Tag:Joe Flacco
Posted on: July 21, 2010 3:42 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 4:06 pm

Ed Reed rants on Ravens, could miss entire season

Ed Reed expected to start the season on the PUP list , missing the Baltimore's first six games of the season. 

He confirmed that news to a group of reporters at his football camp in Maryland, and also added some pretty harsh words regarding his relationship with the Ravens, via Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post .

"I haven't had the support from the other side as you think has been there," Reed said. "If I don't say it now, it won't ever get said. It's like a marriage. There are going to be disagreements.

"You got to work with that person. When it starts to get too much, you got to pull back: 'Is it worth it? or should I take a pay cut and be on another team?"

Reed was referring specifically to his request last year for a new contract (he currently has three years remaining with base salaries between $6 and $7.2 million for each of those years), a request he claims has not been renewed this year. (Although a recent radio appearance -- in which Reed said "it needs to be taken care of" -- certainly seems to refute that.)

"The word I got was, 'We're comfortable with where we're at,'" Reed said. "Yes, you would be comfortable with the plays that I'm making on the field and paying me what you're paying me. ... There are six, seven players in front of me at my position [in terms of money] that I honestly wouldn't let hold my jock, and I don't even wear one.'"

Reed's semi-rant continued with him lobbing out the possibility that he might not return for the entire season before answering his own hypothetical question about wanting to retire in Baltimore: "Does it always happen? No."

The former Defensive Player of the Year's words, coupled with the little brewhaha boiling between Marc Bulger , Joe Flacco and Troy Smith suddenly paints a portrait of an organization that, while a strong candidate to make a Super Bowl run, that might be in a bit of disarray.

Then again, considering Reed is almost 32 and these quotes are amidst a discussion of retirement, maybe Baltimore knows exactly what they're doing.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 8:43 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 8:47 pm

Flacco isn't sure about Bulger

You might remember our post last week about new Ravens backup QB Marc Bulger and how he thought he could help starter Joe Flacco progress in his career if that’s what Flacco needed from him.

Apparently, Flacco isn’t too impressed with the opportunity he’s been given.

“Hopefully, we just all get along well,” Flacco told the Baltimore Sun . “When you have a little bit of tension in the room, it doesn’t lend to playing well. Yeah, he might bring a thing here or there that helps me out. We’ll see. It’s all about going out there, preparing during the week and having a good time doing that. Hopefully, we can do that.”

Obviously, Flacco has loyalty to his current backups Troy Smith and John Beck, and that’s commendable. But seriously, you’d rather have Troy Smith than Marc Bulger? You’d rather have a guy who has 89 attempts during his three-year career than a two-time Pro Bowler who probably could still start in this league? You’d rather have a guy who can offer you very little advice vs. a guy who could truly help you on your way?

Of course, the other way to look at it would be this: he’d rather have a guy who has no chance to supplant him as the starting quarterback vs. somebody who potentially could.

“I don’t want to have any bad words about Marc,” Flacco said. “I’m sure Marc is a great guy. But I had a great relationship with Troy and John. Depending on what happens, one of them might not be around and two of them might not be around.”

Also, Ed Reed had this to say to 105.7 FM, as picked up by the Sun :


Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, speaking on 105.7 FM Tuesday, weighed in on the team’s recent acquisition of quarterback Marc Bulger, who is expected to be Joe Flacco's top backup, saying that Troy Smith would be more than qualified to lead the team to an NFL championship if he were called upon.

Bulger is “just another guy that’s been in the league and been around," Reed said.


--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 9:56 am

Joe Flacco: Ravens 'can go as far as we want'

There's little question that the Baltimore Ravens are talented. Last season's group, which finished 9-7 and whupped the Patriots in the playoffs before bowing out in the second round of the playoffs to eventual AFC Champ Indy, proved that. But Super Bowl worthy?

Well, a lot of folks believe that Baltimore could make some serious noise in 2010, especially after adding the proverbial (or potential?) final piece to the puzzle in wide receiver Anquan Boldin. One of those folks include quarterback Joe Flacco, who gave fans much to get excited about at a recent autograph session.

"[The fans are] all expecting us to do well this year, and that's a good thing," Flacco said after signing for every sunburned fan in line (which meant writing his name continually for more than an hour) at the AT&T store in Severn. "They should be excited. The excitement level is contagious."

"We've got the talent to go as far as we want to," Flacco said.

Now, that could be a bold statement, but, honestly, "Super Bowl or Bust" is a pretty realistic goal for Baltimore to have. (And it should be noted too, that Las Vegas agrees with him : the Ravens, at 12:1 aren't the top favorite, but they're certainly in a cluster of "elite" teams represented by low odds over at BoDog.)

They probably won't straight-up cruise to the AFC North title, but does anyone believe that Cincinnati will be as good as last year? Or that Pittsburgh, who will miss Ben Roethlisberger for several games, has the upper hand heading into 2010? Of course not, and it's a good reason for Flacco's confidence.

