Leach takes Ravens' running game woes personally

Leach takes Ravens' running game woes personally
October 17, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Vonta Leach has long been considered one of the NFL’s best blocking fullbacks. The Ravens are having an awful time running the football. 

Sounds like a situation Leach should take personally. He does.

“You got to take it personally, as a fullback, as a running back group, knowing what my guys are capable of doing,

“I’m very confident. We’ve just got some struggles right now. It’s a work in progress. But in order for us to go where we want to go, and get where we want to get, we’ve got to get it going.”

Leach was re-signed by the Ravens in July after being released in June, largely because he was considered vital as a lead blocker for Ray Rice. However, Leach’s presence has not sparked the running attack. The Ravens are averaging a paltry 2.7 yards per carry, second worst in the NFL ahead of only the Jaguars (2.6 yards per carry).

The Ravens will be asked about their running game until it improves. Here was Leach’s take.

“It’s not just one person,” Leach said. “It’s not just one thing. It’s a missed assignment here and there, a missed block. I start with myself. I’ve got to play better to give the running backs better holes. The running backs got to run better. The line got to block better. It’s everybody.’’

There has been speculation that the Ravens are having trouble adjusting to the blocking schemes of new running game coordinator Juan Castillo. Leach said it was more about players performing better, regardless of schemes or play calling.

“I don’t know if we’re going to change what we’re doing, or how we’re doing it,” Leach said. “We’re running plays that have been working since I’ve been here. We’ve got to get them to work again. We haven’t changed as much as people think we have. We just have to get back to the basics.”