Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been dealing with a hip injury that limited his action and availability throughout the first month of the regular season, but the team and head coach John Harbaugh are ready to once again make Rice the focal point of their offense.
“We need to get Ray out. We had some five-man protections where he was releasing, but we just weren’t able to get him the ball. They were covering him and had a guy on him pretty tight,” Harbaugh said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
“But we need to get Ray involved, in every single way — the pass game, run game, every single way. It’s definitely going to be important for us. We want to do it every week and obviously we didn’t do a good job of that last Sunday.”
Without some of their top offensive options from a year ago, it is easy to see why the team needs Rice to have a bigger role.
Of course, he will also need to stay healthy and prove that he is still the elite running back that he has been in the past. If he is able to do that and the Ravens get him more involved in the gameplan, they could begin to turn things around and charge towards a run at back-to-back Super Bowl wins.