The X-Factor in the Ravens offense

Ed Dickson v Texans

After the loss to Denver, everyone was asking what was wrong with the Ravens offense and how much of an impact – if any – did firing Cam Cameron have on Joe Flacco & Co.

The only things we learned was to give the offense time and not rush to definitive answers.

The offense against the New York Giants looked as sharp as ever, clicking on all cylinders. In the game, we saw some things that fans have been hoping for, namely quick slants and receivers helping each other get open. We haven’t seen that in a while.

In addition, the offensive line played it’s best game of the season.

So how do the Ravens build on this game?

Well, it remains to be seen.  Getting Ray Rice involved in the offense worked wonders and Torrey Smith continuing to take steps towards becoming one of the NFL’s best WRs both helped.

Probably the best thing the Ravens offense did in that game was keep their defense fresh. Despite the success the Ravens have had earlier in the season, they had lacked an advantage in time of possession.  They finally controlled the clock last week.

Now it’s too soon to rush to judgment to know what lies ahead for Jim Caldwell’s unit. But for now, it looks bright with the packages at the tight end position.

Did Ed Dickson’s return to health revive the offense? Maybe. Maybe not. He had a nice first-down reception nullified by a terrible illegal block call on Smith.

However, when the Ravens are at their best is this offense seems to click well with their two TE’s. Anytime either Dennis Pitta or Dickson leave games due to injury, the offense has sputtered. With both TE’s looking at a 1-year restricted free agent tender next offseason, the Ravens should look at this position to be even more of a staple in their offense than in years past.

I have maintained that the Ravens never put much of an investment in the tight end position at the second or third spot.  They did however draft Dickson and Pitta in the third and fourth rounds, respectively.  Now, the offense should take a page from the New England Patriots and invest more time and money than ever on tight ends.

It’s funny. Early in Joe Flacco’s career, people questioned his ability to read zone defenses. Now, with the emergence of the tight ends on the roster, he picks zone defenses apart.

The X-Factor on the offense looks to be the position of tight end.

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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

2 Raves on “The X-Factor in the Ravens offense

  1. Josh on said:

    Nice article and an interesting perspective. I’ve long-thought that Pitta is the future at TE for us and will be here for a long time. Conversely, I can’t see us sticking with Dickson for much longer. He hasn’t proved himself reliable enough, and I think the #2 TE spot can be continually built through the draft or free agency. We simply don’t use our TEs like New England to justify two long-term contracts.

  2. Wola Odeniran on said:

    Thanks I agree I want the Ravens to upgrade that spot. The third TE spot could be addressed as well. While we don’t use the TE’s like the patriots do, I think we may be trending in that direction. Will the second TE have as much production as Hernandez in New England? Most likely not but a legit threat should be good enough for 500-600 yards a season.

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