The Baltimore Ravens had a phenomenal season, finishing with the best record in the NFL. However, their season came to a stunning end after losing in the Divisional Round against the Tennessee Titans.
The Ravens offense showed plenty of promising talent, as they were ranked first in passing yards per game (345.0) and second in rushing yards per game (185.0).
Fortunately, all of their offensive starters will be under contract heading into next season. Despite their historic season, there are a few areas the Ravens offense must improve on.
The Ravens have lacked talent at the wide receiver position in the last few seasons. In last year’s draft, the Ravens selected wide receiver Marquise Brown in the first round. Brown showed plenty of star potential in his rookie season, finishing with 584 yards. However, Brown struggled with injuries and was not 100 percent healthy most of the year.
The Ravens will obviously need more playmakers on the outside. The Titans exposed the Ravens’ lack of wide receiver talent, as Willie Snead and Seth Roberts dropped numerous passes. Quarterback Lamar Jackson was forced to throw the ball a career-high 59 times.
Throughout the season, Jackson threw mostly to his tight ends Mark Andrews, Hayden Hurst, and Nick Boyle. The Ravens will most likely be seeking to add more receivers onto their roster this offseason.
Although the Ravens offensive line played outstanding last season, it wouldn’t hurt to add more depth. They’ll most likely need to find a replacement for 13 year-veteran Marshal Yanda, who could potentially retire this offseason. The Ravens will also need to find another center to replace Matt Skura, who most likely won’t be ready for the season opener.
In the win against the Los Angeles Rams, Skura suffered a season-ending knee injury and was replaced with rookie Patrick Mekari. Mekari played exceptionally well, however, the Ravens will probably seek to add more depth at the center position.
On a positive note, Ronnie Stanley and Patrick Ricard became Pro Bowlers at age 25 and will most certainly have another dominant season.
Offensive Play Calling
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman had a stellar season, calling a majority of the plays for the Ravens offense. In his first season, he led the Baltimore offense into breaking multiple franchises records.
However, there were a few questionable calls Roman and the coaching staff made during the season. In the Divisional Round, the Ravens made multiple fourth-down attempts that resulted in turnovers on downs. It essentially cost them the game as the top-ranked offense finished off with only 12 points.