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Flacco says Ravens have to adjust in pass game

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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco feels badly for Dennis Pitta, at a personal level.

At a professional level, Flacco knows there’s nothing he can do about the loss of his favorite tight end target, so he has to move on.

Flacco said the loss of his best friend to a season-ending hip injury doesn’t put more pressure on him as a quarterback, just makes him do things differently.

It doesn’t do anything really to me,” Flacco said, via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. “You love those guys when they are here. It’s pretty easy to realize the fact that they’re not here, so what are you going to do about it? You have to move on.

“We have a lot of talented players out there, and we feel good about what we have the ability to do. We’re just excited to go do it.”

If it were only Pitta, it would be one thing.

They’re also trying to figure out who’s replacing veteran wideout Anquan Boldin, who was traded to the 49ers in a cap cutting move. And backup tight end Ed Dickson could miss most of the preseason with a slight hamstring tear.

So while Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones have shown the ability to make plays outside, the middle of the field is unexplored territory for the guys on hand. Flacco mentioned Deonte Thompson and Tandon Doss as possibilities, but that’s a big step down, experience-wise.

“I think the one thing that Deonte gives you that you normally don’t have in the middle is that speed,” Flacco said. “Normally, those guys are on the outside. He gives you that speed in there. Tandon is that real strong-handed guy that can go up and make some catches for you. He’s got a good feel for how to run the routes in there.”

Now all they have to do is adjust, which could be the buzzword for the Ravens all season.

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39 Responses to “Flacco says Ravens have to adjust in pass game”
  1. z06vision says: Aug 7, 2013 7:39 AM

    Adjust from first to worst!

  2. vincentbojackson says: Aug 7, 2013 7:48 AM

    He then asked the media to again remind everyone that he still has “a lot of money and is going to make a lot of money”.

  3. reed20fence says: Aug 7, 2013 7:58 AM

    Along with everything else the Ravens rank pretty high up there in year-over-year player development.

    Deonte Thompson, Tandon Doss and Tommy Streeter are guys that had flashes of something in college and have the raw talent that has been developed over a couple of seasons now by the coaches and staff.

    Had Ozzie not trusted these guys to step up, it’s guaranteed they would have gone WR earlier in the draft and definitely would have shopped around in free agency. But they didn’t.

    What does that tell you?

  4. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 7, 2013 8:02 AM

    Bengals win the division, Ravens get a wild card and are one and done. Sorry Baltimore…

  5. dollarbill247 says: Aug 7, 2013 8:31 AM

    I just don’t see the Ravens doing better than 9-7 this year. Which could still get them into the playoffs. However, I just have a hunch this year will be more about Steelers and Bengals in the AFC North.

  6. jethrie says: Aug 7, 2013 9:17 AM

    The TE injuries will really help the chances of the Bengals to win the division. TEs have killed them the past few years b/c of shoddy MLB play.

  7. lovefootball4life says: Aug 7, 2013 9:45 AM

    “Now all they have to do is adjust, which could be the buzzword for the Ravens all season.”

    Don’t much care for the Ravens do you? The FIRST preseason game is just now about to be played. It might be a little early to make season predictions.

    Pitta’s lost hurts but that adjustment is done since they know he won’t return. Yes Dickson hurts but he will return and will be adjusted back in before the season. Yes Thompson and Doss don’t have the experience of Boldin. But they still have talent, and speed he didn’t have and that adjustment is already being made. The adjusting will get done and the offense will be centered around the pieces they do have healthy. That’s what coaches are for….

  8. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 7, 2013 10:16 AM

    In looking at the list of pass-catchers the Ravens have on roster, it’s almost like they forget that last year the receviers made the QB look good, not the other way around.

    For that matter, the RB’s and opposing D-back mistakes made him look good too.

  9. scoobies05 says: Aug 7, 2013 10:36 AM

    and yet the ravens took the superbowl and the great ben cost his team a few games with his propensity for game ending pick 6′s. i say going forward we talk about this year. and yes the ravens have bit hit by the injury bug. only good news is the injuries are early so hopefully more time to prepare and adjust. with the playoff capable teams it should be another interesting season in football’s best division

  10. heyzeus143 says: Aug 7, 2013 10:41 AM

    Or maybe I’ll just dump off to Rice or throw the ball waaaay downfield and hope for a flag or for the defender just to fall over, yea, pay me

  11. lovefootball4life says: Aug 7, 2013 10:44 AM

    I’m confused crown. The receivers roster lost only one guy they couldn’t afford – Boldin. Other than adding their rookies nothing else has changed. So you are saying they are a good receiving core because they made a poor QB look good. Tell your buddy jbtsteeler.

