” defenders on patterns that extend past the intermediate area. Linebackers Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly are two of the fastest coverage backers in the game. With that setup, it’s difficult for an offense to make a living series-to-series. The...

FINAL WORD: Dealing With The Loss of Pitta

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The obvious next man up to cover the loss of Dennis Pitta would be Owen Daniels. But, not so fast, as Lee Corso likes to say. Daniels himself has had durability issues going back to last season, when his season ended on a broken leg. The team still needs to monitor his snap count to keep him fresh throughout the year. He can’t necessarily jump back into a situation in which he’s logging 50+ snaps. That means we should see plenty of rookie Crockett Gilmore to either sub Daniels in...

BATTLE PLANS: Ravens vs. Browns (Round 1)

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Offense 1. Control the Edges The rush end rotation of Paul Kruger, Barkevious Mingo, and Jabaal Sheard were dominant against the New Orleans offensive tackles last week. Kruger in particular had his way with right tackle Zach Strief, notching one sack and two QB hits. This group was even more dangerous because the Saints didn’t make much of an attempt to slow them down. They were able to pin their ears back on the rush, as New Orleans opened up their formations and gave little blocking help to the line....

THE FINAL WORD: A Blueprint to Defeat the Champs

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Here are the thoughts weighing on my mind from Week 2.  Led by Phillip Rivers, the San Diego offense was in full control over the defending champions. They controlled the ball for over 42 minutes, frustrated the Seattle secondary with 10 third-down conversions, and made a statement to the league in the sweltering 110-degree heat. The statement is this: Put together a well-devised game plan and stay patient on offense against the Seahawks and you’ve got a chance. Yes, not everyone has Rivers and Antonio Gates (7 catches, 96 yards,...

BATTLE PLANS: Ravens v. Steelers (Round 1)

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Offense 1. Too Fast, Too Furious The Ravens offense came to life when they went into their two-minute offense to catch up with the Bengals. Joe Flacco & Co. all but abandoned their base offense and went to a no-huddle spread attack, lining up often in empty formations in which tight ends Owen Daniels and Dennis Pitta were on the field with three different receivers. They also mixed it up with one-back looks with Justin Forsett on the field. This was when the offense was balanced and at its best....

THE FINAL WORD: Ravens Defense No Longer Feared

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The opening day of the 2014 NFL season got underway with a nice mix of surprises and eye-opening performances alike. Here are my quickest and biggest thoughts from Week 1.  The Ravens defense has gone from an attacking, take-no-prisoners attitude to just being prisoners, period. They have become arrested and confined to playing under the “bend but don’t break” mentality for so long under defensive coordinator Dean Pees that it’s hard to see them breaking out. This is a unit that once ended opponents’ lives like a Mortal Kombat finishing move. Now...

BATTLE PLANS: Ravens v. Bengals, Football Is Back!

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As the fans and players both get ready for the first game of the season and the return of their favorite sport, let’s take a look at what the Ravens can do on both sides of the ball in order to secure a victory against Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals on Opening Day.   Offense 1. Scoring A’s in Pass Pro Last season, the Baltimore offensive line was plagued by the cross blitz attack. Linebackers were able to create havoc through the A gaps and take advantage of then...

Which Raven Is Ranked 3rd Best 3-4 OLB in the NFL?

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Does anyone want to take a guess as to who Pro Football Focus (PFF) has ranked as their third best 3-4 outside linebacker through three preseason games? Anyone? Here’s a hint: The last time he had more than five sacks, he was in his rookie season, and the Ravens went all the way to the AFC Championship. Yup, you guessed it , it’s Pernell McPhee (and he had six sacks that season if you’re keeping score at home). PFF gave McPhee a rating of +5.1. Coincidently, Elvis Dumervil is also...

The Ravens Cut Corners With Safeties

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A lot has been made about the Ravens’ very thin secondary, especially at the cornerback position. With veteran Lardarius Webb dealing with a somewhat mysterious back injury, and cornerback Asa Jackson out with a high ankle sprain, the team is running out of bodies to throw out there. To offset the corner pocket hole, the team is playing around with different combinations in their sub packages to feature their safeties. Instead of using a cornerback to play the traditional slot nickel corner role, the team has been giving rookie safety...

CAMP NOTES: The Final Countdown

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As training camp officially concluded on a largely tepid practice day, several answers emerged that weren’t present at the start of training camp. We now know who is unequivocally manning the starting right tackle position going forward (Ricky Wagner). We know how the new-look, Gary Kubiak offense fits the present offensive personnel. And we have a good idea of which rookies are leaving their mark and what their roles should be going forward. Here is a breakdown of four noteworthy items that consistently stuck out throughout three weeks of training...

