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Vic Fangio has always been a big Flacco fan

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Long before he had to scheme against him in the biggest game of the year, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was a huge Joe Flacco fan.

Fangio was a Ravens assistant when Flacco was drafted, and in the early days of OTAs, Fangio told then-boss John Harbaugh they had a keeper.

“I remember his first sessions as a rookie, I said to John Harbaugh: ‘You have your horse to ride for 10 years, at least.’” Fangio said, via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I felt he could be a great quarterback in the league, and I still feel that way.”

Flacco has impressed everyone with his deep ball ability this posteason, but Fangio said he’s more than just a bombs-away passer.

“He’s got a big arm,” Fangio said.” He throws the ball effortlessly. The game isn’t too big for him. He’s calm. He’s confident. And he’s capable of making all the throws.”

Flacco’s thrown eight touchdowns and no picks this postseason, with a 114.7 record.

But most importantly, he has eight playoff wins, and the chance at number nine next weekend.

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23 Responses to “Vic Fangio has always been a big Flacco fan”
  1. mazblast says: Jan 25, 2013 11:06 AM

    He’s capable of making all the throws, and more importantly, he’s with a coach and OC who will LET him make the deep throws as well as the shorter stuff.

    One of my biggest gripes with NFL play-calling in the last decade-plus is the decrease in teams’ willingness to go for the big play. It’s always been lower percentage than the short stuff, of course, but it’s still a great weapon, psychologically as well as physically. In the early days of the “West Coast offenses”, teams still took their shots downfield. Now, it’s almost all dink-and-dunk, with fifteen-yard patterns considered “deep”.

  2. flaccodelic says: Jan 25, 2013 11:07 AM

    I’m the first to admit Flacco can look absolutely terrible at times during the regular season. But he always seems to find another gear in the postseason. Pretty well known that he and Cam didn’t see eye to eye. I’m not saying he’s an all time great or anything, but he has gotten crushed a lot for stuff his agent has said and then he’s responded to in less than brilliant ways. Hoping he gets a ring here just to shut the Skip Baylesses of the world up, however briefly.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 25, 2013 11:27 AM

    Speaking of Fangio and Flacco, anyone notice that Italian Americans seem to have the coaching positions in the league sewn up tighter than the Jersey gambling rackets? FBI should be looking into this.

  4. loveorhatethejets says: Jan 25, 2013 11:38 AM

    this really nothing wrong with this? niners should look in too this.

  5. southpaw2k says: Jan 25, 2013 11:42 AM

    Flacco is the anti-Peyton Manning. He’s got moments of greatness mixed with moments of frustration and bad judgment in the regular season, but he turns his focus up a notch or two come playoffs. He hasn’t had a bad playoff game since following the 2010 season, and he’s definitely turned himself into a major leader of not just the offense, but the entire team.

  6. dbones750 says: Jan 25, 2013 11:45 AM

    Flacco is elite among active QBs. He has the skillset to be one of the all-time greats, he just needs to keep doing it for another 10 years after Ray Lewis retires. Best deep ball in the league, receivers who can get under it, great coach/GM, an o-line, and even without Ray Ray, that defense is still pretty damn intimidating.

  7. jacktheraven says: Jan 25, 2013 11:56 AM

    Joe’s agent’s comments shoudn’offend anyone, if you listen to the whole comment and look at the source. Sometimes Joe doesn’t pass the eyeball test. He’ll get hurried and make some bad plays.
    Most experts can see beyond that and see a franchise QB.

  8. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 25, 2013 12:01 PM

    Especially now. There isn’t any other QB he’d rather have his D play against.

    He’s witnessed first-hand the chokability of Flacco, and can’t wait for his D to get a few of those common lollipops.

  9. jimiinpa says: Jan 25, 2013 12:08 PM

    southpaw2k says:Jan 25, 2013 11:42 AM

    Flacco is the anti-Peyton Manning
    ———————————————————-yeah , he wins playoff games

  10. doe22us says: Jan 25, 2013 12:19 PM

    Gone are the days when people used to say Joe Flacco doesn’t show enough emmotion blah blah. Not everyone is the rah rah type.

  11. ravenator says: Jan 25, 2013 12:27 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Jan 25, 2013 12:01 PM
    Especially now. There isn’t any other QB he’d rather have his D play against.

    He’s witnessed first-hand the chokability of Flacco, and can’t wait for his D to get a few of those common lollipops.
    ————————–

    The only lollipops thrown up were by Big Ben when he threw back to back pick 6s because your team is incapable of staying relevant. 8-8, reflect on that when your watching your bitter rival play in the Superbowl.

