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The Ravens’ blueprint extends past personnel

Coaching matters

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Earlier this week, Baltimore Beatdown’s own Logan Levy wrote a piece about the Philadelphia Eagles being a blueprint of success for the Baltimore Ravens.

Levy’s points were primarily geared towards how the Ravens could rebuild their receiving corps the same way that the Eagles did this past offseason. While in theory that does sound nice, but another part of the Eagles’ turnaround should be attributed to coaching and player evaluation.

As Levy mentioned, the Eagles had a putrid group of receivers in 2016 before acquiring Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith last March, but a quick glance at the numbers show that those two receivers combined only had 32 more yards receiving than Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin combined.

This of course also ignores the presence of Zach Ertz and emergence of Nelson Agholor — who was considered a bust, much like Breshad Perriman. Despite that, the Eagles were able to have remarkable success. The success was also aided by the emergence of MVP candidate Carson Wentz, who played a level higher than Joe Flacco ever has throughout the course of the season.

While fans will want to improve the personnel, pointing to the Eagles as an example, one of the biggest reasons for the Eagles turnaround has been their coaching staff. Doug Pederson, Jim Schwartz, Frank Reich and John DeFilippo have done an excellent job scheming game plans that have successfully outmatched their opponents. The Eagles suffered season ending injuries at the left tackle, running back, quarterback and middle linebacker positions, but have still willed their way to the Super Bowl.

Personnel is one way to build a roster, but ultimately coaching will outlast players. This isn’t to say players don’t matter, they do, but the Ravens need to take a long look at who they have on staff. Two years in a row the offense has looked stale, lacking any sort of creative design. When Gary Kubiak was the offensive coordinator in Baltimore, the Ravens had a diversified attack that incorporated concepts that played to player’s strengths. One way or another, the Ravens need to find something like that again if they want to take a step towards being a legitimate Super Bowl contender, or much less a playoff team.