The Ravens will be looking to change things on offense this year. They want the offense to be more dangerous, to do more damage and basically take pressure off the defense.
One thing that many around the area including the team on their website have been talking about is how the Ravens were using the no-huddle or hurry-up offense. It showed some good looks in Fridays loss to the Lions, but, as weve said several times before, this is only the pre-season so the team wont show much.
Quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell knows a little about this from his days with the Indianapolis Colts, where former quarterback Peyton Manning often employed it. That offense lets a team control different phases of the game.
If you get up in the line of scrimmage, obviously, you can go as fast as you want to or as slow as you want to, coach John Harbaugh said when talking to the media after Sundays practice at Stevenson. We are going to be huddling at some point in time during the season. Its going to be part of what we do, but we get to the line of scrimmage, you can snap it or not snap it. So its kind of our choice.
The offense is always looking for ways to control the defense. Thats why you use different formations, sets and schemes. Its part of the game. Its part of every game.
But the way Manning and the Colts used it was different than other teams. It seemed kind of similar to what Jim Kelly and friends did with the Buffalo Bills and their high-octane offenses of the early 90s. There was a bit of a different twist since Manning was more interested in managing the clock.
It also seems to be something that could fit the talents of quarterback Joe Flacco.
It allows us to unwind the blitzes a little bit, to uncover their defense a little bit to some extent, Harbaugh said. I think Joes really advanced that way right now as far as determining that, and he gets to the line a lot of the times without a play or with a formation, and a few play options, and he can make the choice based on what he sees.
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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