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Jackson: Ravens' offensive problems also a league-wide issue


Jackson: Ravens' offensive problems also a league-wide issue

Despite starting a backup quarterback and facing the lowest-rated run defense in the league, the Ravens remained a pass-heavy offense against Miami on Sunday in their 15-13 loss, and former Ravens linebacker Brad Jackson has a theory as to why: In short, NFL offensive coordinators like Baltimore's Marc Trestman feel pressure to put up big numbers.

"It’s the problem with these coordinators," Jackson said on CSN's Ravens Postgame Live. "They are looking for their next job. Let’s call an ace an ace and a spade a spade. The only way to do that … is by having a quarterback to have 300 yards passing, three or four touchdowns."

Schaub did put up some robust numbers in the loss -- going 32-for-46 for 308 yards and a touchdown, but his two interceptions -- one that was returned for a score -- were critical mistakes. 

The Ravens dropped back to throw on 49 of their 75 offensive plays (46 passes and three sacks), compared with 26 runs. That means 65 percent of their snaps on Sunday were called passing plays, slightly above their season average of 63 percent. 


"Fantasy numbers and fantasy points have become so enlarged and a part of life and the culture of football all the way around," Jackson added, "that instead of just doing what’s necessary to be done to win the football game, now they got to be creative and do some unnecessary things. When it’s third-and-1 and third-and-2, just run the football.”

To be fair, the Ravens did run on third-and-short and on fourth-and-inches in one critical juncture early in the game and failed to get the first down, turning the ball over on downs inside the Dolphins 5-yard line.

And the Ravens had more trouble running the ball than might have been expected; they averaged 3.6 yards a carry, with 96 yards on 24 carries. Buck Allen led the way with 63 yards on 17 carries. The Dolphins entered the game ranked last in the league in run defense, allowing more than 138 rushing yards a game. 

But critics such as Jackson, who more than once this season has said Trestman is too quick to abandon the run, have more ammunition after this latest Ravens loss.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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.


“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.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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.