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Joe Flacco enjoying work with Gino Gradkowski

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When the Ravens made a trade with the Colts to acquire A.Q. Shipley, the word in Baltimore is that Shipley would serve as competition for Gino Gradkowski as the team tries to replace Matt Birk at center.

Training camp is still ahead, but it doesn’t sound like there’s much that Gradkowski is struggling with in his second NFL season. Tackle Bryant McKinnie said that he has “a lot of confidence” in Gradkowski and quarterback Joe Flacco said that Gradkowski has quelled any concerns he had about working with someone other than Birk.

“I know I loved taking the snap from Matt because I could basically stand straight up because he was so high,” Flacco said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “I was a little bit worried about Gino at first, because I didn’t think he was going to be like that, but he’s been great. I’ve been comfortable underneath of him, and like I said, he’s a bright guy. He’s picked the offense up quickly and he’s making all of his calls quickly and getting our offense going and allowing us to set that tempo.”

John Eisenberg of the Ravens website calls the center job Gradkowski’s to lose, something that certainly fits with the strong reviews that Gradkowski has gotten from his teammates. Seamless transitions are rare in the NFL, but the signs are pointing toward the Ravens coming awfully close to one this year.

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41 Responses to “Joe Flacco enjoying work with Gino Gradkowski”
  1. blackandbluedivision says: Jun 20, 2013 10:28 AM

    Something very weird about a QB expressing his love for his Center and the way he snaps the ball.

  2. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 20, 2013 10:28 AM

    Flacco and Gradkowski are going to be an awesome team. These two great draft moves by Ozzie the genius will have that withering Steeler DL wheezing all day long.

  3. arpy911 says: Jun 20, 2013 10:33 AM

    “I could basically stand straight up because he was so high,” Flacco said. ”I was a little bit worried about Gino at first, because I didn’t think he was going to be like that, but he’s been great. I’ve been comfortable underneath of him.”

    The jokes write themselves.

  4. tsuscrumhalf says: Jun 20, 2013 10:37 AM

    The O should be a strength of this team. Lost 3 starters, Birk & Boldin & Leach. Birk was eroding and Gradkowski may not be the ProBowler that Birk was, but the dropoff won’t be big & there’s a lot of upside. Gino has a nasty streak Birk didn’t, so that could be a good thing. Leach, was on the field for under 50% of snaps & the game is evolving away from FB position, new FB is more Hback/TE/FB combo – adds versatility.

    Boldin, while amazing in the post season, was not insanely productive in the regular season. If not for him, there wouldn’t be a Lombardi trophy last year. His loss will be felt in the post-season this year, if we make it. During the season, expect more spreading the ball around. Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones, Dennis Pitta, Ray Rice, Juice (new FB) will all see touches increased. Q wasn’t getting separation last year at all, which is why so many of his catches were contested & looked highlight reel-ish. He was becoming a slow WR, which is basically a TE. Look for his catches to now go to Pitta/Dickson/Rice-Pierce over the middle with Torrey & Jacoby stretching the D long.

    Looking forward to this O, with an all Blue Hen QB/C combo….

  5. jtbsteeler says: Jun 20, 2013 10:42 AM

    “When the Ravens made a trade with the Colts to acquire A.Q. Shipley,”

    Ozzie Newsome at his best. Other team players.

  6. scoobies05 says: Jun 20, 2013 11:17 AM

    and second, do the steelerts win without bettis, harrison, etc.

  7. ravenschick says: Jun 20, 2013 11:23 AM

    jtbsteeler says:Jun 20, 2013 10:42 AM

    “When the Ravens made a trade with the Colts to acquire A.Q. Shipley,”

    Ozzie Newsome at his best. Other team players.

    ******************************************

    Funny, if he sucks so bad, why did the Steelers draft AQ Shipley?

    BTW, Baltimore Ravens – Super Bowl 47 Champions.

