The pressure is on Greg Roman to create a more balanced attack
Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman spoke to the media on Wednesday night and answered a variety of questions ranging from Lamar Jackson to broader questions about the offense as a whole.
And the consensus seemed to be that some much-needed changes were going to be made to the offense in 2021.
The Ravens have built on their best rushed offense in the league over the past two seasons since Roman joined the team ahead of the 2019 season.
And while the offense has forged a new identity for the franchise, its one-dimensional nature has also been their Achilles heel at times, especially in the playoffs.
This is something that must change in 2021.
Greg Roman has vowed to expand the Ravens’ offense this season.
Roman insisted the offense was limited last season due to the unorthodox nature of the offseason. Baltimore’s complex offense was limited due to the lack of extended training time during the offseason.
As a result, the Ravens were forced to experiment over the course of the season and the passing game never really took the step forward that the team hoped for, despite the added emphasis.
But this season things have to be different.
Roman needs to add new wrinkles to the offense, and it may start with using Lamar Jackson more under center in 2021, as the veteran coach insisted the team do.
Focusing more on foul balls and playing action will hopefully allow Jackson to open up the passing game even more and let opposing defenses guess.
The offensive coaching staff are once again prioritizing the big chunks in the passing game – something they tried to do last offseason.
Installing more game looks in the offensive should help with that, as should a revamped wide receiver body.
The Ravens fought mightily with drops a year ago. Whether it was Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin or whoever it was, journeys were often blocked by unwanted misfires.
The hope is that the addition of players like Rashod Bateman, Sammy Watkins and even Tylan Wallace will go a long way in improving what was one of football’s worst wide receiver bodies a year ago.
But in the end, Roman must do his part as well.
The Ravens need to continue to build on their explosive rush attack while becoming a more competent and nuanced passing team.
Roman has been criticized for his uninspiring course concepts and passive passing play, but with a player like Bateman now in the fold, that doesn’t have to be the case.
Bateman was perhaps the best pure road racer in a superb 2021 wide receiver class and his NFL-ready skills should be a breath of fresh air for a Ravens offense that desperately needs more polished road racers.
The pressure is on for Greg Roman to create a more balanced – and therefore more effective – attack this season.
The success of the organization could depend on it.