Podcast: Bettis on Ravens' offense woes

October, 23, 2013
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Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis was asked on ESPN Radio whether wide receiver Anquan Boldin should get MVP votes because of how his absence has affected the Baltimore Ravens' offense this year.

"It's not the fact that you lost a wide receiver," Bettis said. "It's the fact that they changed and went away from their bread and butter. Ray Rice and (Bernard) Pierce need to have the ball 30 to 40 times every time they play."

The Ravens would probably commit more to the running game if it produced more consistently. The Ravens are averaging 2.8 yards per rush, the lowest in the NFL.

"When you have a quarterback that's not built to throw the ball 50 times and you throw the ball 50 times or 40 times, there is going to be a problem," Bettis said. "That team is not built to do that. When they go out and throw the ball 38 times or 40 times, they're going to lose, period. You can look at the numbers. They tell you if they throw for 300 yards, they lose. That's not an indictment on your quarterback. That's just how your team is built."

You can hear the entire interview with Bettis by clicking right here.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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