  8. scoobies05 says: Jun 20, 2013 12:01 PM

    jb is so ravens obsessed he mentioned them in a steelers article yesterday. he knows the ravens are better than the steelers and he cant handle it. 2 years ago the lost to tebow and last year they missed the playoffs. in the same time frame ravens have won 2 division titles, went to 2 afc title games and won a superbowl

  9. bunkslurpscrabmustard says: Jun 20, 2013 12:12 PM

    Former Blue Hens are the first two guys touching the football on a Super Bowl team, unheard of.

  10. ahostiletakeover says: Jun 20, 2013 1:19 PM

    Gino more than held his own against two great defensive tackles in Geno Atkins (Geno is arguably the best in the league now, the Ravens’ own Ngata just hasn’t been himself the last two years with all of the injuries he has battled through) and Domata Peko in the season finale last year. That was his only extended playing time as a rookie and he didn’t give up much at all in the trenches and also helped the running game in that matchup big time as well. Birk was at the very end of his career, the way he was constantly blown up by Wilfork in the ’11 AFC championship was as big a reason for the Ravens loss in that one as Lee Evans/Sterling Moore’s good play and Billy Cundiff were. Gino has a way to go, but if he keeps it up the Ravens will be perfectly fine at center.

  11. Stiller43 says: Jun 20, 2013 1:47 PM

    “I was a little bit worried about Gino at first, because I didn’t think he was going to be like that, but he’s been great. I’ve been comfortable underneath of him,…”

    He should probably think before he speaks….

  12. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 20, 2013 2:17 PM

    jb is so ravens obsessed he mentioned them in a steelers article yesterday. he knows the ravens are better than the steelers and he cant handle it. 2 years ago the lost to tebow and last year they missed the playoffs. in the same time frame ravens have won 2 division titles, went to 2 afc title games and won a superbowl
    Thanks for the comic relief scoobie as jb is only doing what he sees you and Flacco Montana do daily. Pt meet kettle .

  13. scoobies05 says: Jun 20, 2013 3:19 PM

    and how about you just drooling for the chance to post on ravens news. perhaps you should meet the kettle too. and i need to know how the mighty moralistic steelers could ever stoop so low as to have a convicted felon on the team. a felon they signed after his jail term. smh at you and the steelers

  14. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 20, 2013 4:08 PM

    Hey nofool! Glad to see you trolling Ravens’ articles again. I’ve been monitoring the Steelers threads to see if anyone has been “accidentially” shot. So far, so good.

  15. larrydavid7000 says: Jun 20, 2013 4:24 PM

    Flucco is just that a fluke.!!!!!

  16. scoobies05 says: Jun 20, 2013 5:06 PM

    even if you are right larry(and trust me, you arent), he hS a ring. when was the last time your team was relevant

  17. ravanator says: Jun 20, 2013 5:14 PM

    Flacco and Gino will be fine, plenty of off season time to get on the same page.

    Joemontanaflacco and scoobies05, please stop embarrassing real Ravens fans, you two band wagon fans that started posting last year need to find a new team. Bet you two are girlfriend and boyfriend.

  18. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 20, 2013 5:54 PM

    scoobies05 says:
    Jun 20, 2013 3:19 PM
    and how about you just drooling for the chance to post on ravens news. perhaps you should meet the kettle too. and i need to know how the mighty moralistic steelers could ever stoop so low as to have a convicted felon on the team. a felon they signed after his jail term. smh at you and the steelers

    3 5 I think that should be obvious kettle. We learned it from the ravens….and our felons action didn’t cost any LIVES….yours did but you don’t care about something trivial as life you just crave Lombardi’s at any costs. Smh at your weak attempt to hide your fanboy tendencies . Lol.

