Will the Ravens run the football next season as often as they did in 2014?
That is a question to ask with Marc Trestman taking over as offensive coordinator, replacing Gary Kubiak. The Ravens had 448 rushing attempts in 2014, the most for them since 2011. And they ran the football well, averaging 4.5 yards per carry and 126.2 yards rushing per game. In the AFC, only the Jets, Texans, and Bengals averaged more yards rushing per game than the Ravens.
Running the football effectively has always been a priority for Ravens coach John Harbaugh. He wants the Ravens to be physical. He wants the offense to be balanced.
That is not going to change with Trestman calling the plays. But it will be interesting to see how the Ravens’ offensive approach evolves. Joe Flacco is coming off a season in which he threw a career-high 27 touchdown passes. The Ravens’ first two draft picks were offensive weapons for Flacco – wide receiver Breshad Perriman and tight end Maxx Williams.
In the two seasons that Trestman was the Bears’ head coach, they didn’t run the ball nearly as often as the Ravens. The Bears ranked 30th in the NFL in rushing attempts 2014, and 24th in 2013.
Trestman was coaching a different team, with different personnel, under different circumstances. Many factors during a game dictate what kind of plays are called, and when.
However, will the Ravens run less or more in 2015? That will be interesting to watch, as the Ravens prepare for another season with another offensive coordinator.
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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