Running Game Trending Down
I’m sure Ravens fans are going to question offensive coordinator Cam Cameron for going into full panic mode abandoning the run when the team fell behind early in the Seahawks game. It was way too early in the Seahawks game not to get Ray Rice involved. In fact, the Ravens running game has trended downwards, they went into Sunday’s contest ranked 22nd in rushing yards per game. Rice finished with 5 carries for 27 yards rushing in Seattle (that’s madness). But, it’s not just the offense. There’s something else that’s been an issue the last two games and it’s defensive pressure.
Where’s the Blitz?
The defense carried over their conservative approach from last week in Pittsburgh; limited aggressive play calls, minimal blitzing. Sure, the Ravens defense hit hard, they play tough and David Reed’s fumbles didn’t help. But where have the blitzing schemes been?
Sunday the defense allowed quarterback Tavaris Jackson to look like a Pro Bowl quarterback. Jackson came into Sunday’s game with 9 interceptions and had been sacked 21 times (total the team allowed 29 sacks). The Seahawks quarterback had plenty of time in the pocket and the Ravens only hurried him a handful of times in the game. The defense only recorded 1 sack this Sunday and last week in Pittsburgh they recorded 1 sack as well.
Get Back To Wreaking Havoc!
Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano must go back to applying pressure via the blitz, stunts and overloads. We haven’t seen the defense moving around at the line of scrimmage giving different looks as they did earlier in the year. Instead, they are going four man pass rush and zone coverage, a more conservative approach and it’s not working. Pagano has done a great job this year, but the unit needs to get back to “wreaking havoc.”