A huge number of fans including myself feared that the offense was going to be a disaster even prior to mini-camps, and out of nowhere (literally) Gary Kubiak was hired as the offensive coordinator. No one is trying to proclaim that he is the next Offensive guru like a Bill Walsh but he is a considerable option over the offensive coaches in the past.
So at last, it appears that the Ravens will possibly have something that resembles a professional offensive that can perform on a consistent basis.
The decision making seems to be picking up steam this season also. Pitta was resigned, however in my personal opinion, I think he has demonstrated that he is a 5 million dollar player instead of a 6.5 million dollar player, not a gigantic difference. They did not put the tag on Monroe, good decision and the Blind Side has not returned to the building however there are rumors that he may return which will be a step in the wrong direction.
Just My Thoughts……….
If the Ravens bring the Blind Side back, it would be smart to have him compete for the Guard spot held by Shipley and load his contract with incentives including a clause on a limited number of penalties that can be generated in a game (holding, false start, illegal hands, personal fouls, etc.) A personal coach attached to the Blind Side may help.
Now the Ravens must give Flacco weapons. Take a moment and look at the weapons that Brees, Bradey, and Manning, has had in the past seasons and compare that to the roster of the Ravens. Remember that Tandon Doss, who was featured in the Ravens Offense last season for a time period and was not invited to be on the roster of 31 other NFL Teams when released at the beginning of the season.
From a skill position, it would be interesting to see the Ravens go after two running backs, a blazer and a power back. It appears that B. Pierce is injury prone and if better options are available why not release him? It appears that they are stuck with R.Rice at this point however if they release the punter, and other players they could take the 5 million dollar hit that #27 would be against the cap. For those who would want to argue, check the philopshy of the Seattle Seahawks the past few years. When players under-performed they were released and new players were brought in. That is how the Ravens got a certain DB who was a member of the Washington Football team last year and T.J. a few years ago.
Torrey Smith is a great #2 at this point. Marlon Brown is a solid #2 and great third option at this point. It appears that the Ravens need to find a number #1 and possibly a tight end that is more athletic and blocks better than Pitta with better hands than Dickson. Just a start……………………..