In other words, if the Ravens DO want to go as far as their talent will allow them, this division race shouldn't be a close one, even if the AFC North eventually features two playoff teams. Awkwardly though, this is a Ravens team that, for all its talents, HASN'T won the division in the last two years.

Which is to say that, yeah, the Super Bowl is an important -- and realistic and smart and whatnot -- goal. But right now, the Ravens should be most focused on the fact that, after an opener against the Jets that will be an "AFC Statement Game" of some sorts, they have three straight division games that need to be won in order to make sure everyone knows exactly what they want.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 3:52 pm

Bulger happy to have a new home

M. Bulger takes a pounding from Washington (Getty) When QB Marc Bulger spoke Thursday about his last three years in St. Louis, a weariness crept into his voice. Like he couldn’t believe what he went through as he quarterbacked the Rams to a 5-30 record as the starter from 2007-09.

Of course, Bulger – who signed with the Ravens last month, passed his physical this week and spoke with reporters on a conference call today – is a two-time Pro Bowler who’s thrown for nearly 23,000 yards and 122 touchdowns in his eight-year career. The fact St. Louis was so terrible with him as the quarterback these past three years obviously weighs heavy on his soul.

“I’m interested in football again,” Bulger said. “The last three years, they’ve been difficult out here. It just seemed like it was a job. We won five games here in the last three years, and it affects the whole building. To get a new atmosphere where you’re talking about trying to win a Super Bowl is exciting.”

Bulger is under no illusions. He knows Joe Flacco is the entrenched starting QB in Baltimore. He’ll wait to see how much advice Flacco might want from his new backup, but Bulger doesn’t see a problem with his new role.

“I’ve been starting for seven-plus years,” Bulger said. “It will be different role. It was clear to me up front that it would be my role there. Throughout this whole process, I was talking to teams where there were chances to be a starter and others where I had a chance to compete and obviously here as a backup. I understand that I’m coming in here as that, and however capacity I can help, I’ll do it.”

As long as he can help the Ravens, he’ll be pleased.

“Part of me wants to be a starter obviously. But if we’re winning games and if we’re headed to the playoffs, I’ll be just as happy as if I was the starter. Going through the last three years, it’s something I’ve never experienced. I’m upset I was a part of it. I just want to win games.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 7:17 pm

Bulger to back up Flacco in Baltimore

With former St. Louis QB Marc Bulger heading to Baltimore, as reported by ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter , the backup to Joe Flacco is now set. The question is: who will be the Ravens third-string QB? Troy Smith or John Beck?

Smith obviously is the better athlete, and in his three years in the NFL – all with Baltimore – he’s thrown a grand total of 89 passes for three touchdowns and an interception. Beck, meanwhile, has the better arm, and in 2007, he started four games for the Dolphins (he lost all four) but hasn’t played a regular-season down since.

Smith has talked recently about wanting to be traded somewhere where he could start. Today, that scenario grew even unlikelier for him with the Ravens.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 4:07 pm

Analyzing the Ravens Offense

You might be surprised to know that the Baltimore Ravens offense ranked ninth in scoring last season (24.4 points per game). The Ravens! Ninth!

So when Derrick Mason tells Sporting News that this offense has “a good shot to score 25-35 points a game”, he’s not going all that far out on a limb. Many assume that the addition of Anquan Boldin will be what propels this offense into an elite class. Boldin certainly helps, but as a possession receiver, he won’t change the dynamics of Cam Cameron’s approach. A bigger difference-maker in ’10 will be the development of two young stars, Joe Flacco and Ray Rice.

Flacco is big, athletic and has excellent tools to be a top-flight a pocket passer. His emergence hinges on whether he can break a few bad habits – mainly looking at the pass-rush when the pocket trembles, reading blitzes and staying patient with his progressions. These are all issues that abate with experience.

Rice is already a Top Five running back. He plays like a faster version of Emmitt Smith. His stout pass-blocking and dexterous receiving also give this offense an added dimension of explosiveness on third down.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 6:29 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 6:40 pm

Jim Zorn makes Joe Flacco happy

You might have forgotten what happened to former Redskins coach Jim Zorn after he was fired at the end of last season. In case you didn’t realize, he’s found another job. And so far, he seems like a pretty good fit for his new position.

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun writes about Zorn, now the Baltimore Ravens quarterback coach, and how he’s tutoring quarterback Joe Flacco. It’s the first time Flacco has worked with a coach who’s actually played the quarterback position in the NFL (see Zorn's stats here ), and so far, the partnership is going well.

"Jim's been great," Flacco told the newspaper. "He's a great guy, down to earth, real relaxed. He's been a great coach so far. I love every part of him being my coach, and I think the other guys are really liking him a lot, too. He has a lot to teach.”

Remember: the last time Zorn was a quarterbacks coach, he helped Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck to three Pro Bowl appearances earlier this decade. Forget his disastrous two-season run as Washington’s head coach. The man is a heck of an assistant.

--Josh Katzowitz

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