Coach Kliff Kingsbury is constantly working on his play designs, and while the Ravens have complimented him this week about his history of plays – plays that are sometimes used on the NFL level now – Kingsbury said he never once second-guessed himself for showing too much of his offense in college.
“You’re always going to put your best foot forward in terms of your game-planning,” Kingsbury said. “I take a ton from everybody. I’m probably the biggest thief of concepts and gadgetry. I usually at least cite where I got it from in the postgame — if it works.”
THE RAVENS’ RUN GAME, AND DEALING WITH JACKSON
The popular thought was that teams could stack the box against the Ravens to slow the run and to stifle Jackson, whose rookie season was built on running the ball himself. Then he threw five touchdowns against the Dolphins.
“Well, we thought we could (load the box) until last weekend,” Joseph said.
That makes it tough on a defense, especially since the Ravens also have an excellent offensive line and and burly running back Mark Ingram, who surpassed 100 yards in the opener himself.
“It’s a PhD run game,” Joseph said.
Hicks said it was difficult to get much out of the Dolphins tape – Miami was “running a few different things,” he said – but at least the Cardinals got a sense of how the Ravens want to attack. Hicks also said defending Kyler Murray all offseason and training camp will help against Jackson.
“We weren’t sitting back watching the quarterback under center and the basic offense, we had to defend some dynamic and tough-to-read plays,” Hicks said. “We now have a reference when we are talking about Baltimore, when we are watching film, we can reference back to what we did in training camp. But this offense is very explosive, dynamic, they run the ball, they are strong up front. As dynamic as they are, they are just as powerful in the run game.”
BULLARD QUESTIONABLE FOR SUNDAY
The Cardinals are relatively injury free, with only offensive lineman Lamont Gaillard (knee) out and backup defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard (hamstring) questionable. Everyone else is available to play.
For the Ravens, starting cornerback Jimmy Smith (knee) is out. Tight end Mark Andrews (foot), wide receiver Marquise Brown (hip), linebacker Tyus Bowser, cornerback Marlon Humphrey (back) and running back Mark Ingram (shoulder) are all officially questionable, although Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Andrews and Brown will play and Ingram practiced fully Friday.