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Mike Preston | January 30, 2012
Now that Cam Cameron has been appointed offensive coordinator by Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and head coach John Harbaugh again, hopefully they demanded he tweak the passing game. It needs more flavors than just vanilla. There needs to be more creativity and more variety. If he adds a few wrinkles the Ravens could be more explosive next season and make it to the Super Bowl providing receivers catch the ball. For the past four seasons, Cameron has suffered a lot of criticism from just about everybody in town, and a lot of it justified because he was determined to turn the Ravens into the Green Bay Packers or the New England Patriots, minus an Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady.
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Mike Preston | October 6, 2014
When the Ravens started talking about building a strong running game in August, there were images of the 1960 Green Bay Packers and the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s. New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak had built strong running games while in Denver and Houston, so expectations were high in Baltimore. Then came the 62 pass attempts by the Ravens in a season-opening loss to Cincinnati. There went the running game. But then the Ravens rushed for 157, 160 and 127 yards in the next three games, and the tough running approach was back.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Staff Writer | September 22, 1992
ASHBURN, Va. -- All Joe Gibbs needed Sunday was a soda and a hot dog and he would have been just like any other short-tempered fan in the stands.The Washington Redskins coach admitted he was getting as frustrated as a fan at the team's inability to throw the ball against the Detroit Lions."
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 1, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - Three times last week, Ohio State defensive backs were left looking at the back of Cincinnati wide receiver Chris Moore's jersey as Moore crossed the goal line at the end of a long touchdown catch-and-run. Ohio State (3-1) is great in the front seven. The Buckeyes have experienced players at linebacker, and their defensive line may be as good as any in the country. The pass defense is Ohio State's "Achilles' heel," said Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer during a teleconference Tuesday.
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By MIKE PRESTON | October 19, 2003
SHHH. QUIET. The P-word ban used in 2000 might be enforced again by Ravens coach Brian Billick. But this time, it's not about playoffs. The P-word is for pass, as in forward pass, which the Ravens haven't discovered in 2003. You mention the P-word around the Ravens' complex these days, and Billick and offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh, of the Brian and Matt Show, get a little antsy. And the frustration is starting to show among the players. After the past two games, offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, running back Jamal Lewis and tight end Todd Heap have publicly criticized the team's lack of a passing game.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Correspondent | December 29, 1990
MIAMI -- In last year's Federal Express Orange Bowl, Colorado suffered a similar fate to that met by Big Eight counterparts Oklahoma and Nebraska in previous years. Buffaloes quarterback Darian Hagan threw only 13 passes. Seven were incomplete. Two were intercepted. Four were completed for 65 yards.And Colorado lost the game, 21-6, to Notre Dame, and its bid for a national championship.So, as the No. 1-ranked Buffaloes (10-1-1) prepared yesterday to meet No. 5 Notre Dame (9-2) in the Orange Bowl on Tuesday, Colorado coach Bill McCartney left little doubt about his game plan.
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By MIKE PRESTON | January 9, 2004
THERE IS A YEARLY excuse why the Ravens' offense is so poor. The receivers can't catch. The quarterbacks are too old. The quarterbacks are too young. There are too many injuries. A conservative approach is the team's profile. Enough is enough. In five seasons under coach Brian Billick and offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh, the Ravens' offense has finished in the bottom half of the NFL four times. The Ravens have never ended the season ranked higher than 14th. With Steve Bisciotti taking control as owner and the team set to make a serious Super Bowl run next season, this is the perfect time to implement some changes.
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By KEN MURRAY | October 11, 2004
THE NFL may be on a record pace for 100-yard rushing games, but the weapon of choice remains the pass. How else could the Houston Texans come back from a 21-point hole to force overtime against the Minnesota Vikings? Or the St. Louis Rams wipe out a 17-point deficit in the second half against the Seattle Seahawks? Or the San Francisco 49ers erase a 16-point deficit against the Arizona Cardinals? Only one way: the passing game. It's the NFL at its titillating best. Dramatic comebacks, fashioned by furious passing, were in vogue in Week 5. Quarterback Tim Rattay had 57 pass attempts - worth 417 yards - as the 49ers overturned the Cardinals, 31-28, in overtime.
