The struggles of the Baltimore Ravens rushing attack have been well documented. Blame has been placed from the dismal play of center Jeremy Zuttah to offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and his tendency to abandon the running game for stretches.
The lack of stability at the running back position is not helping. Justin Forsett has not been able to break tackles. He has looked sluggish in the open field.
Terrance West's averages have been better than Forsett's, but only marginally. However, in this case, the eye test is a stronger endorsement than the statistics. West deserves more carries. He closed out the Browns and the Bills in late-game four minute situations and recorded the longest run of the Ravens season in last week's contest.
West has gone on record to voice his gripe against being subbed in and out of as he noted via BaltimoreRavens.com.
“To be honest, it’s hard. As a running back, you have to get into the groove. You get stronger as the game goes. You have to feel the defense out, but you still have to take advantage of the opportunities no matter what when your number is called, so there’s no excuses.”
West finds himself in a situation that is not ideal. If the Ravens want to maximize its running game's production, the team needs to give - trough repetition - consistency and rhythm to its lead back. West has performed better. It's time to ride a single stallion.