Without a doubt, the Baltimore Ravens’ offense was one the biggest problems during the 2013 season. Losing tight end Dennis Pitta, one of quarterback Joe Flacco’s favorite targets in the early days of training camp could have been a preliminary indication of the struggles the team would have to face on the offensive side of the game.
Flacco has stated that he would like to hold private workouts with his receivers during the offseason in order to avoid the same problems in 2014, according to BaltimoreRavens.com.
“We were just [a little bit] off,” Flacco said about his chemistry with his receivers at the end of last season. “If you’re just [a little bit] off and when you’re [a little bit] off throughout the course of the game over the course of 16 games, you’re not going to be special enough to win football games.”
After former Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell took a head coaching job for the Detroit Lions, the Ravens hired former Houston Texans’ head coach Gary Kubiak to take his place. Kubiak quickly worked with other Ravens’ personnel to develop new schemes and ultimately a new set of plays.
Flacco has now taken it upon himself to become familiar with the new plays and educate the receivers, as well. The offseason workouts are the first step.
With Pitta back in the lineup and Torrey Smith as the number one receiver, Flacco can get a head start with practices and workouts prior to this season’s OTA’s in a couple of months.
“We’ve talked about it and nothing is set in stone right now, but I know that’s something Joe wants to get done,” Pitta said last Wednesday.
If all of the receivers are on board, the team could benefit greatly from this offseason move. Learning the new plays and becoming reacquainted with each other during this period of downtime is what the team needs from the quarterback and receivers.
“[Flacco] wants to be able to meet with us and kind of get on the same page and go over some of the new things that we’re going to be doing,” Pitta told reporters. “I’m sure we’ll get that ironed out in the next few weeks.”