Final yr, Miami’s protection solved Baltimore’s offense on a Thursday evening in November.
The Dolphins performed a number of cowl zero, sending a number of defenders to blitz whereas leaving defensive backs in one-on-one matchups with receivers. They restricted the Ravens to simply 4.3 yards per play whereas selecting up 5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and a complete of seven quarterback hits. Quarterback Lamar Jackson completed the sport 26-of-43 passing for 238 yards with a landing and an interception — that was scored late within the fourth quarter — and an interception. He rushed for 39 yards.
Plus, Baltimore was simply 2-of-14 on third down within the irritating 22-10 loss.
The 2 groups meet once more this week, this time in Baltimore for the Ravens’ house opener. And Jackson is assured his group has a greater plan for what coordinator Josh Boyer’s protection will deliver to the desk on Sunday.
“They only caught us off guard, actually. We hadn’t actually gone over defenses doing all-up zero towards us — like, simply all-up flat-out zero,” Jackson mentioned in his Wednesday press convention. “However I really feel like we’ll have a solution for it this yr. We watched movie — watched a number of movie on these guys — as a result of we do not need it to occur once more.
“Different groups did zero, however it was simply the way in which they did it that type of affected us. However like I mentioned, we’ll have a solution this time round in the event that they do the identical factor.”
In his personal Wednesday press convention, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh mentioned, “We’d have been negligent if we hadn’t” labored on scheming towards cowl zero, which elicited some laughter from the assembled media.
“It was one thing we wanted to get so much higher at, and we studied it the entire offseason,” Harbaugh mentioned. “We’ll have a plan for it and hope it really works, as a result of these guys are most likely the most effective within the league at doing it proper now. They do it greater than anyone, they do it higher than anyone and it is simply one thing they’re dedicated to. I’ve all of the respect on this planet for what they’re doing defensively.”
We’ll see if the changes Baltimore’s made to fight Miami’s blitzing scheme are efficient on Sunday.