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.
Former Carolina Panthers' star receiver Steve Smith spoke in front of a crowd of over 400 people at the fifth annual Wake up for Wellness breakfast that was sponsored by Mental Health America of Central Carolinas.
The 16-year veteran and current NFL Network analyst touched on the importance of seeking help for bouts with depression and spoke of battles that he has faced with the disease.
“On the outside you’ll see a tough exterior. But on the inside, I’m just broken or I believe even more broken than the average man. ... Because when the stadium goes dark and the cheers stop, you’re still looking for that pat on the back,” Smith said. “Throughout my whole career, I struggled with that.”
Smith discussed that in the beginning, he was so concerned about the stigma regarding mental health, that he opted for the professional to meet him for housecalls, and as time passed he realized the importance of speaking up.
“I started to realize that I’m not broken,” he said. “I’m not being sent back to the manufacturer ... I get up every morning and figure it out.”
Smith's comments on the issue came to light just a day after the NFL and NFLPA announced new legislation that focuses on mental well being.
The newly formed Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Committee will develop programs for members of the NFL in addition to collaborating with local and national mental health and suicide prevention organizations. Each team will be mandated to retain a Behavioral Health Team Clinician for assistance that will be required to be available to players at the individual team facilities for at least 8-12 hours per week and must conduct mandatory mental health education sessions for players and coaching staff.
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Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including what to watch for at OTAs.
1. As the Ravens try and bolster their pass rush during the offseason, they hope to find much-needed help from outside linebacker, Shane Ray. The Ravens picked up Ray from the Denver Broncos where he had an unproductive last two seasons due to injury, only registering one sack in each of the past two seasons. However, Ray had a phenomenal career at Missouri as a unanimous All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. The Ravens have given Ray a shot at a career reboot and fans are excited to see what he's got.
2. Thursday is the media's first opportunity to get a look at the 2019-20 Ravens. Ravens writer Ryan Mink writes seven things to look out for at OTAs including, attendance from veterans even though OTAs are mandatory, a look at linebacker development with the signings of namely Pernell McPhee and Shane Ray and a first look at the rookie class to name a few.
July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.
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