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Mike Preston | October 17, 2013
When Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was asked recently about fixing his offense, particularly the running game, he said there wasn't enough time to entertain such a discussion. He was right. There are too many problems and not enough answers. Harbaugh also didn't want to criticize anyone directly, but clearly there are signs to indict new running game coordinator Juan Castillo. It would be unfair to put all the blame on Castillo, one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL, but his finger prints are all over this mess, especially with an offensive line that a year ago won a Super Bowl and has three players in the prime of their careers.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2013
Running back Ray Rice could hardly believe what happened Sunday as another patented failure of the Ravens' running game unfolded. Rice was repeatedly stuffed, unable to reach the Green Bay Packers' end zone despite a first-and-goal at the 4-yard line during the second quarter of the Ravens' 19-17 loss at M&T Bank Stadium. Rice gained two yards and one yard before being tackled for no gain on third down. Then, backup Bernard Pierce was shut down on fourth down for no yards to squander a prime scoring opportunity.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2013
The Ravens' recommitment to the running game during Sunday's 26-23 victory over the Miami Dolphins wasn't reflected in their 3.3 yards-per-carry average, the simplest way to measure rushing efficiency. But other numbers tell the story, starting with the 38 carries for Ravens running backs, a week after they got just nine in a loss to the Buffalo Bills. There were the nine plays, including two in the goal-line package, when the Ravens lined up rookie Rick Wagner as a sixth offensive lineman and 19 other plays when they used two tight ends.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2013
Instead of trying to resurrect their slumbering running game, the Ravens abandoned it Sunday despite the return of starting running back Ray Rice from a strained left hip flexor. The Ravens only ran the football nine times for 24 yards with a 2.7 average per carry during a 23-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. They passed the ball 31 consecutive times at one point during the second half with just two runs after halftime. It marks the fewest carries in a game in franchise history, breaking the previous low of a dozen runs three times previously.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was unharmed despite being the victim of an armed robbery and carjacking last Sunday in Philadelphia. “Bernard's fine,” his agent Martin Magid told The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday. “The police are investigating the incident. Any questions about it should be forwarded to the Philadelphia Police Department. It's not the best situation, but he's good.” Magid said that Pierce, an Ardmore native who played his college football at Temple, was visiting friends in a “nice area” early Sunday evening when the incident occurred.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2013
As he stood in front of hundreds of kids last year at his football clinic at Calvert Hall, Ray Rice made a promise to those in the crowd. “When I make promises, I like to keep them,” the Ravens running back said today. “I made a special promise. We said that we were going to bring a Super Bowl back to Baltimore.” The comment was met with loud cheers by those who attended the second annual Ray Rice Day in Baltimore. “Being involved in the community is just something that, winning the Super Bowl or not, I know I'd be out here doing Ray Rice Day again and I'd be telling the kids the same message every day,” Rice said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
Running back Anthony Allen , a key performer on the Ravens' highly successful special teams units last season, signed his exclusive rights free agent tender, the team announced today. Allen, a 24-year-old who the Ravens drafted out of Georgia Tech in the seventh round of the 2011 draft, has 19 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown in two seasons with the team. He was one of the Ravens' most valuable and unheralded special teams players this past season. Allen was the lead blocker for Pro Bowl kick returner Jacoby Jones , who set a franchise record with three return touchdowns during the regular season.
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January 31, 2013
Few annual events trigger over-the-top saturation media coverage like the Super Bowl, and No. XLVII has once again demonstrated its curious effects. When so much is said, written and broadcast about deer antler spray, you know you have either gone down the rabbit hole, inside the local hunting supply store or possibly into the French Quarter after a particularly bad bender. Our favorite moments of high absurdity, however, have been reserved for the endless explorations of the Harbaugh family and any possible signs of sibling rivalry between brothers John and Jim. We won't linger on the obvious, but it's no surprise that the "Har-Bowl" or any of the other variations on the theme drew attention.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
Each day this week, reporter and blogger Matt Vensel will break down a key matchup from Sunday's Super Bowl. Today, he looks at how the 49ers may try to keep Ravens running back Ray Rice out of the end zone. In Ray Rice, the Ravens have one of the NFL's most versatile playmakers, a running back who is capable of grinding out tough yards between the tackles and producing big plays outside of them. He is a slippery runner inside the red zone. And he is one of few legit runners who can also flex out wide and do damage as a receiver.
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By Monique Jones, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Ravens coach John Harbaugh rattled off plenty of positives about his running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery on Wednesday morning. Then Harbaugh stopped himself to add one more. "… At one time, he was the fastest human being in the world, did you know that? He was, a long time ago. " Montgomery acknowledges he was a pretty fast guy growing up in Greenville, Miss., in the early 1970s. During his high school days, Montgomery and his brother, Cleotha, clocked 9.3 seconds in the 100-yard dash on cinder rocks instead of the smooth, cushioned track surfaces of today.
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