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    Re: Can Billick improve the offense: Why or Why not?



    I think Billick can improve the offense, he certainly has desperation on his side and this is apparently what the players want so they'll be motivated. I think the Fassel firing streamlines the process on gameday and this will help us. There are some huge limitations though, the O-line is suspect at best and McNair has looked pretty bad for the most part. If the Cleveland d-backs knew how to catch, we'd be sitting at 3-3 and even more people would be peeing down their leg. We haven't shown that we can beat anybody downfield and until we do, we'll see 8-9 in the box and lots of blitzing. Also, I understand the frustration of Jamal, Mason and others but airing it in public is not the way to handle it and sets a very bad precedent for this team. These guys screw up too and Billick has never thrown them under the bus in public.




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    Re: Can Billick improve the offense: Why or Why not?

    If you believe the offensive line is the problem and has been for years, then it won't matter who calls the plays.

    An offense that can't run the ball can't move the ball.




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    Re: Can Billick improve the offense: Why or Why not?

    No - unless Billick can get out on the field and protect the quarterback, get open on pass plays, run for 4.0+ yards on 1st down, and throw accurate passes. Scheme, playcalling, whatever - doesn't matter. Offensive woes can be mostly attributed to the lack of execution of the players on the field IMO.
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    Re: Can Billick improve the offense: Why or Why not?

    I think he can help even though we're limited with what we can do because of the line. It's obvious that the players had no respect for Fassel, so the change alone should help.




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    Re: Can Billick improve the offense: Why or Why not?

    Yea, I think it will improve; but I don't know by how much. If Billick can get us 10 places better. from 28 to 18 we will be tough to beat. That isn't even top half in the league and I think it's a reasonable goal.




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    Re: Can Billick improve the offense: Why or Why not?

    I hope that this changes things on offense or we're going to be screwed, and next year we'll have a new head coach. This has to be the final straw.

    Can Billick do it? I really don't know. This has still been his offense, his playbook, his way. His OC's have appeared to have been simply calling his plays. Or have they?

    We'll know in NO. If we start seeing play action all over the place, or GASP, a screen pass or two, then we'll know Billick has a different approach. I'm just not sure yet. Billick is the only thing that hasn't changed, and the results have been the same.




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    Re: Can Billick improve the offense: Why or Why not?

    How about the receivers stop running 6 yard routes when its 3 and 8? Hopefully, they won't face too many third and long situations. I know its naive to think they never will, but if they pound the defense with some 3-4 yard gains on 1st and 2nd, then 3rd down play calls won't be so obvious.
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    Re: Can Billick improve the offense: Why or Why not?

    If it is primarily a lack of talent at key positions (such as OL), then no, Billick cannot improve the offense. Of course, you then need to question is wheter this problem is the fault of the chef or the one buying the groceries? But that is a post for a different day.

    If the talent is present; then it is a matter of the coaching staff doing their homework in terms of gameplanning towards the Ravens strengths and then putting the players in the best position to execute that gameplan. It now appears that that lack of planning or properly configuring the gameplan to the players was at the root of much of the frustration (both spoken publicly and behind closed doors) within the organization.

    I certainly think their are talent issues on some areas of the team, but I also think that I've seen enough to show me that the team can mitigate this risk and move the ball and score points.

    So yes...I think Billick can improve the offense.




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    Re: Can Billick improve the offense: Why or Why not?

    Unlike Marty Chokenheimer, I beleive that Billick is fully capable of " changing his spots" and leading the offense in a positive direction.

    Jamal tends to run well inside domes and will be fresh after the bye against the Saints (although his fumbling is problematic), so we may as well pound him all day... After 2 or 3 quarters of being hammered by our 3-headed ground attack, New Orleans may be ripe for their first dome loss since it reopened...If we keep our turnovers to a minimum, we're golden...

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    Re: Can Billick improve the offense: Why or Why not?

    How about the receivers stop running 6 yard routes when its 3 and 8?
    This is often cited as a criticism of the Ravens offense. And I think it is mis-placed.

    The defense on the field is also aware of the first down marker.

    Most defensive backs outside of Donny Brady are willing (in fact coached) to defend against the routes past the 1st down marker and to allow the underneath (or check-down) routes.

    Many 3-and-long pass completions that result in a first down start with the receiver catching the ball short of the sticks and "making a play". Don't believe me?....the next non-Ravens game make a note to focus in on where the receivers catch 3-and-long pass plays.




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    What I have yet to see in Billick's offense since he got here was a game plan that exploited a weakness on the opposing defense...whether it be the line, LBS or secondary. Every D has a weakness somewhere. Carolina saw ours as Samari Rolle; they went after him all day and it won them the game.

    The other big complaint I have is halftime adjustments...it never happens. Where is the plan B?

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    Re: Can Billick improve the offense: Why or Why not?

    I will wait and see also. There is to much talent on this team and the way you get results in any business is to shake things up.
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    Re: Can Billick improve the offense: Why or Why not?

    This is what I have.

    If you're expecting a new offensive philosophy, I think you're out of luck. This has always been Billick's offense. The difference now is that he's calling the plays. He also doesn't have Robert Smith, Randy Moss, Chris Carter, and Randall Cunningham anymore. That's arguably the best group of pure talent in those positions in the last 10-15 years. There was always a weakness with those guys. How can you cover both Moss and Carter? You can't, throw the bomb. Oh, you think we're going to throw? Pound Smith. The talent on that offense was just silly.

    Halftime adjustments I'm not realy sure that's changing either.

    Really what needs to happen is adjusting a system that fits what we do well. Problem is that right now we have pieces of lots of things and it's hard to get it together. Jamal can run well, but he really needs a fullback to be effective...but we have heap and 3 good WRs and a QB that plays best when he's just doing pitch and catch down the field.

    He's got a really difficult job, for his sake, I wish him luck. I'm not optimistic.




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    Re: Can Billick improve the offense: Why or Why not?

    What scares me is that Brian's stock answer is "I don't know what happened there, I have to look at the film". This pretty much rules out any in-game adjustments unless he has one of those broadband phones.




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    Re: Can Billick improve the offense: Why or Why not?

    I've been watching Point After a lot this season and that seems to be a common thread with all head coaches... the I don't know what happened, I'll have to look at the film stock answer.
    I sure hope I'm wrong and Billick can pull his ass out of the fire but I don't see how he can do it alone and I don't think he has the teams backing.




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