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By MIKE PRESTON | August 12, 2004
THERE IS AN excitement among Ravens players about the team's offense that hasn't been there for years. They have motion, shifts, orchestrated routes, play-action passes and clearing patterns. The Ravens are even trying to get mismatches with their receivers and Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap on the inside instead of throwing outside all the time. Wow! A real NFL offense. Ravens fans will see more of a true West Coast offense, rather than the hybrid the team has run for five years. Instead of being vanilla, the Ravens will have more variety.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Staff Writer | November 3, 1992
ASHBURN, Va. -- Reading between the lines, coach Joe Gibbs appeared to send a subtle message to Gary Clark yesterday: no practice, no play.In the wake of the Washington Redskins' 24-7 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night, he singled out the passing game "as the area we're most disappointed in."Gibbs also said one of the things hurting the Redskins is that they have several injured starters who can't practice."We had some guys who missed practice last week, and they didn't play well.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
There was plenty made last season of the relative disappearance of the deep ball from the  Ravens ' offense. What had been one of quarterback  Joe Flacco 's  biggest strengths - his ability to find his receivers down the field with strong and accurate throws   - became a source of great frustration. A year after throwing 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions on passes that traveled 20 yards or more, Flacco threw one touchdown and nine interceptions on such passes last season, according to  Pro Football Focus . His completion percentage dropped on such passes by nearly 15 percent as the numbers made him statistically, one of the least effective deep passers in the  NFL  last season.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
Sometimes the quarterback and wide receiver need only a quick hand signal to relay a change of plans at the line of scrimmage. Other times, it's a shared glance. Or, they just know. C. Milton Wright's Omar and Osiah Walker, Franklin's Jacquez and Jordan Adams and Perry Hall's Jeff and Jerry Iweh have felt that connection all their lives, so it's not surprising to see it on the football field. It's not just about being brothers; it's about being twins. At quarterback, Omar, Jacquez and Jeff have experienced moments when each has thrown the ball without seeing his brother down field only to find Osiah, Jordan or Jerry coming out of nowhere to catch it. It's that "twin thing.
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By Matt Vensel | September 25, 2013
A reoccurring topic on this blog has been the lack of successful deep balls for Joe Flacco and the Ravens. Former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron tailored the offense to Flacco's powerful right arm and Jim Caldwell kept plenty of deep balls on his play card after he replaced Cameron last December. So far this season, though, Flacco hasn't been clicking with his outside receivers, particularly Torrey Smith, as often. Flacco has completed just three of his 17 attempts beyond 20 yards, according to Pro Football Focus.
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Mike Preston | October 22, 2012
As the Ravens' coaching staff huddles during the bye week to determine new strategies, hopefully they will come up with a time to unplug quarterback Joe Flacco and the passing offense. No, this is not to suggest replacing Flacco with backup Tyrod Taylor. It's more about setting parameters on the passing game. Flacco is like any other quarterback in the NFL. He has good days and bad days. But Flacco is no Tom Brady or Drew Brees. Even on some of their worse days, they are still good enough to beat a team.
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Mike Preston | January 30, 2012
Now that Cam Cameron has been appointed offensive coordinator by Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and head coach John Harbaugh again, hopefully they demanded he tweak the passing game. It needs more flavors than just vanilla. There needs to be more creativity and more variety. If he adds a few wrinkles the Ravens could be more explosive next season and make it to the Super Bowl providing receivers catch the ball. For the past four seasons, Cameron has suffered a lot of criticism from just about everybody in town, and a lot of it justified because he was determined to turn the Ravens into the Green Bay Packers or the New England Patriots, minus an Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady.
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By Mike Preston | December 29, 2011
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco tried to get the media to lobby for the coaching staff to open up the offense. Flacco thought the Ravens became too conservative in the second half against Cleveland on Saturday. Earlier in the season, when the media thought the Ravens were too pass happy, the team was criticized. Apparently, the coaching staff got the message. Now, Flacco wants it to work in reverse. "There [have] been games this year where we've come out throwing the ball because we've been down a lot, and you guys have all complained about it," Flacco said.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun Reporter | September 7, 2006
The final piece of the Ravens' offensive puzzle didn't arrive until 94 days before the regular season. In terms of the evolution of their passing game, the wait for Steve McNair really wasn't that long. The Ravens had to go through 13 starting receivers - from Justin Armour to Travis Taylor - before landing Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton last season. They had to go through 10 starting quarterbacks - from Scott Mitchell to Kyle Boller - before trading for McNair in mid-June. Now, after seven painstaking years of building a legitimate passing attack, the hope for the Ravens is that they can finally take flight and go from a disappointing 6-10 season to the rare air of the playoffs.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Staff Writer | November 20, 1992
ASHBURN, Va. -- This has been a roller-coaster season for Art Monk.There was the high of the Monday night game against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 12 when the Washington Redskins veteran wide receiver caught seven passes to break Steve Largent's career reception record of 819 catches.The rest of the season, though, has been mostly a downer. As leader of the Posse, he's been caught up in the malaise of the passing game."This is probably the toughest it's ever been for us as a group and [me]
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2011
In the second quarter of the Ravens' 20-14 win over the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, Joe Flacco and Ray Rice perfectly executed what was perhaps the prettiest scoring play this season for Baltimore. Lined up in the shotgun, Flacco took the snap from center Matt Birk and immediately looked to his right. Rice was running a wheel route, and Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson looked a step slow as he scrambled to get wide to cover him. Browns safety Usama Young was momentarily frozen by wide receiver Lee Evans' post route in the middle of the field, and Flacco didn't hesitate.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2011
In his eighth season in the NFL, Lee Evans says he has grown up. Not in a literal sense. The 5-foot-10, 197-pound Evans is trim and in excellent shape at age 30. No, when the Ravens wide receiver mentioned growing up Wednesday, he was referring to the left ankle injury that shelved him for seven consecutive games this season. The glacial pace at which the ankle responded to rest, treatment and ice tested Evans' patience, but also gave him an opportunity for some self-critique. "You go through some evaluation," he said.
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