Critical acclaim coordinators Todd Monken and Mike McDonald
The Ravens’ new offense took a big step forward in Week 2, and their defense was solid in both games. Kapadia and Ben Solak of The Ringer praised offensive coordinator Todd Monken and defensive coordinator Mike McDonald for the unit’s performance.
“Monken is very good and has been very impressive throughout his career. And we’ve already seen this with the Ravens, saying, ‘What in the world are we doing well? We’re going to make sure we get it done,’” Solak said. “The Ringer NFL Show” “We have a way to engineer access to Zay Flowers. We have a way to isolate Odell Beckham Jr.. We have a way to make the running game work without putting Lamar at risk.
“The attack made sense, and they fought back.” [Texans Head Coach] with Demeco Ryans [Bengals Defensive Coordinator] Lou Anarumo They’ve seen two very different defensive approaches and good defensive game planners, and have come out on top with successful passing performances. ”
Kapadia added, “Before the season I said I expected the Ravens’ offense, but once we get to Thanksgiving, I’m going to tell them to be careful going forward. September and October are going to be rocky. I thought it was going to happen. They’re doing this in Week 2 against a good defense, and if you’re a Ravens fan you’re excited about this development…again, in Week 2. To do that with this new offense and new wide receivers, 178 to rush and not give up a sack when you can get down left tackle and center is really impressive.”
Regarding McDonald and the defense, Solak said, “They traded a great defensive coordinator for Wink Martindale and brought in Mike McDonald, who runs a different defense, a different philosophy. The goal is — this hasn’t been explicitly stated. “I haven’t, but I said so.”He sure was – if we were alive in the Blitz, we would lose? [Bengals quarterback Joe] This guy in our division that digs a hole every time, we have to play twice a year so we have to beat him, but we’re gonna do it because he’s gonna tear us apart there is no.
“Mike McDonald coached four games against Joe Burrow’s Bengals. If you take Burrow’s numbers against the Ravens and compare them to Burrow’s numbers against every other defense he’s faced. , he would have been 9th in EPA per dropback against non-Ravens opponents, 31st against the Ravens, 5th-40th in completion percentage, and 23rd-44th in explosive play rate. McDonald’s got that number.”
Kapadia noted that, like the Ravens’ offense, the defense is also playing well under McDonald despite missing key starters like cornerback Marlon Humphrey and safety Marcus Williams.
How the Ravens offense stays ahead of the defense
The Ravens’ offense is ahead of schedule, but Jonas Schaefer of the Baltimore Banner said it’s too early to draw conclusions. He pointed out potential pitfalls and ways to get the unit back on track.
Running backs: Stay healthy.
“Easier said than done, right? J.K. Dobbins suffered his second season-ending injury in three years with a torn Achilles tendon in Week 1. Keaton Mitchell suffered at least his fifth season-ending injury with a preseason shoulder injury. He will be out until next week. Justice Hill is handling this right now.” Edwards insisted he was playing at full capacity during the preseason and after Wednesday’s practice, but the Ravens are careful not to wear him out. would need to. ”
Offensive line: Avoid putting pressure on Jackson.
“The Ravens’ pass protection in Cincinnati was a masterclass, all the more remarkable considering the offensive line was without injuries to left tackle Ronnie Stanley and center Tyler Linderbaum. Jackson also had no sacks. He only faced one dropback and faced a game.” According to Next Gen Stats, his pressure rate is a career-low 9.1%.
“Every quarterback does well with a clean pocket, but Jackson’s career difference has been stark: 77.9 passer rating when pressured, 35.5 percent success rate, EPA per dropback. According to NGS, he has a worse efficiency level than Zach Wilson of the New York Jets this year. When not under pressure, Jackson’s passer rating of 104.8, completion percentage of 54.3%, and 0.29 EPA per dropback are close to his level. Efficiency level during the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player season. ”