Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak believes the screen pass could be an effective weapon in the Ravens’ arsenal. They have two athletic guards in Kelechi Osemele and Marshal Yanda who have the mobility to block downfield. They have a running back in Ray Rice who has been an effective receiver, and Kubiak likes throwing to running backs.
Though it’s a short pass, the screen pass can become a big play if the downfield blocking is good, of if the defense is blitzing or caught off guard.
“I was telling John (Harbaugh) the other night, “You know, I think we’ve got a chance to be a pretty good screen team,”’ Kubiak said. “Our guards are not only big and physical, but they can get out and run. I know he (Osemele) was beat up last year and hurt, but we need to keep him healthy. With he and Marshal in there, in this league, you’ve got to feel pretty good about that group.”
The screen is also a way to keep the opponent’s pass rush honest. Quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked a career-high 48 times in 2013, a number that Kubiak wants to see go down.
“We’ve got to get the ball out a hell of a lot quicker,” Kubiak said. “That’s got to help our guys up front.”