OWINGS MILLS, Md. – A day after quarterback Lamar Jackson said the defense was calling for the Baltimore Ravens games, offensive coordinator Greg Roman brought it up to the usual chess game that takes place during the games.
“It’s nothing new to go to defense games,” said Roman on Thursday. “You will be right sometimes [and] You will be wrong sometimes. I think we know that. But that’s definitely an element of the game. It always has been and probably always will be. “
The Ravens offensive is in the midst of a significant decline from last season, falling from 2nd in yards per game in 2019 to 23rd in mid-2020. On Wednesday, Jackson told The Rich Iron Show that Baltimore was too predictable on the offensive and said, “They call out our plays, stuff like that. They know what we’re doing.”
When asked for the reigning NFL MVP’s comments, Roman gave a two-minute response that started with Jackson being a great competitor who wants to win every game and game.
“He definitely gives me feedback on when people are calling and so on,” said Roman. “That’s definitely part of what we’re talking about.”
Can Jackson be heard when he hears defender shouting games?
“There are definitely some tracks that have these audibles available and built in,” said Roman. “Some quarterbacks are audible or have the freedom to hear any game. Sometimes it works well for them, sometimes it doesn’t. Some people don’t do it at all. I’d say we’re somewhere in between.”
The ravens’ fights cannot all be traced back to playcalling. Injuries have reached the offensive line, where two starters – left against Ronnie Stanley and right against Tire Phillips – are in the injured reserve. This comes after Pro Bowl right-back Marshal Yanda retired during the off-season. Also, Jackson has been more inaccurate this season (26th percent) and Baltimore’s broad receivers have lost nearly as many eight games this year (nine) as they did all of last season (10).
Even so, the frustration within the Baltimore offensive has increased this season. After the Ravens’ 28:24 defeat by the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 1, broad receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown announced in a tweet that has since been deleted that he is not getting used to the passing game enough. Now Jackson made it public that Baltimore is too deliberate on the offensive.
“We are very aware of our tendencies,” said Roman. “We know there are some now, and that’s where things get interesting. If you’re good at something and can keep pushing this button, you have an opportunity to turn the script around at some point.”