OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens are already implementing adjustments after an injury-filled season.
There was extra stretching throughout warm-ups and fewer reps within the exercises for gamers in the beginning of the staff’s offseason conditioning program this week. The Ravens are coming off a season through which a complete of 25 gamers have been positioned on injured reserve.
“I feel it means you’ll be able to consider within the course of extra as a result of you recognize that the coaches and the group is attempting the perfect to handle us,” Professional Bowl fullback Patrick Ricard stated Wednesday. “They’re acutely aware of the accidents we’ve had. In my view, you’ll be able to’t do the identical issues again and again and get a special outcome. You’re simply going to be insane.”
Accidents have been a significant component because the Ravens completed 8-9 — the primary time they’ve been final within the AFC North in coach John Harbaugh’s 14 seasons. By the top of the season, Baltimore had eight starters on IR, together with All-Professional left sort out Ronnie Stanley, Professional Bowl cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, and working backs J.Okay. Dobbins and Gus Edwards.
After the season, Harbaugh met with the efficiency employees for 4 hours. His message was to not overreact to the accidents but additionally to not decrease them, both.
The most important change within the voluntary offseason program has been lowering the workload. Drills that have been 10 to 12 reps at the moment are eight to 10.
“Philosophically, this system nonetheless stands by itself deserves, however you simply make little tweaks,” Ravens head energy and conditioning coach Steve Saunders stated. “We’re going to say, ‘OK, we don’t know what these guys have been doing. Let’s take a bit of step again and possibly spend a bit of extra time within the analysis course of, add another issues to this system.’”
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That is the primary in-person offseason conditioning program after going digital the previous two springs due to the pandemic. Final summer season, the Ravens endured a stretch through which 5 gamers, together with three working backs, suffered season-ending accidents over 19 days.
Didn’t having a program final 12 months contribute to the staff’s preseason accidents?
“You by no means know what contributed to what,” Saunders stated. “It actually wasn’t a plus.”
Final month, Harbaugh stated the Ravens will even alter their practices throughout the offseason and coaching camp in an effort to cut back accidents.