The Ravens defense got an overhaul last offseason.
The offense can expect to get the same this spring and summer.
The Ravens ranked in or near the bottom five of every prominent offensive category in 2013. They were 29th in overall offense, 25th in points per game, 30th in rushing and 31st in red-zone touchdown efficiency.
Owner Steve Bisciotti called it “striking.”
“I think it’s safe to say that we’re going to look at the offense with the same fine-tooth comb that we looked at the defense last year,” Bisicotti said “So, I think you’re going to see a lot of changes in personnel and how we approach that.”
Last year, the Ravens defense was its weakness.
It was good enough to win the Super Bowl while being, in large part, carried by the hot play of quarterback
That led to the Ravens letting some players go and retooling in other areas. The Ravens had seven new defensive starters. They watched safety Ed Reed leave and linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe got big contract elsewhere.
Then Baltimore went to work, signing players other teams cut, including outside linebacker
The Ravens defense had difficulties getting off the field in the fourth quarter, but improved across the board in average yards and points allowed per game (12th in each category). It finished fourth in the league in three-and-outs.
So where would the Ravens shake up the offense?
The changes will mostly likely occur on the offensive line, tight end and wide receiver.
General Manager Ozzie Newsome said that the Ravens want a bigger interior offensive line. That begins at center, where somewhat undersized
The Ravens also have to sort out what they want at tackle with
Baltimore also has question marks at tight end.
Lastly, there could be a shake-up at wide receiver. The Ravens were banking on
Newsome said the Ravens will bring in a wide receiver or tight end for third-down situations, but didn’t want to reveal exactly what type of player that would be.
The offense could also change in philosophy and scheme. The Ravens tried to have a speed and athletic-based offense this year, but it never came together. They could become more of a big, physical run team that can move the chains more consistently.
Overall, the offense will be expected to make a quick turnaround in 2014.“I’m pretty proud of the defense for being able to retool on the fly, and I’ve got the same amount of confidence with these guys in building the offense,” Bisciotti said.