CAMP NOTES: Just Give Me The Damn Ball

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The battle for the fifth and sixth receiver spots is still not a done deal. Not by a long shot. Despite all of the momentum that Kamar Aiken has gained (especially following a strong preseason debut), he is still getting a stiff challenge from receivers Jeremy Butler and Deonte Thompson. And then there is rookie Michael Campanaro, who is definitely making the team – but where he stacks up in the pecking order is still a question. Here’s a deeper look at how these four receivers performed: Kamar Aiken: Let’s...

CAMP NOTES: 49ers Offense vs. Ravens Defense

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The last day of practice between the Ravens and the 49ers was a lightly contested affair, as the teams worked out in shells and shorts. In the case of Steve Smith, he opted for sweatpants. Still, there was enough action to gauge the individual matchups between the two teams. Here are some of the biggest impressions from the battles that took place between the Baltimore defense and the San Francisco offense: • Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a cannon for an arm and can fit throws into spots where the defense...

Jackson vs. Brown – Anybody Stepping Up at Corner?

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The battle for the third cornerback job between Asa Jackson and Chykie Brown heated up just as much as the weather late Sunday afternoon. The two combatants shared snaps as the starting cornerback, working outside of the numbers during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. While Jackson has been more consistent and has displayed impressive cover skills, Brown has made a push the last two practices, and had arguably his best practice yesterday (despite being kicked out momentarily by head coach John Harbaugh). Here is how the two players stacked up today:...

CAMP NOTES: Ravens Defensive Stars Flex Muscles

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The pads were back on and the players were ready to tee off. If you were a spectator during Saturday’s practice, your eyes needed to be on the line. That’s where the action was “Rated R” for plenty of violence and profanity. From the first snap, the defense was on a mission to dominate. Perhaps they were inspired by the words of their defensive coordinator, Dean Pees, who said yesterday that they needed to step up during his weekly press conference. Either way, the starters were relentless and wore out...

CAMP NOTES: Safety Patrolling The Ravens

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Safeties, the protectors of the fort, keepers of the gate – the last line of defense that often influences the flow and tempo of a game and the decision making of opposing quarterbacks. For over a decade Ed Reed provided the Ravens with back end insurance. Like a good neighbor, No. 20 was always there. In 2014 the Ravens are counting on a relatively inexperienced group to provide insurance for Dean Pees’ defensive unit. Here’s a close look at the safety corps’ performance on Friday, an up and down day...

CAMP NOTES: Flacco Finding His Groove

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ROOKIE QB WENNING IS STRUGGLING Much was made all offseason of how quarterback Joe Flacco would fare rolling out and throwing on the move in Gary Kubiak’s West Coast Offense (WCO) system. Well today, movement and misdirection were in effect in a big way and the Super Bowl XLVII MVP looked tremendous rolling out to his right side off play-action to fling the ball downfield. Flacco put on a show airing out the long ball, and his favorite targets were Jacoby Jones and Dennis Pitta. Whether he had to place...

CAMP NOTES: Canty Stalls at the Line & Simon Says Hustle

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To echo the famous words of one Forrest Gump: “Watching Chris Canty is like a box of chocolates. You just never know what you’re going to get play-to-play.”  Alright, so maybe the quote didn’t go quite like that. But the point is Canty is maddeningly inconsistent. It’s ironic that former Raven great Michael McCrary was attending today’s session because he could teach Canty a thing or two about playing with a high motor. On the snaps of Canty’s that I charted, I’d say that he was coasting on more than...

CAMP NOTES: Daniels Finding His Groove With Ravens

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TRENDS AND TECHNIQUES The receivers have been doing a better job of getting off the line against press coverage and perhaps the most interesting development is that they are using their feet more than their hands to break free. Using a combination of hesitation moves, the receivers are selling the routes one way, only to change direction sharply to get separation from the opposing defensive back. The receivers’ quick footwork at the line has also victimized Chykie Brown, who continued to struggle in coverage on Wednesday. He simply can’t find...

CAMP RECAP: Brooks Not Yet Ready For Prime Time

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Camp Week 1: What We Know and Don’t Know So Far With nearly a week of training camp practices in the books (capped off by last night’s performance at M&T Bank stadium), some of the pieces are starting to fall into place. It’s still early but here are the biggest points to consider so far: What We Know: • Gary Kubiak’s Motion Offense is Prevalent. Whether it’s the tight ends, receivers or fullback Kyle Juszczyk, the pass targets have been on the move early and often. Motion is a big...

Jackson, Campanaro Stand Out In Sunday’s Practice

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With cornerback Chykie Brown out of action today with a hamstring injury, Asa Jackson got the call. The third-year player looked sharp in outside coverage. His quickness, smooth backpedal, and anticipation were all standout features of his play today. The fact that Jackson held up well when he played outside of the numbers is certainly encouraging, as he has been pegged as more of a slot corner during his time in the NFL, and has struggled at times. On one play in particular, Jackson came off of his deep coverage...