BSL: The Ravens Have Used Personnel and Analytics To Create and Sustain Their Incredible Offense
BSL: The Ravens Have Used Personnel and Analytics...
Posted 11 December 2019 - 06:14 AM
One of the first comments you made was how over 2008 to '15, the NFL's base defense became Nickle.
I know we talked a lot here, how the obvious counter to smaller quicker defenses built to address the pass..would be building physical running attacks to bully opponents.
In Harbaugh's first season, the Ravens ran a lot of JUMBO packages which did just that. All these years later, you've got all these defenses built to address the pass happy league (and rules). Certainly creates an opportunity to exploit.
Posted 11 December 2019 - 07:12 AM
Posted 11 December 2019 - 09:59 AM
The Ravens are definitely zigging while the rest of the league zags, which like Zack said, is a very savvy, Belichick-like move. I'm thrilled about the future of this team thanks to the commitment from DeCosta, Harbaugh, and the entire organization to commit to this strategy.
The versatility within personnel groupings is amazing. I really don't think this is something other teams can simply copy either, because there isn't a Lamar Jackson every draft. There may not be a player with his abilities in the next ten drafts.
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Posted 11 December 2019 - 11:07 PM
When I see the offense the Ravens have built around Jackson, I'm reminded of Navy football, which I have enjoyed for years. I'm sure the concept of the option offense did not originate with Navy, but I think they were the most prominent operators of it. The reason I bring that up is I just recalled that in 2016 the Ravens drafted Navy QB Keenan Reynolds. I don't remember if they ever used him at QB even in practice, but I wonder if the Ravens' brain trust was entertaining the notion of moving to that offense even back then? Like Lamar, Keenan was super athletic but never caught on in the NFL, maybe because of the same mindset that was so suspicious of Jackson.
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