Ravens confident they can improve season after bye
The Ravens are doing plenty of self-scouting this week, examining their offense and looking for ways to improve. Here are three ways the Ravens my look to spice up their attack once they return from the bye.
1. More wide receiver screens, or reverses, for Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones.
The Ravens need to get the ball in Smith’s hands more often. It may take more creativity. Call a reverse or two. Get the ball in his hands quickly with wide receivers screens, and with is speed, maybe he can pop a big play if he gets a downfield block. Ditto for Jones. Make it harder for defense to keep Jones out of the offense.
2. More up-tempo play calling
No huddle, sugar huddle, whatever it takes to give the Ravens’ offense a faster tempo would be beneficial. Joe Flacco likes the no huddle. The players like a faster tempo, and it makes it harder for defenses to substitute. Flacco’s chemistry with his receivers has improved since Week 1, and with Jones and Deonte Thompson healthy again, they Ravens have more depth at wide receiver. Take advantage of that, and pick up the pace.
3. A wildcat package featuring backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor
I would not go crazy with this, particularly late in games. But in the first half, when the Ravens have had trouble jumpstarting their offense anyway, why not use Taylor’s ability to create a new look for the Ravens’ offense? Don’t view it as taking snaps away from Flacco. View it as taking snaps away from an anemic running game.