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Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-01

Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-01

--WR Derrick Mason caught half of quarterback Joe Flacco's 16 completions. He is the go-to receiver in the offense.

--TE Todd Heap continues to be a non-factor, finishing with no catches. He has been limited because he has been asked to block to provide more pass protection for rookie QB Joe Flacco. Heap has three catches for 37 yards this season.

--RB Le'Ron McClain remains the Ravens' top option in the second half. He finished with 63 yards on 16 carries, both team highs. McClain leads the Ravens with three touchdowns this season.

--WR Mark Clayton has been a non-factor in the offense since the season opener. He didn't have a catch Monday night against Pittsburgh and has five catches for 35 yards.

--TE Daniel Wilcox has not been used much as a receiver this season, just like the other tight end, Todd Heap. Wilcox has one catch this season, but it was a touchdown.


PASSING OFFENSE: C -- Rookie QB Joe Flacco made a costly fumble, which was returned by the Steelers for a touchdown. That became a turning point in the game. But Flacco regained his composure in the fourth quarter after losing it in the third. He showed nice touch on several passes but missed two potential touchdown passes. Even though he was sacked five times, Flacco has better mobility than most people think. WR Derrick Mason caught half of Flacco's 16 completions.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- The Ravens showed a commitment to the ground game, running 33 times (compared to 31 passes). Willis McGahee got hurt just when he started to heat up. He finished with 42 yards on 13 carries. Backup Le'Ron McClain (63 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries) ran hard, but his straight-ahead style doesn't work against Pittsburgh.

PASS DEFENSE: C -- The front seven put a lot of pressure on QB Ben Roethlisberger, but the Ravens managed just three sacks. They allowed Roethlisberger to escape pressure several times and allowed receivers to run free. CB Chris McAlister had his worst game of the season, missing tackles and losing Hines Ward deep on one play.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- The Ravens held the Steelers to 69 yards on 28 carries, a 2.5-yard average. Pittsburgh had just one run longer than 8 yards. The Ravens were extremely physical up front and took out two running backs, Rashard Mendenhall and Carey Davis.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Sam Koch was a major weapon, hitting several booming punts. The coverage units on kickoffs and punts were OK, but the Ravens played poorly in the return game, especially on kickoffs.

COACHING: D -- This was the first game where coach John Harbaugh hurt the team with conservative play. He didn't review a potential touchdown catch by Mason in the first quarter. He decided to run the ball on third-and-goal from the Pittsburgh 8-yard line, and he didn't try to move the ball when the Ravens had possession with 1:40 left in regulation.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 1, 2008

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