Ravens hope to connect on more deep passes

Ravens hope to connect on more deep passes
October 24, 2013, 9:30 am
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Ravens confident they can improve season after bye

The deep passing game, so much a part of the Ravens’ offense during their Super Bowl run, has not been as prevalent this season.

Many factors have prevented Joe Flacco from connecting with deep passes more frequently. Jacoby Jones missed four games with a knee injury. Torrey Smith has been bracketed with double-team coverage. The offensive line has not protected Flacco as well. The Ravens’ offense has had trouble sustaining drives. And Flacco has missed on a couple of deep opportunities that he usually capitalizes on, most recently on Sunday against the Steelers. Jones had William Gay beaten for a touchdown, but Flacco’s pass was underthrown, allowing Gay to recover and break up the play.

“It’s just some little things that we have to clean up here and there,” Flacco said Wednesday, before the Ravens left their practice facility for their bye break.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh expects the Ravens’ deep passing game to improve after the bye. With Smith, Jones, and Deonte Thompson, the Ravens are blessed with more speed at wide receiver than most NFL teams. Even the threat of throwing deep can give the Ravens an advantage, because it stretches the defense, allowing more room for receivers to work intermediate routes.

“Making plays down the field in the pass game is something that we did last year, especially when we got really rolling,” said coach John Harbaugh. “It opens everything up for you. We’ve got speed to do it, we’ve got a quarterback who can throw it. It’s something we feel confident that we can do and we need to do.” 

If the Ravens are going to improve offensively in the second half of the season, they need to connect on more deep passes.