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Ravens fullback Vonta Leach's playing time dwindles to two offensive snaps

Outspoken Cleveland Browns nose tackle Phl Taylor expressed a blunt opinion about the Ravens offense after his team dismantled the defending Super Bowl champions on Sunday.

Taylor took notice of how the Ravens further reduced the role of Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach, cutting his playing time to just two snaps with the offense emphasizing three wide receiver sets instead of an old-school I-formation.

"What they did, they changed their offense up," Taylor said. "Leach probably had two or three offensive snaps. They're not going to win like that, and we know we could take advantage of them."

Leach, who played five special-teams plays Sunday and rushed for two yards on his one carry, had a dozen offensive snaps during the Ravens' loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers prior to the bye.

Regarded as the top lead blocker in the game, Leach got the least playing time of the season Sunday during the Ravens' 24-18 loss.

Leach had 15 snaps offensively in a loss to the Green Bay Packers, 27 snaps in a win over the Miami Dolphins, 11 snaps in a loss to the Buffalo Bills, 29 snaps in a win over the Houston Texans, 36 snaps in a win over the Browns earlier this season and 19 snaps in a loss to the Denver Broncos.

Leach voiced no complaints about his lack of involvement on offense, just quietly acknowledging the reduction of his role.

"The only way you can go from here is up now," Leach said. "We dug ourselves in this hole. We're the guys that have to find a way to get us out of it. We got to find a way to put points on the board. We got a lot of veteran guys here that no what it takes to win. We're in a big hole. We jsut got to find a way to get it done."

Without quarterback Joe Flacco contributing 25 rushing yards on three scrambles, the Ravens would have had just 30 rushing yards overall. That's on 18 carries from the running backs, an average of 1.6 yards per rush.

Three-time Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, who wasn't in the locker room after the game when it was open to reporters, was limited to 17 yards on 11 carries. The Ravens entered Sunday ranked 28th in rushing offense.

"We have got to go back and look at the film," Leach said. "It's part of our offense we have to get right and get going. At times, it seems like it's there and other times it's not. It is what it is. It's something we got to get corrected."

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