A former Baltimore Ravens coach is expressing frustration after the team called out the offensive line for its inability to block opponents.
Jim Caldwell, the Ravens coach who was fired after the 2016 season, said Wednesday that he would not have allowed the team to call on the offensive linemen to block.
“If you can’t do it, we’re going to have to find a different way to block you, Jim,” Caldwell said on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
“I said, ‘No, no, no.
If we’re not blocking you, you’re not going to block us, and if you’re blocking us, we’ll go back and block you.
You’re not supposed to block, you can play.
It’s just what it is.'”
Caldwell was speaking Wednesday on Sirius XM NFL Radio, a show that airs during the NFL’s bye week.
During the 2016 campaign, the Baltimore Ravens had an offensive line that was not only one of the best in the NFL, but one that also played at a high level.
The Ravens had a pair of first-round picks in tackles Terrell Suggs and Ronnie Stanley, who have gone on to become NFL starters.
The team also had a franchise-record 11 first-team All-Pro selections, including tackle Marshal Yanda, who has been an integral part of the Ravens success since his arrival in Baltimore.
“We have a tremendous line,” Caldwell explained.
“We have to figure out how to get better at blocking and blocking is not something that you do in a vacuum.
There’s always a reason why they’re blocking and we need to figure that out and do something about it.””
I think the best thing we can do now is get to a point where we’re blocking better.
We need to get to that point where the guys are blocking better and I think that’s the best way to go.”
Caldwin said he spoke to his players after the season about blocking.
“I was going, ‘Look, we have to learn to block better, man,'” Caldwell said.
“Because if you don’t block better when you’re at the same position, when you have the same talent, you’ll have no chance.”
“You gotta learn how to block.”
The Ravens’ offensive line had a solid 2016 season.
In 2016, the team was rated the fourth best in football by Pro Football Focus, while ranking eighth in pass blocking efficiency.
The line had just one sack allowed and only eight quarterback hits allowed, per PFF.
However, the line has struggled with both blocking and play-action, according to Pro Football Reference.
In 2016, it ranked 27th in PFF, which is the same as last season.
That was before the Ravens drafted John Urschel in the first round.
Urschel had a great season in 2016, but his pass blocking is also a major question mark.
In his first year, Urscher had just eight sacks allowed, and his pass protection has been a major problem.
The Ravens had just 10 sacks allowed in 2016.
“The biggest thing we need is to find ways to stop the run,” Caldwell added.
“The run plays the game and we can’t afford to have that problem anymore.”
“We gotta learn to stop that run.”CALDWELL: Ravens’ 2017 QB rankings have QBs at least in ‘top 10′ article The Ravens’ 2016 offensive line did not perform as well as they had hoped.
They ranked 25th in the league in rushing, and just 10th in pass protection.
This season, however, the offensive tackle position has improved.
Terrell Sims and Anthony Levine are both entering their fifth seasons, and both have proven they can play in the middle of the offensive lines.
“You can’t have it all,” Caldwell told Sirius XF.
You can’t make your guys play all the time, you gotta make them play all day, all the week. “
If you’ve got guys like [Levine] and Sims, you’ve gotta make sure that you have guys in the trenches that can play all over the field.
You can’t make your guys play all the time, you gotta make them play all day, all the week.
You’ve gotta have guys that can get into that role.”