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Ray Rice: '5 carries is not going to cut it'

Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:23 am
Edited on: November 17, 2011 1:06 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The situation involving the Ravens offense -- and Baltimore's inability to win games when running back Ray Rice doesn't get many carries -- is coming to a head, thanks to Ray Lewis complaining about Rice's touches.

But Rice himself has been quiet thus far, declining to speak after the loss to Seattle. Until now -- on Wednesday Rice pointed out, in a "diplomatic" fashion according to Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times, that he needs more carries.

"I'm never going to be the guy that talks about touches, but obviously we know five carries is not going to cut it," Rice said. "I know five carries is not going to do us any justice, but we found ourselves so deep in the situation that we had to climb our way out. We were looking for answers. Whether it was running or passing, we have to find our way out of a situation."

Quoth the Ravens

Rice also discussed why he didn't talk to the press following the Seahawks loss.

"As a professional, you have to sometimes gather your thoughts up," Rice said. "You have to look at a situation before you express yourself, bottled up with emotional thoughts. My reason for not speaking after the game was more frustration on how we lost the game, it had nothing to do with you guys."

Rice added that speaking after "an emotional loss" "leads to disaster," "trouble" and "people pointing fingers." This is 100 percent correct, just like Rice's point about needing more carries.

He's handling it the right way, which is the same way that Rice has handled his ongoing contract situation. (One has to wonder how those negotiations are progressing the week after Rice receives five or eight carries in a game, especially if it's a Ravens loss. "Contentious" sounds about right.)

Now it's just up to the coaching staff to handle things the right way, by giving Rice the ball more.

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Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:23 pm

Ray Rice: '5 carries is not going to cut it'

As a Steelers fan I would love for Ray Rice to only get 5 touches against Pittsburgh. Like the Steelers, they do two things great year after year run the ball and have a strong defense. They cannot get away from that if they are going to win. The entire league is clearly making a shift towards a passing league, but many teams are struggling to find themselves.  Ray Rice is a solid running back and he needs to get the ball. Period. I am not convinced that Flacco has the ability to carry the team like Cam is trying to get him do. The O line is solid and Boldin a Pro Bowler that has faded into the background. Flacco isnt Rodgers, Brady or Brees, he should take some notes from Dilfer when he was in Baltimore and just manage the game. Credit it is due for the drive Flacco had agaisnt the Steelers to win, but I need to see more of that consistantly to even put him in the conversation as a top ten QB. And give Rice the ball, C'Mon Man!   

Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 5:55 pm

Ray Rice: '5 carries is not going to cut it'

That's exactly what I am talking about!   They seem to think that Flacco is a gunslinger and he is not. I don't  think he ever will be among the elite passers in the league.  Their offensive coordinator seems to feel otherwise and judging by his recent comments to the press he believes that they are succesful.  His self assesment is in need of correction.  Sort of reminds me of the drunk dancing at a wedding....they think everyone is looking at them because they can dance and are  looking  good....NOT!!!!!  Come on Ravens....recognize your strengths and play to them .  Is this a case of unconcious incompetance where one believes they are competant but are not able to see it?  It is looking like that to me as I am seeing a very uggly pattern

Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 5:15 pm

Ray Rice: '5 carries is not going to cut it'

"I hope Ray Rice gets paid, actually.  Forget clowns like DeSean Jackson and Peyton Hillis, Rice is going about his contract year with some class."
 how is desean doing anything but being classy he showed up everyday and worked hard....missing one practice is not a big deal 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:33 pm

Ravens want to be a passing team so bad

Here is an alarming stat for the Baltimore Ravens.  Joe Flacco is THIRD IN THE NFL FOR PASS ATTEMPTS!!  Only Brees and Stafford have thrown more passes.  The problem with this is that Baltimore is not built to play this way and Flacco is not that great a quarterback to be throwing the ball this much and neither are the Ravens receivers good enough to warrant this.  B'more is a running football team.  Go back to your bread and butter: Run the ball and play Ravens D.

Kudos to Rice for not speaking out publically against his team or the play calling.  These are issues you bring up to the Coach after film study on Tuesday and you do it man to man, not in front of anyone else.

Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 3:46 pm

Ray Rice: '5 carries is not going to cut it'

I am not a Baltimore die hard fan but I must admit that the game plans that I have seen are very painful to watch.  Rice is a stud but he is used as though he is a liability.  I believe the offensive  line is less than stellar but the game plan is too heavily weighted on the pass.They throw WAY TOO MUCH.   They act like Flacco is in the company of Brady,Rodgers,Rivers, Brees, to name a few modern day gun slingers but he isn't even close to that caliber.  They seem to hang their hat on him throwing the ball instead of having a balanced attack.  It is UGLY and is reflective of amature coaching instead of NFL caliber.  I hope that they get it together but time will tell.

Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:12 am
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Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:02 am

Ray Rice: '5 carries is not going to cut it'

This guy is built like a bowling ball. He is so short he can hide behind the offensive line and defenses can't see where he is going. He has quick feet, can cut on a dime, can block, can catch...he does it all.

I would run him 20 times a game and have him get 6 catches a game. He is dynamic and should be over used if anything.

He's also on my fantasy team so I hope they use him alot more!

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:58 am

Ray Rice: '5 carries is not going to cut it'

I hope Ray Rice gets paid, actually.  Forget clowns like DeSean Jackson and Peyton Hillis, Rice is going about his contract year with some class.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:56 am

Ray Rice: '5 carries is not going to cut it'

Cam Cameron/Coach Harbaugh need to get a clue. Although they were down 2 TD's early, abandoning the run that early is ridiculous considering the importance of Rice touching the ball. He is also very good with the screens and dump-offs, and if time on the clock was a factor, then run the hurry-up to speed things along and keep the D on the field to exploit mis-matches. Buffalo got 3 TD's behind Dallas, but Fred Jackson still carried the ball 13 times for 100+ yards. For a team like the Ravens to panic like that early says volumes about their trust in Flacco to carry to offense. Give the ball to Rice often and early, then go's not brain surgery- just common sense- and stick with it even if you get a few points behind.

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