Aug 29, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (30) helmet sits on a locker during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis defeated Baltimore 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens looking at running back by committee moving forward?

The Baltimore Ravens nearly squeaked into the playoffs this season – even with a disgustingly awful rushing attack.

Hoping to change things up, it appears the Ravens are discussing a plan that would essentially lead to a running back by committee approach moving forward, this according to head coach John Harbaugh:

Yes, I think we need to diversify as much as we can what guys can do,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said recently. “I’ve had a lot of conversations with [general manager] Ozzie [Newsome] and with [assistant general manager] Eric [DeCosta] and our different scouts about that, and our coaches, too. Yes, we want to have as many weapons as we can at our disposal.

“Big backs, fast backs, quick backs, route-running backs that you see around the league, we want to chase all those guys. You can’t always get everything you want, but those are things that we could use.”

Essentially, Harbaugh and the Ravens want to have a multitude of running backs with different attributes on the  roster to best game plan for an opposing defense.

That’s not to say Ray Rice has lost his starting job, but it’s certainly looking to become more of a timeshare position in comparison to the recent past.

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