Greg Roman's arrival brought the expectation of a new complex running scheme that featured different misdirection's and counter plays. In the first pre-season game against the Redskins, a game where sloppiness is expected, the makeshift offensive line featuring James Hurst, Ryan Jensen, Matt Skura and Jermaine Eluemunor worked rather well with Jensen and Hurst as the standout performers and rookie Eluemunor as the least developed of the four.
The “starting” offensive line was not penalized, which is surprising considering the new schemes installed and the different techniques that come with a power, downhill scheme. James Hurst in part responsible for the best run of the game, as he reached the second level to seal off the Redskins linebacker, which in turn sprung Terrance West through the middle after the latter showed good elusiveness picking his way through traffic for an 18 yard gain.
Ryan Mallet struggled with his accuracy and the tightness of his throws, but his protection on the first two third downs was immaculate. Even when the pocket was squeezed, Mallet remained largely untouched throughout the game.
Early signs are encouraging. The new scheme did not befuddle the backup linemen, which bodes well for the Ravens. Three of the five projected starters, including the best guard in the league, did not suit up. Fans should expect the Ravens offense to hit the ground running without a long period of adjustment.