During Sunday’s loss against the Cleveland Browns we saw once again that the Baltimore Ravens are failing to move the ball down the field on the ground. Baltimore even implemented the pistol in hopes of jump starting the run-game, but it only totaled five yards after five pistol formations. This is because Joe Flacco, as much as the coaching staff and the “wacko for Flacco” world believe in him”, will not run by design. However, there is a quarterback on the roster who will.
Why run a pistol formation with a pocket QB who runs as slow as a highlight replay? It just doesn’t make sense to me, especially when there is a clear lightning fast QB built specifically for that type of play. I have seen the Ravens in the past come up with the “Suggs” package where former Ravens’ QB Troy Smith would come on the field for a play or two to get the running juices flowing. Why not give Tyrod Taylor that same opportunity? The team website reported in the past John Harbaugh saying that he always wants to put his best players on the field when referring to finding a way to get Courtney Upshaw on the field. That philosophy should apply to both sides of the ball, and Taylor is clearly the best option for the read-option.
Let me be clear; this is in no way a rally for Tyrod Taylor to take over as QB. As much as I enjoy seeing Taylor’s speed, I think Joe is still the better passer. I just feel that if the Pistol is being used, the right QB should be in the formation for that play to make it more believable that the QB could take the ball and bolt.