The Baltimore Ravens have been known to have a strong and reliable run game over the past few years, since the organization drafted running back Ray Rice in 2008. Along with Rice the Ravens acquired Bernard Pierce in 2012. Rice and Pierce were key components of the Ravens offense last season, but have yet to make a big impact this season.
In Week 6, Rice had 14 carries for 34 yards, while Pierce only had only 6 carries for 9 yards.
The Ravens have made some moves to help improve the run game, the most notable being the signing of left tackle Eugene Monroe. But Monroe made his debut with the Ravens on Sunday and it did not seem to make much of a difference for the run game.
So what’s next for the Ravens when it comes to running the ball?
The team will have to change their plan of attack.
There is no need to bring in any new players. With Rice and Pierce on the roster, there is enough talent and skill to turn the run game around. But changing the offensive scheme, especially the relationship between the running backs and the offensive line, could help show what the running backs are capable of doing.
Without a strong offensive line, any team’s run game will struggle. The Ravens have solid linemen, but the cohesion on the offensive line could use some work. If the Ravens offensive line can cut back on penalties and work together with more fluidity, the improvements will show on the field from week to week.
Left guard Kelechi Osemele believes that one of the problems is that there isn’t enough trust.
“We’ve got to do a better job of giving our coaches and running backs more confidence in us,” Osemele told reporters on Monday. “They don’t have too much confidence in us right now. We’ve got to start faster. If we start fast, we can open up the run game and change up our run plays and run the ball more.”