Offseason Playbook: Ravens

A look at Baltimore's philosophy, team needs and a key free-agent move

Originally Published: February 25, 2013
By Gary Horton and Field Yates | ESPN Insider
KrugeRob Carr/Getty ImagesIt is vital for the Baltimore Ravens to re-sign Paul Kruger this offseason.

In a new offseason series, Insider takes an in-depth look at NFL teams before free agency begins on March 12. What is each team's philosophy on offense and defense, biggest needs and one player who could make for an ideal signing in free agency?

Team philosophies

Offense -- As much publicity as this pass offense generates, running the football is still very important for the Ravens. They can show a physical two-back look with fullback Vonta Leach and running back Ray Rice, or they can go to one-back sets and spread things out. They have gone from a power man-blocking offensive line to more zone schemes and even an occasional stretch play. Rice is an excellent one cut-and-go back.

Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.