The Ravens are hoping for bigger things from their offense this year. They played well at times last season, but theyre looking for more punch and points in 2012.
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron talked about this last week when speaking briefly to the media after one of the first training camp practices, saying hes hoping for good execution in the various areas in 2012.
Cameron said its important to work on the fundamentals, things like blocking and route techniques, as that builds up everything. He then talked about why you need to take care of the ball to eliminate turnovers because its important to keep the ball.
You look at the really good offenses, they dont lose possessions, Cameron said. Take care of the football, maintain, convert on third down, score touchdowns in the red zonethose are the keys for us. I think we made progress in all those areas got in the Top 10 on third down, which is the critical down in this league, improve in the red zone, score more points. Those are the things were trying to do.
The goals look pretty simple, but they are important. The Ravens were good in many of those areas last season. But Cameron and the team just want to keep getting better in each of them.
If the Ravens can improve as much as possible in the areas Cameron talked about, it will go a long way towards helping the team find more success on offense. The fundamentals and the basics help build everything up. Even the most complex offenses start from scratch.
Our ultimate goal still is to be the winningest offense in the league, Cameron said. You could be the No. 1 offense, I guess, and the winningest, right? Weve always had lofty expectations here, and thats not going to change.
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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