1 TD was a pick-6 by Corey Graham.
I believe the ultra conservative play calling is a Harbaugh thing. Last year at the beginning of the New England game the offense was ultra conservative. It was almost like they had to fail running the ball before Harbaugh would let him open it up. Same thing in the Chargers game this year. Harbaugh said going into Chargers game that he wanted to make it a physical AFC North game. Going into halftime of Broncos game Harbaugh said that they would be able to run in the second half.
The team won but running Rice up the middle nearly cost them the game. It took "The Bomb" to tie the game.
The Ravens had 9 first down plays in the 2nd half. 8 of them were runs averaging 2.1 ypc. Only one of the 8 was for more than 3 yards and that was a 4 yard run by pierce. The one pass play on first down was a 17 yard pickup by Boldin.
One thing they did do nicely was running on 2nd and long. It was unexpected and it worked. Of the 8 times running on first down they rushed 7 times on 2nd down as well. Of those 7 times the offense ended up in 3rd and longer than 5.
It think this is more of reflection of Harbaugh than Cam or Caldwell.
hoping the extra days off help the O and D
I can understand if you get into 3rd and long but you've moved the ball 20 or 30 yards to that point. At that point you've got a little rhythm. But it just seems counterproductive to run twice, convert a 3rd and 5+ with a pass, then run 2 more times, have to convert another 3rd down, and over and over again...
You want to sustain drives, and sometimes you have to do that by picking up a chunk off play-action to loosen up the defense or showing them a shotgun look they're not expecting.
How about now?
No, I didn't like all the 1st down runs (or the passing on that one late drive), but there can be no question that he made great adjustments in the 2nd half and owned the Pats' D (and that Belichick guy).
I'm figuring that if they didn't fire Cam over all those opportunities, I don't see how there's any way that the OC job isn't his.
During halftime I had a feeling all the running on 1st down was to lull the Pats into sleep, then they would start throwing on first down on the second series of the second half. When Joe came out in shotgun, I knew we had 'em right where we wanted
I was bitching up a storm during the first half but that second half was something else. Attacked like I haven't seen the Ravens offense EVER...EVER! attack a defense. Flacco's numbers since he's taken over speak for themselves. If Caldwell wants the job, it's his. Don't even need to explore other options.
Guys, the point of that first half running is the very basis of what makes the Air Coryell work. You pound it and pound it. Play a close, physical game.
Then, as the game goes on, and linemen are too worn out to pass rush effectively, and the safeties are creeping up in hopes of stopping your power runs, you start lobbing it over the top.
Cam never had the patience or intelligence to do this properly. Jim does. And it not only makes Joe into a deadly fucking sniper when the game is on the line, it maximizes the talents of his two workhorse running backs.
I hope all you AC doubters will embrace the system for what it truly is now that we have a coordinator who can wield it competently. It's a physical, intimidating, powerful offense that is also graceful, high octane, and damn near unstoppable.
Exactly. We said that after Denver game too in re to the run game.
Now, is there still anyone who says Caldwell is just close-lol.
Prob is, he won't be here next year. He will probably be head coach some place after these two games, no matter what happens in NO.
No shit, all of them? And how's your math doing now?
So who's the Chicago coach?
At least we keep Caldwell as offensive coord.