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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Wake-up caw: Ravens' 'predictable' offense

By Jamison Hensley

When an offense is struggling -- like the 29th-ranked one for the Baltimore Ravens -- you'll often hear it described as "predictable" by fans and critics. But, if the report in The Baltimore Sun is correct, this label is a very accurate one.

A team source told The Sun's Mike Preston that the Patriots knew what was coming so often that they were calling out the Ravens' plays at the line of scrimmage. New England players yelled out "airplane" when the Ravens were going to pass the ball and shouted "car" when it was a run.

"It was pathetic," the source said. "It still comes down to execution, but you do need the element of surprise. We're giving a lot of things away and it hasn't gotten better throughout the year. Our play calling has been poor."

To be honest, it didn't take an NFL player to call out what the Ravens were going to run. In the first half, before the game got out of hand, the Ravens ran the ball on all but two first downs and threw the ball on all five third downs.

Unlike the previous five seasons, you can't blame Cam Cameron. The criticism now falls on offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, who has yet to recreate the same magic from last season's Super Bowl run.

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