Poor offensive line play was one of the bigger problems for the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 season. The innovative stat nerds over at Football Outsiders ranked them 32nd in run blocking and mediocre in pass protection for the year.
For a team that relies so much on a power running attack, it meant a disappointing season on offense. Baltimore averaged just 83 yards per game on the ground, near the bottom of the heap in the NFL.
With an eye on turning that around, the Ravens front office made several changes this offseason. They traded for center Jeremy Zuttah and re-signed left tackle Eugene Monroe. Most importantly they hired former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak to be their new offensive coordinator. The changes are already paying off, according to linebacker Elvis Dumervil:
“They look better,” Dumervil said. “I think the system Gary Kubiak implemented is very beneficial for those guys, so I expect big things for them.”
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Kubiak has reportedly brought a clear vision for the unit and everyone has bought in. Right tackle Marshal Yanda had this to say:
“It’s a fresh start. You take it and you run with it. Everybody is working hard and that’s what you need to do at this time. You stick your nose down and just grind and get better as a team.”
If Baltimore is going to have any chance of returning to the playoffs, they’ll need a big improvement from the offensive line. It sounds like they are on the right track.