  19. scoobies05 says: Jun 20, 2013 6:01 PM

    typical steelers fan logic from nofool. as long as you can justify the steelers doing it its ok. its a felony but man we need a receiver so its ok. as far as ray…not even going to try anymore….you wouldnt know the truth if it bit you. smh and lol at the orginization that has had more players arrested then the ravens

  20. larrydavid7000 says: Jun 20, 2013 6:33 PM

    @scoobies05 A my team has 3 SB Trophies CLOWN and last I counted 3 is better than 2 LOSER!!!!!! The team from Cleveland ravens.

  21. scoobies05 says: Jun 20, 2013 8:40 PM

    the skins have a long and notable history larry. but u failed to answer my question. when were the last relevant

  22. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 20, 2013 9:33 PM

    Jun 20, 2013 6:01 PM
    typical steelers fan logic from nofool. as long as you can justify the steelers doing it its ok. its a felony but man we need a receiver so its ok. as far as ray…not even going to try anymore….you wouldnt know the truth if it bit you. smh and lol at the orginization that has had more players arrested then the ravens

    Typical raven logic from a supporter of a Lombardi at any cost…two dead guys, a wife drug by a car etc….don’t even begin that weak sauce scoobie…. Our arrests are not involving deaths yours will always carry the Ray Lewis stigma. Smh you’ll be defending that forever lol.

  23. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 20, 2013 9:51 PM

    Joe Flacco: 19th best player in the NFL.
    Ray Rice: 13th best.
    R-Booger: 61st. Awwwwwww. Too bad.

  24. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 20, 2013 10:17 PM

    He’ll get the gig because he is shorter. 75% of their offensive plays are short, dump passes that barely clear the line. The other 25% of the play book calls for illegal chopblocks and holds, especially on Big Snack, Keisel & Co.

    Gradkowski is a perfect fit for that scheme. Flacco too.

  25. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 20, 2013 10:24 PM

    So far, Ravens have six players in the top 100. Steelers only have three. Nos. 61, 91, and 97. Sad.

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 21, 2013 8:38 AM

    Hey scoobs, every team is irrelevant at this point in the season. For someone who bashes people for bringing up past accomplishmments, you should know that.

    Or maybe the relevancy angle is your workaround to brining up the past. Your hypocrisy will get a pass this year because you’re the defending champs, but beyond that….

  27. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 21, 2013 9:53 AM

    So far, Ravens have six players in the top 100. Steelers only have three. Nos. 61, 91, and 97. Sad.

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    So far the steelers have six Lombardi’s ….happy.

  28. scoobies05 says: Jun 21, 2013 12:42 PM

    spin it any way you want nofool. your team employs felons so stop acting like they are “morally superior”. they are not any better than any other team. and i have facts supporting my defense. not my fault if you choose to ignore them

    crown…always enjoy your comments. keep up the good times buddy

  29. lovefootball4life says: Jun 21, 2013 3:04 PM

    crownofthehelmet says: Jun 20, 2013 10:17 PM

    He’ll get the gig because he is shorter. 75% of their offensive plays are short, dump passes that barely clear the line. The other 25% of the play book calls for illegal chopblocks and holds, especially on Big Snack, Keisel & Co.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Hey if it wins another championship I’ll be fine with it. To the football knowledgeable those “dump passes” are actually are screen plays to our top flight RB. It is interesting to note that during the regular season (skip the playoffs) Ben had less than half the number of 20+ or 40+ yard passes than Flacco last year. So yeah I guess Flacco throws all the check downs right? Which is it? Is he check down Joe or jump ball Joe? Neither holds up to the facts.

  30. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 21, 2013 4:11 PM

    @lovefootball, you’re comparing Flacco’s SB year to Ben’s injury-riddled 8-8 season. Nice work, Mr. Cherry.

  31. scoobies05 says: Jun 21, 2013 5:06 PM

    but i thought ben was having a great season. injuries cost you guys the superbowl. even tho ben couldnt get them over 23 pts mr cherry

  32. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 21, 2013 8:54 PM

    Either Roethlisbooger is injured or he’s being suspended for rape. The guy always seems to have an “excuse” for dragging his team down the toilet. Now, he’s teamed up with an illegal gun toting felon. And Belichick thinks HE’S got problems! My word!

