Ravens 'Heisman Package' Is An Extra Wrinkle For Texans Defense

The Texans have to be ready for anything

Brandon Scott
November 11, 2019 - 6:45 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- D.J. Reader hadn't seen the Baltimore Ravens' "Heisman package" when he spoke with reporters Monday afternoon. 

The Texans versatile defensive lineman said he wasn't too much into gimmicks and wanted to focus on playing disciplined football. 

But he hadn't quite pieced together what the Heisman package truly is for the Ravens. 

It's an offensive look exclusively featuring three Heisman Trophy winners of the last 10 years. 

Quarterback Lamar Jackson, the 2016 Heisman winner who is making a case for MVP this season, lines up in the shotgun. Running back Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman winner, lines up to Jackson's left. To his right is backup quarterback Robert Griffin III, who won the 2011 trophy.

In Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jackson ran a designed quarterback keeper to the right and pitched it to Griffin for a 12-yard gain. The play set up a Ravens score, which they did a lot of against the winless Bengals. 

It was the first time the Ravens unveiled the Heisman package in a game and there's believed to be far more to it.

"Oh, so it’s all three of them in there?" Reader asked. "I guess I’ve got to check that out."

It's just one more wrinkle to an offense run with a great deal of complexity. 

All of the players and coaches have talked about playing disciplined, assignment-sound football against this often confusing Ravens offense.

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien called Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman a creative coach who knows how to utilize his weapons.

"I think we've got to be ready for anything," O'Brien said. "It's very difficult to be ready for anything. You've got to make sure you're doing your job and playing as disciplined as you can and we have to be ready for different things, different wrinkles, no doubt about it."

Aside from Jackson and Ingram, who lead the Ravens' top-ranked rushing attack, there's Marquise "Hollywood" Brown as a speedy deep threat. 

The Ravens' also boast three impressive tight ends in Nick Boyle, Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews.

"The tight ends are good," Reader said. "I think they do a good job of getting them into space and just getting the ball to them. Mark Ingram’s really good. I think he’s probably the best running back to come out of Alabama in a longtime and just like be there and be a consistent back in this league. He’s really good. Defense is good. They’re a solid team."

Texans safety Justin Reid said this is a unique offense unlike anything they've faced this season. 

If you're too aggressive pursuing Jackson or Ingram, you leave yourself vulnerable on a cutback or spin move. Reid said that makes patience and technique even more important. 

"They really try and get you, with all of the guys getting crossed in front of you, get your eyes lost in all the mess going on," Reid said. "It really comes down to fundamentals for this game. If you have a gap, you've got to be in that gap. If you've got a man, you've got to have that man because if you get caught up in all the mess, somebody's going to come free and he's going to get burned on it."

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