With the Ravens approaching franchise records in yards gained and points scored this season, offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak pointed to the success his players have had in learning his new scheme as a main factor – and the first-year coordinator means all of them, not just the stars.
"The biggest thing going on with us, I think, as a group, is all the people that are contributing," Kubiak said. "We're not some group that just sits there and waits for one or two guys to make a play."
The Ravens have had eight different combinations of players among the top three pass catchers through 13 games. At least seven different players have receptions in 11 of the team's 13 games, and six different players have led the team in receptions: injured tight end Dennis Pitta, wide receiver Steve Smith, running back Justin Forsett, wide receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill), tight end Owen Daniels, and wide receiver Torrey Smith.
All three active running backs — Forsett, Bernard Pierce, and Lorenzo Taliaferro — have led the team in rushing, though Forsett has taken over a majority of carries in recent weeks.
Kubiak said the well-worn "next man up" mantra rings true in the locker room, pointing to tight end Phillip Supernaw and second-string wide receivers Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown, all of whom stepped up last Sunday against the Miami Dolphins without Torrey Smith (knee) and tight end Crockett Gillmore (back), and could be called on again Sunday.
"In our meeting Saturday night before the game, we talked about everybody probably having an opportunity to contribute in the game," Kubiak said. "John [Harbaugh] talks about that all the time, and I'll be darned if it didn't happen really in a big way this past week. I don't think it's going to be different here down the stretch."
The success from all over the depth chart has led to an offense that, with 356 points in 13 games, is all but assured of eclipsing the franchise record set in 2012 (398), and could do so Sunday against Jacksonville. At its current pace of 376 yards per game, the Ravens will surpass the franchise record of 5,723 yards, set in 1996, by season's end.