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October 28, 2008

Ravens: Reading between the goal lines

flaccosmithkenlam.jpgThe beauty of the razzle-dazzle play by Troy Smith and Joe Flacco on Sunday is that it's a gift that keeps on giving. Coach John Harbaugh said on Monday that the "Suggs Package" of plays involving both QBs would be an ongoing part of the Ravens' game plan going forward, but that's not what I'm talking about.

What I mean is that particular play may have more impact on future games than it had on the game against the Raiders, even if Ravens fans never actually see the team run it again.

The Cleveland Browns, for instance, have to factor the whole concept into their defensive game plan, which makes the whole thing more complicated and uncertain. It's just one more thing to take up practice time this week.

Frankly, I'm guessing if Harbaugh was talking it up at all yesterday, he and Cam Cameron have something completely different cooked up for Sunday's game in Cleveland. Hopefully, the "Suggs Package" won't actually include Terrell Suggs this time, but I don't think you can rule anything out at this point.

Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 12:37 PM | | Comments (7)
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Pete, Could it be that Harbaugh will unveil the "Schmuck Package" in Cleveland? The possibilities are mind-bending.

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Pete's reply: I''m not even sure you can put the term "Schmuck Package" in a family newspaper.

"The beauty of the razzle-dazzle play by Troy Smith and Joe Flacco on Sunday is that it's a gift that keeps on giving."

The new wide open offense, is a gift to the fans too. How much more fun is it to watch this team than past ones? How much fun is it just anticipating what we might see next? Viva Harbs and Cam.

Maybe the NFL will be like watching college ball soon. Lets add gimick plays and use two QB's! Only a matter of time that a 'good' team will humiliate you for thinking you could do that stuff. Stick to a QB...figure out an offensive scheme that will work and use it! I know.....they are trying to find that right scheme or package still, but I am not very good at waiting forever. Guess I should be though...huh? After this many years, what's the big deal? Just hope QB's don't get hurt in the process of this 'experimental' phase we are going through. You know?

Peter,
I'm glad that you recognized this strategy. Another columnist at the BS complained that the Ravens should have kept this play for another bigger game.

Actually they ran those plays at the perfect time because it was against a team they could get away with it. Now future opponents have to account for and practice against that package. That takes away from game planning against our standard packages. We won't see that pass play again but our opponents don't know that for sure. What we'll probably see is another wrinkle added to that package.

Why not line up McAllister as a WR on occasion??

Let's work on lining McAlister up at CB first.

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