Red Zone Offense Had ‘Specific Issues’

The Ravens went 1-for-7 in the red zone, meaning four field goals by Billy Cundiff.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, November 8th, 2010 at 11:55 am | Categories: 2010 Season, Ryan Mink, Week 9 vs Dolphins

For all the success the Ravens had offensively on Sunday, one problem Head Coach John Harbaugh raised in his post game press conference was his team’s red zone production.

Baltimore went 1-for-7 inside the 20-yard line, resulting in four field goals and five attempts from kicker Billy Cundiff.

The Ravens entered the game 16th in the NFL by scoring touchdowns 52.4 percent of the time they reached the red zone.

Asked for reasons for the red zone trouble, Harbaugh said each series had “specific issues.”

“We shouldn’t be flinching and back us up five more yards and making it tougher than it is,” Harbaugh said. “You know, you have to gain yards in the run game. I thought we did a much better job in the second half of punching everything forward.”

Fullback Le’Ron McClain said not punching the ball into the end zone, especially in short-yardage situations, was disappointing because the Ravens practiced that on Friday.

“It’s something we’ve got to get better at,” McClain said. “In the long run, that will kill us. We’ve got to score touchdowns.”

Here’s a breakdown of what happened on each red zone visit:

  • 1st Trip: Originally, it was a problem converting in short-yardage. Tied at seven at the start of the second quarter, the Ravens faced a third-and-1 from the 7-yard line. McClain was stood up when he shuffled sideways for a loss of one yard. That resulted in a 26-yard field goal.
  • 2nd Trip: Sacks and penalties were at issue. After a Lardarius Webb interception set Baltimore up on the 4-yard line, Joe Flacco was sacked by defensive tackle Paul Soliai for a loss of 10 yards. After a delay of game penalty, he was sacked again. Punter Sam Koch fumbled the hold on the ensuing field goal attempt, leaving Baltimore empty-handed.
  • 3rd Trip: Wide receiver Derrick Mason was flagged for a 10-yard offensive pass interference. Following an 11-yard run by Ray Rice, tight end Todd Heap was called for a false start. Facing a third-and-11, Flacco was sacked for a seven-yard loss. This time Cundiff hit a 39-yard field goal.
  • 4th Trip: Baltimore converted its only red zone touchdown to start the third quarter, as Flacco hit Mason for a 12-yard touchdown.
  • 5th Trip: The Ravens got to the Miami 24 and took a sack for a loss of six yards. An 11-yard gain to T.J. Houshmandzadeh got them to the 19, but Cundiff missed the field goal wide left.The Ravens had two clock-eating fourth quarter drives that helped Baltimore’s defense hold a 10-point fourth quarter lead. Both resulted in field goals.
  • 6th Trip: On second-and-2 from the 4, Ray Rice was hit for a one-yard loss. Then a pass went for two yards, meaning a 20-yard field goal.
  • 7th Trip: Baltimore had first-and-goal from the 7, but a run by Rice went for minus-three and Willis McGahee came one yard short of the end zone on third down, spelling Cundiff’s final field goal from 24 yards.

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