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Ravens players told John Harbaugh they were unhappy with blocking schemes, source says

The blocking scheme the Ravens will use today will be the same as last season, according to a team source, who also said that both running backs, Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, still have not fully recovered from injuries suffered in the preseason.

According to the source, several players met with Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Monday following the Ravens' 19-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The Ravens have the 27th-ranked rushing game in the NFL averaging only 72.7 yards per game. They had only 47 yards rushing against Green Bay.

At the meeting, the players told Harbaugh that they were unhappy with the new blocking scheme instituted by run game coordinator Juan Castillo and they wanted to go back to last year's scheme. According to the source, Castillo has lost influence in "the room" and Harbaugh told the team they were going back to the formula that helped them win the Super Bowl last year.

According to the source, the Ravens will double team more at the point of attack and also do more cut blocking to cut down on pursuing tacklers. The Ravens will also use less stretch plays.

Rice has been bothered by a hip flexor strain and Pierce has had hamstring and knee injuries. Both players were injured during the preseason and haven't had a chance to recover.

Thus far, both Rice and Pierce have lacked acceleration and neither has been able to break many tackles. The Ravens would like for both to make it through today's game in good health and then fully recover during the bye week.

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