Final 12 months, 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 only 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 workforce has a greater plan for what coordinator Josh Boyer’s protection will carry to the desk on Sunday.
“They simply 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 stated in his Wednesday press convention. “However I really feel like we’ll have a solution for it this 12 months. We watched movie — watched a number of movie on these guys— as a result of we don’t need it to occur once more.
“Different groups did zero, but it surely was simply the best way they did it that type of affected us. However like I stated, 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 stated, “We might have been negligent if we hadn’t” labored on scheming towards cowl zero, which elicited some laughter from assembled media.
“It was one thing we wanted to get lots higher at, and we studied it the entire offseason,” Harbaugh stated. “We’ll have a plan for it and hope it really works, as a result of these guys are in all probability one of the best within the league at doing it proper now. They do it greater than anyone, they do it higher than anyone and it’s simply one thing they’re dedicated to. I’ve all of the respect on the earth 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.