    Actually I don’t believe that logic but you can’t argue with the results of the passing game. You either have to say the receivers are good or the QB is good.

  12. jtbsteeler says: Aug 7, 2013 10:46 AM

    Can’t wait to see this offense. Ozzie has T.O. on speed dial.

  13. xinellum says: Aug 7, 2013 11:08 AM

    I clearly member three years ago or was it four, anyway, I remember when Mason and Heap left. Who was Flacco going to throw now hat his go to wide receiver and Heap was his safety valve were now gone. There isn’t any way the Ravens get to the playoffs. Well, Flacco made Smith and Pitta what they are and we went to the playoffs the last three years without the guys that were dismissed. Anyone who believes the ESPN idiot who tweeted Flacco doesn’t makes receivers better should look and see what Mason, Heap, Clayton, Washington, Whosyourmama, and Evans have done when Joe got done throwing to them. Only Clayton started off well with the rams but quickly succumbed to his injury bug and hasn’t had one year where he matched his Ravens stats and neither has anyone else on that list. Flacco will make either Tandon Doss or Deonte Thommpson a household name. Watch. Maybe

  14. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 7, 2013 11:37 AM

    The new guys have a chance and lots of motivation to shine and will likely humiliate the Steelers’ sputtering secondary. Suggs will be there to remind those waving their stupid towels that they should have signed Tebow. Hahaha. Can’t wait!

  15. scoobies05 says: Aug 7, 2013 11:41 AM

    no one can get through to owens. colbert is at his house begging him to come to pitt to play with plax and jericho.

  16. ravanator says: Aug 7, 2013 11:54 AM

    No pass attack this year. The nest continues to burn!! Browns and Bengals will be battling for top spot in the AFC North, Ratbirds and Steelers will be basement dwellers for years to come.

  17. dickjagger says: Aug 7, 2013 12:03 PM

    You trolls really make me laugh! even a Falcons fan has the nerve to say the Ravens will be one and done?! You’re talking about your own sorry team pal. And the steelers? That team will continue fall as the Haley/Pig Ben thing will be the catalyst for their implosion (well that and overpaying has been players.) The Bengals look good on paper but they are after all still the Benagals and weather Dalton will ever be a legit QB remains to be seen?

    The defending champs will be fine.

  18. baltimoresnativeson says: Aug 7, 2013 1:18 PM

    Boldin was such a beast he comanded a 6th round pick. And Pitta is such an all star he commanded a second round tender. Flacco won the superbowl with a 17th ranked defense and a little above average receivers. You guys have so much Ravens hate it clouds your reasoning.

  19. baltimoresnativeson says: Aug 7, 2013 1:19 PM

    *commanded

  20. johnnybgood19 says: Aug 7, 2013 2:34 PM

    Let us be clear. The last time the two team met (STEELERS vs ravens) the STEELERS won with a third string forty-two year old at Quarterback. the ravens may have won the SB but the STEELERS still own the ravens…..

  21. scoobies05 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:00 PM

    RAVENS and steelers split last year and in 2012 the ravens swept the division. ravens i believe have won 3 straight at heinz field. next

  22. johnnybgood19 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:06 PM

    19 to 15 regular season

    3 to 0 in the playoffs

    next.

  23. ravc82 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:09 PM

    johnnybgood19 says:
    Aug 7, 2013 2:34 PM
    “Let us be clear. The last time the two team met (STEELERS vs ravens) the STEELERS won with a third string forty-two year old at Quarterback. the ravens may have won the SB but the STEELERS still own the ravens…..”

    Just going off of your simpleton math, and idiotic statement at that- that means Charlie Batch is better than Big Ben since we beat you earlier in the season when you had #7. And as Scoobs pointed out and the point I was going to make, we beat you the three times leading up to the last game. Please get off of your mom’s computer and let the adults debate.

  24. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 7, 2013 3:29 PM

    ravc82 says:

    Just going off of your simpleton math, and idiotic statement at that- that means Charlie Batch is better than Big Ben since we beat you earlier in the season when you had #7.
    —————————————————–
    wrong again rav, Leftwich was playing. Ben didn’t play you last season. But yes, Batch was better than Leftwich.

