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What ails Arian? The production is there, placing him fourth in the league with 633 total yards. But the efficiency is lacking.
In 2011, he averaged 5.56 per touch, but only 3.95 this year. The culprit of choice is the retooled offensive line with its revolving door on one side, and his all-plant diet runs a close second. If the line is the primary factor, maybe something other than turning vegan is to blame.
Foster is consistently lining up behind the quarterback seven yards off the line of scrimmage. Known as the “I” formation, it does allow the running back to build up a head of steam before hitting the hole. It also entails the linemen hold their blocks just a little longer for the ball carrier.
If the line is having trouble sustaining their control at the point of attack, then why not have the QB and RB get closer together in the formation? That could shave a half-second off the exchange of the ball and allow the back to make his cut sooner.
The Ravens rank 26th stopping the run. So if there are any looks where Foster can line up more like a halfback, this is the chance to spring them on an unsuspecting foe.
It may be too late in the season to do something more suited for training camp. But if the “I” is meant to be the “meat” of the running game, maybe the coaching staff should follow Arian’s lead and throw in a few veggies.