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 vs. Broncos playoff edition

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Offense   1. Stay on Top of the Down and Distance         When the Ravens faced Denver in Week 15, they were absolutely dominated on first down in the first half of the game. Out of eight drives, the Ravens plodded to an average of 2.6 yards. Of those first downs, six were runs and two passes went to fullback Vonta Leach in the flats—not exactly the most aggressive game plan. Suffice it to say, the Ravens’ miserable first down performance was a decisive factor for five...

Battle Plans: Ravens vs. Colts

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Offense 1. Tip Count        In a playoff game full of reunions, one of the biggest chess matches takes place between Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano. Recognizing and exploiting Pagano’s defensive tendencies will be a big factor in whether the offense is able to have an efficient day. While Pagano was a masterful schemer in Baltimore, one of the biggest flaws in his blitz attack was that defenders would sometimes tip their blitz look too early and the opposing quarterback would adjust...

Battle Plans: Ravens vs. Bengals

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Offense    1. All Part of the “Plan”       The strategy for how to handle the starters for this game has been debated at length all week long. One thing is certain: The offense will and should get plenty of work, especially in the first half of the game. The threat of injury should not affect the coaches’ mindset that this unit needs to build off their sterling performance from a week ago. Last week, the offense looked just as they did back when they ran the Bengals off the...

Battle Plans: Giants vs. Ravens

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Offense   1. Fast-Track the Running Game      Against a struggling Giants defense, the Ravens offense has to find a way to open it up. However, that doesn’t mean that they have to pass the ball out of these more open sets and formations. Using Ray Rice out of single back sets and getting him involved in the draw/delay game is a way to puncture the New York rush and keep the offense humming at a fast pace. It might help Rice as well to see a less condensed...

Battle Plans: Broncos vs. Ravens

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Offense   1. Hog the Ball    It’s time to reestablish the no-huddle attack—and win the time of possession battle at the same time. With a new pulse on offense, the time is perfect to use the short passing game and mix of well-timed runs to drain the clock and keep Peyton Manning on the sidelines. Moreover, by staying in the same formation without substituting, the Ravens will have a chance to wear down a defensive front that feeds off its speed and playmaking ability. What’s the biggest key to keeping...

Battle Plans: Ravens @ Redskins

Offense 1. Control the Blitzkrieg The biggest staple of Washington’s defense is their all-out blitz game. The Redskins will show a lot of aggressive looks – at times showing Cover 0 where there is no safety help over the top. In other instances, they will bluff the blitz and have the hovering A gap blitzers fan out to clog the inside passing lanes. For Joe Flacco to be successful, he’ll need an assortment of quick-hitting blitz beaters at his disposal. The ball must be out of his hand quickly and...

Battle Plans: Ravens v. Steelers (Part II)

Offense 1. Motion Mr. Smith Last Sunday, the Ravens continued to beat their heads against a brick wall by chucking the ball to Torrey Smith on deep routes. Just as the Steelers did the week prior, the Chargers used the sidelines to their advantage, and made it extremely difficult for Joe Flacco to fit the ball in tight windows. Once Smith started moving around and ran more underneath routes, he became a factor in the passing game. Smith has proven that he is more than a “9” route runner. He...

Battle Plans: Ravens vs. Chargers

Offense 1. Work the Middle There is a good chance San Diego will take a page out of Pittsburgh’s book by compressing their coverage on outside routes. Specifically, if they invert the coverage like Pittsburgh did –keep the corner deep and bring the safety underneath—it’ll be extremely tough for Joe Flacco to find Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones outside the hashes. The Ravens’ answer was to use short dump offs to Ray Rice over the middle. But with Rice, the routes can be limited to small 4 or 5 yard...

Battle Plans: Ravens vs. Steelers

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Offense 1. Crossover Dick LeBeau uses every blitz combination in the book and he definitely saves something extra for obvious passing situations. More often than not, he’ll dial up a few cross dog blitzes where his inside backers will split the A gaps. In anticipating LeBeau’s tendency to use the inside blitz, the Ravens will need to have an assortment of crossers in the pipeline. The Ravens have had success in the past using slants against the Pittsburgh corners and that should be a featured route as well. In addition,...

Battle Plans: Ravens vs. Raiders

Offense 1. A Sprinkle of Rice Won’t Do Last Sunday, the Ravens got Ray Rice going again in the offense, but the overall consistency was still lacking, especially in the second half. Once Cleveland started stacking the box with eight defenders, the running game stalled and there were no adjustments. Instead, the team kept pounding the middle with Rice instead of working the ball off tackle or varying their rush alignments. Against an Oakland rush defense that is reeling, it’s not only imperative to get Rice the ball, but to...

