“What we did in the game wasn’t a fluke,” wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. said.
The offensive success against the 49ers indicated the Ravens have quickly made the adjustment to new Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system, which is founded on the running game and the quarterback’s ability to spread the ball around the field.
In order for the scheme to work, the offense needs to have many options – and the Ravens like what they have in that department.
“With the weapons we have, I think [opponents] will have to pick their poison,” Smith said. “You can never have too many horses in the stable. When you have that opportunity, it makes it a lot easier on the offensive coordinator.”
The Ravens have put players around Flacco that constitutes arguably the best supporting cast of his career.
All of those playmakers have the potential to put up big numbers, and figuring out how to distribute the workload is a good problem for the Ravens to have.
“This guy may have a lot of catches and a lot of yards [one week], and the other guys may not. And then the next week, a team is going to focus on shutting down that guy and then another guy [steps up],” Smith said. “I think that benefits us.”
The offense was clearly encouraged by its opening performance against the 49ers, but players cautioned against taking too much away from one preseason game. The Ravens have another shot to show progress in the preseason this Saturday when they take on the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
“There is a lot to build on,” Flacco said. “I think we built a good foundation there. I think each week from here on out we have to keep showing that improvement and building off what we did."