The Baltimore Ravens continue to have issues on offense, and they are currently doing exactly nothing to improve on that side of the ball anytime soon.
When you look at the way Joe Flacco struggled last year with his inconsistencies in terms of accuracy, the running game being a total no-show and the receivers all around failing to get open on a consistent basis, it leads one to the conclusion that the Ravens need a big target in the middle of the field.
We all have seen Flacco long enough to know that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the game, but at the same time he needs a bail out option on a consistent basis. Tight end Dennis Pitta has been that for the Ravens in the middle of the field over the course of the last three seasons, but defenses across the league have done a better job of holding him in check — especially with Anquan Boldin gone.
The current events should lead to the Ravens making a huge effort this offseason to invest in targets over the middle of the field. It is more than likely that the Ravens’ offense won’t go through changes in terms of philosophy this offseason, so if the Ravens are sure in standing pat with what they have in the playbook, it is time for the team to utilize Flacco’s big arm and take advantage of slow linebackers in the near future.
The Ravens have a solid core at wide receiver with Marlon Brown coming into his own and veteran Torrey Smith emerging into one of the best receivers in the game. A tight end is a best friend to any offense. Focusing on extending Pitta shouldn’t allow the Ravens to ignore the fact that depth at the position is a huge need.
Read more from Wola Odeniran here