Far too often this offseason I have heard the same statement…
“The Ravens have a crowded backfield with Forsett, Taliaferro, Buck Allen and West”
Sometimes I sit back and wonder what planet these people are on that makes them think a stable full of average running backs deems it “Crowded.”
Meanwhile in the AFC North, The Steelers are rolling out one of the best offenses in recently memory with their stable of actual playmaking running backs in Leveon Bell and Deangelo Williams.
Look, I have nothing against Justin Forsett, and what he did in Kubiaks offense after being a career journeymen was nothing short of spectacular, but can anyone seriously sit there and confidently say that this is a workhorse, playmaking running back that makes the position not an area of need?
Looking back on last year the Ravens were atrocious at running the football and lacked any special playmaker who could take over a game. All year seemed like a huge struggle that took you back to the 2013 season where not a single guy could go for more than 3 yards at a time. Yes, part of that is scheme and part of that is the average play from the offensive line but at some point you need to come to the realization you don’t have a talent at the running back position that makes defenses scheme every Sunday and can take over a game with playmaking ability.
The Ravens will have the opportunity to draft that playmaker with the 6th pick in the upcoming draft, and they would be wise to do so. Ezekiel Elliot (Zeke) is your all around talent that can do much more than run the rock. Praised for his blocking ability in the backfield and his football IQ and natural instincts, Zeke is the complete package who can bring a dynamic to this Ravens offense that is lacking any type of flare.
At some point the Ravens will need to look past fan favorite players like Forsett and realize that this team lacks any type of explosive playmaker that will make them competitive. They went 5-11 for a reason and in a division that hold players like Antonio Brown, Leveon Bell and AJ Green, the Ravens might as well be in the stone age when it comes to playmakers on the offensive side of the ball.
Adding an explosive player such as Zeke with a talented, yet unknown player like Breshard Perriman would be a good start for the future of this offense. Already a fiery player with a big heart on the football field, a lot of good can come from a year playing with a similar personality in Steve Smith Sr. Can you imagine how fun it would be to see those two warriors take the field together, even if it’s just for one year.
The Ravens need to take a look in the mirror and realize that what they have just simply isn’t good enough. Forsett is a good football player and an even better person and would serve as an amazing mentor for a player like Zeke, but he is simply not the answer moving forward. It is time to get our game changing talent on the offensive side of the ball and we will have that opportunity with the 6th pick come April.