  12. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 25, 2013 12:56 PM

    Im excited for the 49ers, its been awhile since i seen em get this far, long ride, vic fangio is awesome, and that defense will do thier thing! Roman and the offense are retooled and Jim wont go 0-2

  13. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 25, 2013 1:00 PM

    Did he keep a straight face while saying this?

  14. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jan 25, 2013 1:03 PM

    Unfortunately for Flaco, he’s had to suffer thru “three yards and a cloud of boredom” coaches.

    If he had played for someone like Shawn Payton, he would be the best quarterback in the league right now, with one or 2 Superbowls.

  15. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 25, 2013 1:16 PM

    Ravenator, you meant they’re irrelevant except for Charlie Batch, right?

    You should hope your team lucks into a win next weekend, otherwise you’re destined for Eagles and Bills folklore of failure. I’m just hoping Joe doesn’t embarass the AFC North. I think we’ll both be disappointed.

  16. objectivefan says: Jan 25, 2013 1:31 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Jan 25, 2013 1:16 PM
    Ravenator, you meant they’re irrelevant except for Charlie Batch, right?

    You should hope your team lucks into a win next weekend, otherwise you’re destined for Eagles and Bills folklore of failure. I’m just hoping Joe doesn’t embarass the AFC North. I think we’ll both be disappointed.

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    Yeah…except the Ravens have already won a Super Bowl. If losing one Super Bowl puts you in folklore of failure, then you have no farther to look than the 2010 Steelers. Of course, I don’t agree with something so stupid.

    Funny how Roethlisberger being out is always an excuse…maybe if he stopped missing four games every season, we wouldn’t have this problem. Durability is an attribute too, and Flacco is very durable.

  17. it's all bs says: Jan 25, 2013 1:42 PM

    objectivefan says:
    Jan 25, 2013 1:31 PM

    Funny how Roethlisberger being out is always an excuse…maybe if he stopped missing four games every season, we wouldn’t have this problem. Durability is an attribute too, and Flacco is very
    durable.
    ____________________

    yea he’s so durable and yet he’s only just now playing in the SB…..and who said anything about Big Ben EXCEPT you….u all are in the big dance and all u can think about are the Steelers…..and that says it all!!

  18. ravenator says: Jan 25, 2013 2:28 PM

    Lets see, how many games has Ben missed the last five years? How many games has Flacco missed the last 5 years? I rest my case. Go look it up, it’s not even close to who’s the more durable QB….it’s obviously Joe Flacco.

    Now please continue spewing your hate. It’s too funny considering the team you bash is in the superbowl

  19. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 25, 2013 3:09 PM

    Lets see, how many games has Ben missed the last five years? How many games has Flacco missed the last 5 years? I rest my case. Go look it up, it’s not even close to who’s the more durable QB….it’s obviously Joe Flacco.

    Now please continue spewing your hate. It’s too funny considering the team you bash is in the superbowl

    1 0 Let me see how many times have the ravens made the Super Bowl in the last five years…one the steelers twice. Ben has two rings Joe has how many hater? You better win this time…any pressure..scared of having to face a loss…it will crush your entire world

  20. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 25, 2013 3:33 PM

    Hey biasedfan, how would Big Ben being out be an excuse for the Steelers – they won genius. Unless you meant it was the Raven’s excuse (whining) for losing.

  21. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 25, 2013 4:21 PM

    Funny how Roethlisberger being out is always an excuse…maybe if he stopped missing four games every season, we wouldn’t have this problem. Durability is an attribute too, and Flacco is very durable.

    Durable is outstanding, but I really like my Lombardi’s better…I hope Joe wins one so this comes off his back but until he does …durable just doesn’t mean sh– to me

  22. objectivefan says: Jan 26, 2013 12:39 AM

    Hey biasedfan, how would Big Ben being out be an excuse for the Steelers – they won genius. Unless you meant it was the Raven’s excuse (whining) for losing.

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    Yeah, after playing the Ravens how many times without Roethlisberger? It’s the NFL, and the Steelers have a great defense. Our defense was pretty bad in a lot of games including that one, Batch was able to move the ball. After repeatedly playing us with backup QBs you’re gonna gloat about how we lost once? We didn’t make any excuses after that game, it was a good win for the Steelers.

  23. objectivefan says: Jan 26, 2013 12:48 AM

    Durable is outstanding, but I really like my Lombardi’s better…I hope Joe wins one so this comes off his back but until he does …durable just doesn’t mean sh– to me

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    Durable means you’re not using a backup QB instead of your starter. He has nothing on his back, you act like it’s normal for QBs to win a Super Bowl in their first five seasons. Played the Steelers 8 times in his first 3 seasons, right in their prime. People act like he should have done better in 2008, wtf do you expect? A rookie QB to take down the best defense in the league? No, but it toughened him up.

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