Ravens consider changes in running game

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The 2013 season was the worst of Ray Rice’s career since taking over as the lead running back in Baltimore. Rice finished with just 660 yards rushing with a 3.1 average. That has Ravens head coach John Harbaugh considering change in the backfield.

When asked if the Ravens would add a big bruising back to its backfield Harbuaugh told the Baltimore Sun:

“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.

So what are the Ravens looking at?

“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.”

The Ravens were 30th in the NFL in rushing in 2013 largely in part to a lackluster offensive line.