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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Wake-up caw: Not Mr. Cerebral?

By Jamison Hensley

The Baltimore Ravens rank 29th in the NFL in red-zone offense after failing to score a touchdown on three trips inside the 20-yard line in Detroit.

Why do the Ravens have so many problems getting the ball in the end zone? The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston points out that quarterback Joe Flacco doesn't have the accuracy to be consistently good when the throwing windows get smaller. The other theory isn't based on physical tools.

"He isn't Mr. Cerebral either," Preston wrote. "The entire team continues to suffer communication breakdowns inside the red zone, from knowing whom to block to checking out of a running play to a passing play."

One thing is certain: The Ravens' inability to run the ball in the red zone means their success in that area of the field rests on Flacco.

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