  33. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 22, 2013 1:25 AM

    I’ll give you that scoobie. But even the fact he missed multiple games with injury, you can’t compare the number of 20/30+ yard passes. I don’t have the time or energy to research, but I have to think Ben’s season up the injury was better than Flacco’s up to the same point.

  34. lovefootball4life says: Jun 22, 2013 9:34 AM

    But wait, I just used the regular season numbers. You say Joe is average at best and he got lucky during the playoffs. When I show you he threw down field more times than Ben by 2x your excuse is Ben’s injury riddled season. Don’t use the excuse Ben missed games because his pass attempts were pretty close on the season. I don’t get it. Then taking a page from nofool’s play book you resort to name calling when you don’t have facts.

  35. lovefootball4life says: Jun 22, 2013 9:44 AM

    Crown I’m not trying to do a QB comparison. Honestly I believe Flacco has to prove he can play consistently at a high level. I also believe that high level doesn’t mean he has to pass for 5000 yards and 40 tds because that is an unbalanced offense and Ravens have good running backs. I am trying to point out that he doesn’t check down as much as you want to think he does by comparing his relevant numbers to Ben.

  36. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 22, 2013 10:41 AM

    lovefootball4life says:
    Jun 22, 2013 9:34 AM
    But wait, I just used the regular season numbers. You say Joe is average at best and he got lucky during the playoffs. When I show you he threw down field more times than Ben by 2x your excuse is Ben’s injury riddled season. Don’t use the excuse Ben missed games because his pass attempts were pretty close on the season. I don’t get it. Then taking a page from nofool’s play book you resort to name calling when you don’t have facts.

    0 0 Distorting the facts much Mr Cherry? I guess being a homer makes you above being biased and all knowing . Hitch up your big boy pants and grow a pair sissy.

  37. scoobies05 says: Jun 22, 2013 10:55 AM

    is there actually a relevant football comment in there nofool.

  38. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 22, 2013 11:41 AM

    I am not sure you are qualified to discern relevancy considering some of the gems you have posted on steeler threads Mr Kettle…what’s your point? Oops forgot Raven rules my ad.

  39. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 22, 2013 1:35 PM

    Cherry picker, liar, homer, infant, eunuch, sissy, hypocrite, idiot. Obviously, I’m doing a little paraphrasing but these are the insults that Nofool managed to spew in just two posts. I assume this bravado is confined to the Internet since anyone who did this in person would forever be nursing facial fractures.

  40. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 22, 2013 3:46 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Jun 22, 2013 1:35 PM
    Cherry picker, liar, homer, infant, eunuch, sissy, hypocrite, idiot. Obviously, I’m doing a little paraphrasing but these are the insults that Nofool managed to spew in just two posts. I assume this bravado is confined to the Internet since anyone who did this in person would forever be nursing facial fractures.

    2 0 First off I know your are speaking from experience and of course you must resort to violence…the Baltimore answer to discourse. Paraphrasing is ok , but lying is not …stick to the former you are a horrible liar. You are what you are and you ain’t what you ain’t…. Very sensitive for someone constantly insulting Pittsburgh,it’s fans, and the city. You have zero room to judge.

  41. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 22, 2013 3:54 PM

    Jun 20, 2013 1:25 PM
    “Hosting the draft in RCMH is unwatchable. It stinks that the same bunch of drunks boo and curse Goodell and rival team’s picks.”

    Yeah! Why not give the Pittsburgh drunks a chance to boo and curse Goodell and rival teams’ picks? Heck, the whole town could get plastered and act like a bunch of vile, profanity spewing maniacs.

    Wait. I’ve just described a home game at Heinz field, haven’t I?

    You have no room to judge as evidenced by the above post. Sshh

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