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Baltimore Ravens Inside Slant 2008-10-28

Baltimore Ravens Inside Slant 2008-10-28
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said "The Suggs Package" -- the team's two-quarterback alignment that stole the attention in Sunday's 29-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders -- will be a "viable part" of the offense for the rest of the season.

"We could see using that package every game," Harbaugh said at his day-after news conference. "People playing against us are going to have to be prepared for it every week. We're just scratching the surface of the things that we have in."

Under the direction of coordinator Cam Cameron, the Ravens put quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Troy Smith on the field at the same time five times, producing a total of 65 yards.

Only once did the Ravens throw out of the package. Smith floated a pass to Flacco for a 43-yard connection.

Asked if it represented more of an injury risk by using Flacco as a receiver, Harbaugh said, "I think it's worth it."

When the Ravens played Miami's "Wildcat" offense -- which splits out Chad Pennington as a receiver -- Harbaugh said they tried to throw the Dolphins quarterback into the Gatorade on the sideline.

"Joe has got to understand that when you line up as a wide receiver, you're fair game," Harbaugh said, "and you're going to have to protect yourself out there and be a football player."

Harbaugh doesn't want to stifle the unpredictability of the offense.

He revealed that the Ravens have practiced with defensive players lining up at receiver.

"Maybe they'll see it or maybe they won't," Harbaugh said. "There's a lot of other things that we're practicing that we're going to show as time goes on. We think we're creative. We think we have a chance to be an exciting offense."

Harbaugh said Cameron is a master at utilizing personnel, both on offense and defense.

"We want to use every guy that's active that we can," Cameron said. "We've told our guys, 'If you're active and there's something you can bring to the table to help us win, we're going to try to do that.'"

Just don't say Cameron has gimmicked up the offense.

"We're not going in trying to gimmick anybody; we're not going trying to trick anybody," he added. "We think anything we do gives us a better opportunity to win. We're not trying to keep anybody happy."

Smith, a former Heisman Trophy winner, was elevated to the No. 2 quarterback before the Oct. 19 game after a severe bout with a tonsil infection. Cameron and Harbaugh said the package created for him had been in the works before linebacker Terrell Suggs declared that Smith ought to be the starting quarterback.

The pass to Flacco that set up a third-quarter field goal was Smith's only pass of the game. But there's more to come.

"Hue Jackson (quarterbacks coach) and Cam Cameron do an incredible job with putting us in situations to make plays," Smith said. "Obviously their countless hours of film study have been beneficial for this team. So we just want to continue to grow up, not take any steps back, and continue to win games."

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 28, 2008

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