10 questions facing the Baltimore Ravens
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#1 Jan 19, 2010
It is patently obvious to any objective observer that the Ravens desperately need better wide receivers. They are unable to stretch the defense with the current roster...only Mason is a threat to catch the ball and he has limited speed. The other receivers are reasonably fast, but can't catch the ball. This fact restricts the Ravens to using Mason as a possession receiver, but he is double-teamed because the other wide receivers are not a threat.
Todd Heap is a good tight end, but also lacks the speed to breakaway from linebacker coverage, thereby restricting his effectivesness to short passes.
The Ravens offense will continue to revolve around the running game until the Ravens can acquire at least one legitimate deep threat
If Ed Reed retires, the Ravens secondary will become even more suspect. The younger members of the secondary did improve as the season wore on, but they cannot replace Reed from within the organization.
Ray Lewis is getting older and is beginning to lose his ability to pursue the run to the outside...it is time for the Ravens to look to replace him.
The other issue the Ravens must address is the lack of composure that leads to so many personal foul penalties.
Whether they like it or not, the NFL is committed to reducing the number of concussions and that means that if a tackler delivers a blow to the head or makes a helmet to helmet hit, the referees are going to throw penalty flags. The Ravens don't seem to understand that. This is a failing at the head coaching level...Harbaugh needs to make it clear that this is not only dangerous, but that it is costing the team 15 yards everytime it happens. That means longer possessions by the opposing team and loss of field position. That, in turn, leads to a tired defense and the likelihood of additional points being scored by the opposing team.
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