Battle Plans: Ravens vs. Browns

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Offense 1. Manufacture Separation   The Baltimore receivers have been struggling against press coverage. Everyone knows it. Even after an impressive performance against Dallas’ formidable corners, the Texans didn’t back off and the receivers came back down to earth. At this point, it will take scheme to break these receivers open against tight coverage. With corner Joe Haden back in the lineup, the Browns will pack some additional bite on the back end. This is a game in which motioning receivers and using bunch route formations should help receivers uncover...

Battle Plans: Baltimore Ravens v. Houston Texans

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Offense 1. Double Wattage    No 3-4 DE has been as dynamic a rusher as Houston’s J.J. Watt. What makes Watt so special is that he has the power to drive through blockers, and electric burst to get around them. Watt is so good that teams are not only devoting a double team inside, but a third blocker—either a back or tight end—to help chip block. The Ravens will need to take the same approach against Watt. They will need to lean on two blockers to keep Watt at bay...

Battle Plans: Cowboys vs. Ravens

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Offense  1. Two tight ends to secure the edges   The Ravens have been getting killed off the edges and relief is certainly not under way in the next two matchups. In Baltimore’s immediate view is the imposing DeMarcus Ware. Arguably the best pass rusher in the game, Ware is someone that moves around quite a bit, and the Baltimore pass protectors need to be aware. Moreover, while Anthony Spencer isn’t nearly as explosive as Ware, he is still a dangerous rusher. This could be a game in which the...

Battle Plans: Ravens vs. Chiefs

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Offense  1. Get ahead in the pitch count In honor of the Baltimore Orioles’ first postseason berth in 15 (long) years, we use a baseball reference for winning the down-and-distance battle. For the Ravens to succeed on Sunday, they need to keep the Kansas City rushers from teeing off in third-and-long situations. Specifically, pass rushers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston form a formidable duo that can bend the edge. The tackle duo of Michael Oher and Kelechi Osmele struggled against Cleveland’s duo of Juqua Parker and Jabaal Sheard. If the...

Battle Plans: Ravens v. Browns

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Offense  1. Five yards and a cloud of dust For the Ravens, it’s all about first down productivity. When they establish a five-yard gain or greater, they are on track with their no-huddle attack. If it’s three yards or less, the down-and-distance battle becomes a struggle, and they lose offensive rhythm. Against New England, the Ravens were able to consistently gain four or five yards on first down, giving them incredible flexibility to stay unpredictable with their attack. First down offense will remain critical against Cleveland, as the Ravens must...

Battle Plans: Patriots vs. Ravens

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Offense 1. Wear out the Big Boys One of New England’s primary weaknesses has turned into a major strength: run defense. The Patriots’ revamped front seven is big, physical, and gap savvy. Led by the ferocious Vince Wilfork, the Patriots boast a big front that has built on its solid performance in the AFCC against Ray Rice a year ago. However, it remains to be seen if this group can keep up with the fast-paced attack that the Ravens could present on Sunday night. This is a perfect opportunity for...

Battle Plans: Ravens at Eagles

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Offense 1. The Counter Punch Against a befuddled Cincinnati defense, the Ravens used a dizzying combination of first down pass/run plays to keep the Bengals tame. First down pass plays involved a steady diet of run-action, while the run consisted of well-timed traps and draws. The run-action consisted of a biting play-fake from Flacco, and hard pulling action from the offensive line. The Ravens faked the off-tackle slant run and had the Bengals—so worried about Rice—baited too far upfield. While run-action opened up the passing game for the Ravens against...

Battle Plans: Bengals at Ravens

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Offense 1. The Need for Speed The suspense is killing Ravens fans and observers. Will the Ravens unveil a fast-break style offense on Monday Night Football? Or will offensive coordinator Cam Cameron fall back into his proverbial first down handoff relapse with Ray Rice? The answer should be the no huddle, but with Cameron, it’s always a tricky question. For months, the Ravens have prepped to install an offense tailored around No.1 gunslinger Joe Flacco – and the Bengals are the perfect test. Cincinnati comes into this game limping in...

Upshaw adds to Ravens’ pass rush wave

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With the selection of Courtney Upshaw, the Ravens went from a dry well of edge rushers at the SAM position to a potential overflow. Upshaw adds to a group that already features Paul Kruger, Albert McClellan and Michael McaAdoo. In fact, the addition of Upshaw could give the team enough flexibility to continue featuring McClellan at ILB. Getting back to Upshaw, the Ravens accomplished a few things with his selection. One, they were able to largely offset the loss of Jarret Johnson. The impact of Johnson — who has been...

An ideal reunion

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NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reported that the Ravens made a modest, one-year offer to C/G Jason Brown. If Brown — who has other options to weigh — accepts the offer, it could be an ideal reunion for both sides. Brown is coming off a disappointing stint with St. Louis. With a one-year deal, he would have a chance to redeem himself for a better contact in 2013. Moreover, coming back to Baltimore would be a prime opportunity in a familiar setting. For the Ravens, Browns presents a viable replacement...
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