  25. ravc82 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:42 PM

    I stand corrected- was thinking about 11-12′ season.

  26. scoobies05 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:53 PM

    i always thought regular season stats. all that mattered was rings. and in the ravens era. 2 to 2. now here comes an arguement. i am well aware of the steelers 6 rings. and its very impressive. not trying to diminish it. your turn

  27. jacktheraven says: Aug 7, 2013 4:15 PM

    When your team finishes 8-8, and the team you hate the most wins the SB, you HAVE to hang on to something. Johnnybegood hangs onto the old man Batch victory. That’s fine if it makes him feel better.

  28. jacktheraven says: Aug 7, 2013 4:19 PM

    @ scoobie- 6 rings is great, but other teams have more. NFL didn’t start when they changed the Championship Game name to SB. That’s not fair to other teams that have more.

  29. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 7, 2013 4:27 PM

    scoobie, it’s close, I’ll give you that. But Steelers have been more succesful post 95:

    SB’s – 2 to 2
    AFC Champs – 3 to 2
    Division Champs – 8 to 4
    Palyoff apperances – 10 to 9

  30. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 7, 2013 10:06 PM

    Can’t wait to see these self entitled Steelers’ fans get knocked off their high horse once and for all. You can’t Win a Superbowl anymore, you can’t even win a first round playoff game anymore. In fact, you just can’t win anymore. See seasons 2010-12 if you don’t believe me.

  31. scoobies05 says: Aug 8, 2013 7:14 AM

    couldnt agree with you more jack. the nfl has ben around since the 1920′s but some fans of a certain team dismiss all titles won before the super bowl era because they didnt win any. if they did, they would certainly count those titles. again, not to dismiss 6 sbs, but the nfl existed before super bowls and those titles count too

  32. scoobies05 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:44 AM

    big picture crown, you are right. but the 2 franchises are tied in that time frame for the big prize. thats all i am saying

  33. guitarkevin says: Aug 8, 2013 12:34 PM

    The Ravens have proven over the last 5 years, through all sorts of adversity, that they are one of the best teams in the league.
    If you can’t see that then you are blind.

  34. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 8, 2013 1:10 PM

    couldnt agree with you more jack. the nfl has ben around since the 1920′s but some fans of a certain team dismiss all titles won before the super bowl era because they didnt win any. if they did, they would certainly count those titles. again, not to dismiss 6 sbs, but the nfl existed before super bowls and those titles count too

    Of course the titles count, but more people consider the SB as THAe championship that counts. So you count what you want but realize you are the in the minority. If your team had six you would most assuredly feel that way unless you were just dissing the steelers.

  35. sbchampsagain says: Aug 8, 2013 2:38 PM

    How will the Steelers beat the Ravens this year?

    Their best player, Charlie Batch retired!

    And Big Ben got smoked the last 2 times he played the Ravens!

  36. scoobies05 says: Aug 8, 2013 2:43 PM

    no sir…not dissing the steelers at all. like i said in my original post, 6 titles in the sb era is quite a feat. no one else had done it. i guess a comparison may be the yankees havin 27 world titles. should we only count the ones after 1961 when baseball expanded. the nfl championship has been in existence for 90 plus years. it was only after 1967 when the merger happened and they gave the game a name. and as i also said, im sure steeler fans would cant pre sb titles if they had any

  37. jacktheraven says: Aug 8, 2013 4:28 PM

    @Nofool. Like I said a championship is a championship. Is a championship won in 1966 worth less than one in 1976? Just because of a name change? Go ahead and take your poll. Make sure you get out of Pittsburgh. Make sure you ask Green Bay and Cleveland.

  38. ampatsisahypocrite says: Aug 9, 2013 1:33 AM

    Flacco looked great tonight with the early-game interception. Afterwards he was quoted by the media, “hey look, that one fluke playoff run came just at the perfect time and erased the other five mediocre years of my career. So I got the big contract locked up. Who CARES what happens now? Oh, and who wants nuggets, I’m headed for the drive-through…”

  39. scoobies05 says: Aug 10, 2013 3:24 PM

    ampats…the idea of sports is to win…and joe flacco has been better at doing that than any other qb in the nfl in the last 5 years.

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