Is this the year of the passing attack?

Maybe this year will be the first since 1999 where the Ravens don't have to break out their usual formula of success.<br>
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The Ravens like to pride themselves on having a strong running game and dominating defense, but basically they've been forced into being a running team.<br>
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I have no problems with a strong running game and actually prefer it, but the Ravens resort to it because they can't ever develop a strong passing game.<br>
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Going back to the days of former Ravens coach <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT008384" title="Brian Billick" href="/topic/sports/football/brian-billick-PESPT008384.topic">Brian Billick</a> and offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh, the Ravens have always had excuses for not developing a strong passing game.<br>
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They didn't have the right quarterback, they didn't have good receivers or a good enough offensive line. Once the passing game failed, they always resorted to the running game, which became a staple.<br>
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Maybe one year -- just one year -- they can develop a good, strong passing game to complement the running game and strong defense.<br>
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The excuses are getting old.

( Baltimore Sun photo by Karl Merton Ferron / August 4, 2012 )

Maybe this year will be the first since 1999 where the Ravens don't have to break out their usual formula of success.

The Ravens like to pride themselves on having a strong running game and dominating defense, but basically they've been forced into being a running team.

I have no problems with a strong running game and actually prefer it, but the Ravens resort to it because they can't ever develop a strong passing game.

Going back to the days of former Ravens coach Brian Billick and offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh, the Ravens have always had excuses for not developing a strong passing game.

They didn't have the right quarterback, they didn't have good receivers or a good enough offensive line. Once the passing game failed, they always resorted to the running game, which became a staple.

Maybe one year -- just one year -- they can develop a good, strong passing game to complement the running game and strong defense.

The excuses are getting old.

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