OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens' first-team offense has as many turnovers as touchdowns midway through the preseason.
Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace insisted no one is panicking over the offense's struggles.
"I think we will be fine," Wallace said. "It is just progression. We have some guys injured, different lineups, different guys in and out. I think we will be fine. Or, I know we will be fine come Week 1."
It's an understatement for Wallace to say there are "some guys injured." Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg should start holding meetings in the trainer's room.
Flacco has yet to practice this summer because of a back issue. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley has been sidelined the past week with what coach John Harbaugh described as "camp stuff," and Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda has been held out of the preseason after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. Wide receiver Breshad Perriman suffered a significant hamstring injury on Aug. 1 and has yet to return.
Harbaugh hasn't ruled out any of these players for the Sept. 10 regular-season opener in Cincinnati, but it's been difficult to watch this replacement offense try to move the ball on a consistent basis.
In four quarters of work, the Ravens' first-team offense has averaged 3.8 yards per play. To put that in perspective, the NFL's worst offense last season (the Los Angeles Rams) averaged 4.4 yards per play.
Here is how the 14 drives have ended for the starting offense: four punts, four field goals, two touchdowns, two interceptions, one end of downs (failed fourth-down conversion) and one end of half.
What compounds matters is the fact that this Baltimore offense was one of the least efficient ones last season. Flacco had problems throwing the ball deep, and the running back failed to produce big plays.
Wallace believes the return of Flacco -- and the Ravens say he will start the opener -- is the key.
"We are missing our top weapon, which is our quarterback," Wallace said. "Once he comes back, things will all start to fall in place and guys will feel better. We have all the confidence in the world in Ryan [Mallett], though. We will go out and [do] whatever we have to do. But, when you have a guy like Joe just sitting, you are licking your chops just waiting for him to come back, because we know the type of energy and the type of guy he is and the talent level he is going to bring to our offense."