Baltimore Ravens

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Football
League:
National Football League
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Location:
Owings Mills, MD United States
Conference:
American Football Conference
 

Season Outlook Analysis

Offense
Position
Quarterbacks
C+
Flacco has not performed up to par over the last few seasons. Productivity has been trending down and could be time for a new face soon. Ravens drafted electrifying Lamar Jackson which could push Flacco for a starting position in the middle of the season if Flacco is not having success. Jackson has Olympic level speed on the football field and strong arm. Dual threat ability when running RPOs. Needs to work on accuracy.
Running Backs
C
Capable ball carriers but nothing extraordinary. Guys that can take whats there. Not exceptional speed but have strong tackle breaking ability. Hard runners with good balance. Committee rather than bell cow.
Protection & Blocking
A
Productive unit especially in the run game. Big, strong athletic guys that hold their blocks and move guys out of position.
Receiving
B-
A brand new group with average talent. Have not had a consistent track record over their careers. Building chemistry will be a process.
Skills
Speed
C+
Production
C
Big Play Ability
B-
Consistency
C+
Red Zone Success
C+
Skills Analysis Notes
Their most dynamic player is Rookie QB Lamar Jackson which will likely start the year on the bench. Must find different ways to insert him into games to his speed and athleticism. Perhaps he may even take over QB if Flacco continues to struggle. Haven't been a consistent offense in a awhile likely due to the frequently new faces.

Defense
Position
Defensive Line
B+
Rough and tough group. Will consistently put pressure on QBs. Potential to be a top 10 team in sacks.
Linebackers
A-
Foundation of the team. Fierce and ferocious unit. Nasty players. More outside pass rushers. Look to wreak havoc.
Defensive Backs
A-
Active play makers. Strong man-to-man guys. Guys that attack the ball in the air.
Skills
Passing Game Defense
B+
Stopping the Run
B+
Controlling Field Position
A-
Stopping The Big Play
B
Causing Turnovers
B+
Skills Analysis Notes
They like to play nasty football. Have a ferocious mentality. Look to inflict damage to make the offense think twice about things. Guys that have the ability to wreak havoc. Have ball hawks in the secondary. Ability to create many turnovers.

Special Teams and Coaching
Special Teams
Place Kicking
A+
Punting
B+
Kickoff/Punt Returning
B+
Kickoff/Punt Coverage
B+
Overall Unit Analysis
Most consistent kicker in the league.
Coaching
Effectiveness
B-
Preparedness
B
Decision Making
C+
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
A poor start to the season will immediately lead to quarterback controversy. Fans are excited for the future of Lamar Jackson but not sure if the coaching staff feels the same way. Harbaugh is a great leader of men but hasn't been able to produce wins for his team. Potential hot seat.

Overall Team
Overall Team Grade
C+
Analysis
A team that will rely on their defense to win games. Not an overly exciting offense unless they play Lamar Jackson.
Last season, did the team
meet your expectations?
Met My Expections
Expected Wins
8
Expected Losses
8
Expectations/ Outlook
Expect the trend of not making the playoffs to continue for the 5th consecutive season. They simply do not have enough offensive fire power. The defense can only carry them so far. Will begin to see the QB transition at some point this season from Joe Flacco to Lamar Jackson.