There were many things that were disappointing about the Baltimore Ravens‘ 2013 season, especially following up a Super Bowl winning campaign in 2012. Most people might have expected Joe Flacco to struggle a little bit with Anquan Boldin being traded and Dennis Pitta being out with a hip injury for three-quarters of the season. The one thing that had to be surprising to Ravens fans was how badly the running game sucked. A solid rushing attack is something that has symbolized the Ravens for years — not in 2013, though.
There is plenty of hope for the rushing attack to get back to its once great prominence in 2014. New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has quite the track record for having highly ranked rushing attacks. In his time as OC for the Denver Broncos, the Denver offense ranked in the top ten in ten out of eleven seasons with Kubiak as OC. As head coach of the Houston Texans, that offense has been in the top ten four out of the past six seasons. With Kubiak everything starts with the rushing attack. Sure he had great running backs to work with like Terrell Davis and Arian Foster, but guess what kiddies? Ray Rice is no slouch.
Sure Rice had a rough 2013 season, but that could be contributed to a nagging hip injury and bad offensive line play. But in 2014 one would assume Rice would be more healthy and the Ravens would make the proper changes to the line in the offseason. Rice still has plenty left in the tank, and he should prove next season that 2013 was no more than a nasty aberration.
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