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Ray Rice: This is Joe Flacco’s offense

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Everything we heard this offseason about the Ravens offense indicated that quarterback Joe Flacco would be carrying a bigger load than in past years.

We saw it in action in the preseason when the Ravens used a no-huddle offense that put Flacco at the controls. It was an effective attack that met with Flacco’s approval to the point that he called the Ravens a “total no-huddle” team on offense. We’ll see if that’s the case, but running back Ray Rice left no doubt about who is the focal point of the offense this season.

“In pecking order, this is Joe’s offense, then everybody else. And he’s proven that this preseason with how he’s played, his tempo, how vocal he is, and the quiet Joe phase I think is pretty much over,” Rice said, via Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun. “He’s been outspoken — and I guess you guys get to see it more going into Year 5 — but for me and him, we came in together, and I think he’s going to prove to everybody why he’s a top quarterback in the league. And going into this game, I’m confident, he’s confident. I just can’t wait to get out there with the guys so we can go out there and show guys what he’s really capable of doing.”

It’s certainly setting up to be a year-long referendum on Flacco. With his contract expiring, Flacco’s going to get a chance to prove that he’s worth a fat new one while running an offense that doesn’t look like it will have much resemblance to the ones we’ve grown accustomed to in Baltimore.

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12 Responses to “Ray Rice: This is Joe Flacco’s offense”
  1. threatlevelbob says: Sep 7, 2012 11:40 AM

    Good luck Joe!

    (PS: Ozzie, please get this man an extension before he becomes too expensive)

  2. wadecounty93 says: Sep 7, 2012 11:42 AM

    If they don’t do something special this year I think they need to look at replacing Flacco, I just feel bad about what happened last year because I really wanted Ed Reed to get a ring, and I also hate the pats so I was pissed. But what ever happened to Troy Smith?

  3. burm61 says: Sep 7, 2012 11:44 AM

    It Flacco’s offense… until they don’t resign him and it’s Tyrod’s offense.

  4. thehuckster404 says: Sep 7, 2012 11:58 AM

    Harbaugh is letting Joe dictate how much he gets paid on next contract. Brilliant. If he fails, fans will cry for a new QB. If he is successful, he will justify a larger salary. Joe won’t be able to blame Cameron for leaving the training wheels on.

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 7, 2012 12:05 PM

    They’ll resign him, and to think anything else is just silly. He’s not going to land a monster contract or get “too expensive”.

    They’ll be back to going at least 50/50 on run/pass by midseason as “Average Joe” continues to be average.

  6. steelersownyou says: Sep 7, 2012 12:08 PM

    This organization from top down is in shambles.. Afcn basement coming up!

  7. coughlinsredcheeks says: Sep 7, 2012 12:15 PM

    So how long will it take for Ravens fans to blame Cameron for Joe’s mediocrity?

  8. humbleminded85 says: Sep 7, 2012 12:31 PM

    touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 7, 2012 12:05 PM

    They’ll resign him, and to think anything else is just silly. He’s not going to land a monster contract or get “too expensive”.

    They’ll be back to going at least 50/50 on run/pass by midseason as “Average Joe” continues to be average.
    —————————————————
    If Joe is average than what’s Matt Ryan? And don’t give me no”better team around him”crap because Joe has never had anything close to the R.White/J. Jones/T. Gonzo bunch Matt Ryan has.

  9. footballfan01 says: Sep 7, 2012 12:53 PM

    Luck is better.

  10. cpo187 says: Sep 7, 2012 1:49 PM

    HAHahaha, don’t be so modest Ray. Everyone knows this is your offense.

    Rice is a top 5 RB talent. Flacco is in the 18-25 QB talent. He gets more credit then deserved. With that Defense and Ray Rice, you just have to Dilfer a team to a Super Bowl.

  11. randallflagg52 says: Sep 7, 2012 4:42 PM

    touchdownroddywhite says:Sep 7, 2012 12:05 PM

    They’ll resign him, and to think anything else is just silly. He’s not going to land a monster contract or get “too expensive”.

    They’ll be back to going at least 50/50 on run/pass by midseason as “Average Joe” continues to be average.

    ==================================

    And Matt Ryan couldn’t even lead his team to a FG in the playoffs despite 3 or 4 all pro level skill players on his team.

    If Joe is average, what does that say about Ryan?

  12. axespray says: Sep 7, 2012 5:52 PM

    Cam; “NO Joe… what are you doing… quit running a super aggressive unpredictable offense, that’s not the way I coach darn it!”

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