Harbaugh on the run game: 'It can be fixed'
The Ravens’ anemic running attack was the main topic of coach John Harbaugh’s press conference on Monday.
Harbaugh did not go into many specifics. However, with first-year running game coordinator Juan Castillo facing criticism, Harbaugh implied that Castillo had not made dramatic changes to the blocking schemes.
“There aren’t that many things that are different,” Harbaugh said. “We are who we are as far as what we do. But we got to do things better, all of us. That’s really the best answer I can give you. “There are a lot of specifics in that. Those are all things we are looking at. Those are things we are studying very hard. There are plenty of specific things that we need to do differently, or we need to do better. Those are things that we’ll do. We’re not stuck on any particular scheme, or any particular technique, or any particular way of doing something. We want to find the best way to do it.”
The Ravens are averaging 2.7 yards per rushing attempt, second-worst in the NFL, ahead of only the Jaguars (2.6 yards per attempt). Through six games, are the Ravens waiting for a running attack that is never going to show up? Harbaugh does not believe that.
“We’re going to find our way to our run game,” Harbaugh said. “This is a process. We’re fairly early on. We sure like for it to have happened sooner. Thought it would. That doesn’t mean we’re not going to keep going after it.”
Harbaugh did not hint at any lineup changes, and insisted the Ravens were constantly looking for new methods to spark the running attack.
“We’re definitely making changes,” Harbaugh said. “We’re not going to sit and just stand pat with what we’re doing. It may not be visible from the outside looking in. But they’re visible to the people we play against, and they’re definitely visible to us.
“We’ve got too many situations where we don’t have a hat on a hat. When you don’t have a hat on a hat, that’s a problem. That’s just not acceptable. There are reasons for that - that’s what we’re looking at. It’s a little more complicated at this level because of what you see from the other team. They’re always going to give you things that are different, and you’ve got to anticipate it well. Even when you anticipate it well, sometimes you don’t always execute as well you can. We’ve just got to do a better job.”
For the Ravens, an improved running game cannot happen soon enough.