Big Plays go MIA in Ravens Offense

Big Play Torrey Smith

Where oh where have the big plays disappeared to?

The 2013 Ravens offense has yet to find their identify and at this point in the season I doubt they will. What you see is likely what you get as the team heads into their week 11 match-up against the Bears.

One item that has me scratching my head with this offensive unit is where have all the big plays disappeared to? I am not going to continue to beat the drum about the lack of a running game and a shoddy offensive line as they are certainly contributing factors, but what gives?

This season the Ravens have produced just 33 plays resulting in a gains of 20 or more yards from the line of scrimmage with two of those being run plays. Nineteen of those plays are in the range of 20-29 yards.

While Torrey Smith continues to get his catches and YAC (yards after catch), he leads the team with 15 receptions of 20 yards or more. His longest play from scrimmage this year and the team’s, came in week four against the Bills which went for 74 yards.

After being cut by the Ravens, Tandon Doss has found new life when the team re-signed him and remains one of Flacco’s go to guys. Doss ranks second on the team with six receptions of 20-plus yards including a 40 (Miami) and 63 (Green Bay) yard receptions.

Tight end Dallas Clark has been quiet this season however he has outplayed Ed Dickson (another story for another day). Clark has accounted for four receptions of 20 yards or more including a 45-yarder against Green Bay while Dickson has just one catch of 20-yards or more. Yes this team truly misses Dennis Pitta.

A bright spot for the Ravens this season has been the play of undrafted rookie Marlon Brown. While Brown is still building a rapport with Flacco he has shined. Besides leading the Ravens in touchdowns this year Brown is fourth on the team with three receptions of 20 or more yards including a 59 yarder against Green Bay. While I admit three catches of 20 or more yards is not much, I will gladly take that as he remains one of the Ravens legit red-zone threats.

Last year’s “Mile High Miracle” or whatever you choose to call it seems like an eternity ago for Jacoby Jones. While missing a few games with an injury this season Jones has yet to produce the “Big Play”. The speedster has registered just one catch over 20 yards (31 yards) coming in week one against Denver.

With six games remaining this season and some of those against decent secondaries the Ravens have their work cut out for them. The weather on Sunday in Chicago doesn’t look to favor the passing game, however crazy things can happen when the weather gets rough.

Right Denver?

 

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  1. rocky m on said:

    seems pretty obvious that the front office basically misevaluated the talent on hand after losing matt birk and boldin(not to mention for 3 years not realizing that ed dickson isn`t a legit back-up at tight end)….they went all in on restocking the defense(with some dubious results) and made major mistakes evaluating what we had on hand….we now know what viking fans knew(that birk was an excellent center even into the twilight of his career) and boldin wasn`t going to be replaced by a committe of weak talent that was languishing on the roster and/or undrafted free agents….nobody respects anything in our receiver corps after torrey smith and we`re seeing more run blitzes and schemes to take our running game away….that`s what boldin and pitta did…they kept teams honest…made them defend our entire offense…

    there was offensive talent in this year`s draft….but we basically kept drafting defenders instead of restocking the cupboard with some young higher level offensive talent to surround flacco with after mortgaging the house to keep him….a really bad decision given that his confidence was at an alltime high after having his best,most consistent run as qb in the run up to the super bowl……

    this front office had success being a “defense first” minded entity and deserved the praise they received…but the league is changing…the rules are being tilted to favor the offenses…and if we`re going to continue to hang with the denvers/green bays(when they`re healthy)/new orleans and even cincy we`re going to have to show a little more balance when evaluating and replacing personnel….taking jurszyk in the 4th and mellette in the 7th isn`t gonna cut it….

    our front office is going to have to adjust to the changes taking place in the league…you pay 20 mill or so for your qb,give him the tools to succeed…

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