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Joe Flacco rips the Wildcat as “high school offense”

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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has once again criticized the Wildcat offense that Baltimore employed on Sunday.

Flacco, who said after Sunday’s game that he wants to line up behind the center, and not at wide receiver while backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor takes snaps in the Wildcat, went into greater detail today.

“I think it makes you look like a high school offense,” Flacco said, via Clifton Brown of CSNBaltimore.com.

Flacco said the Ravens’ coaching staff understands his frustration, and that he does not expect the Ravens to use the Wildcat again this season.

“They know how I feel about it,” Flacco said.

Taylor was generally ineffective in the Wildcat on Sunday against the Jets, but then again “generally ineffective” pretty well describes the Ravens’ offense with Flacco at quarterback this season, too. Flacco has followed an offseason in which he signed a $120 million contrct with a regular season in which his passer rating plummeted to a career-low 76.8. The best way for Flacco to show the Ravens don’t need the Wildcat is for him to start playing like a $120 million quarterback when he is behind the center.

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  1. blowpackblow says: Nov 26, 2013 1:54 PM

    Does he think he is in 7th grade then?

  2. bucrightoff says: Nov 26, 2013 1:55 PM

    Ironic coming from a guy with high school level QB skills.

  3. eatitfanboy says: Nov 26, 2013 1:55 PM

    Both contentions in this article are correct.

    The wild cat is a high school offense and the last person on earth who should be complaining about it is Joe Flacco.

    If you were getting it done, Joey Boy, they wouldn’t be looking for other ways to spark the offense.

  4. beardinals says: Nov 26, 2013 1:57 PM

    Joe Flacco: Best QB Evuuuh!!!

  5. sdcameron says: Nov 26, 2013 1:57 PM

    You make way more than you should Flacco, stop the complaining.

  6. skinsfolife says: Nov 26, 2013 1:59 PM

    Joe is a high school QB.

  7. tennis22drew says: Nov 26, 2013 1:59 PM

    It was pretty hilarious to see him line up out wide, and not move when the ball was snapped

  8. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 26, 2013 1:59 PM

    The kind of contract he signed should be reserved for the Brady, Manning, Brees, and Rodgers of the world.

    He and Romo do not warrant that kind of money.

  9. citizenstrange says: Nov 26, 2013 2:00 PM

    When you have an anemic quarterback who can’t score points you either need defensive touchdowns or trick gimmick plays to get a win.

    e.g. Both of Roethlisbergr’s Super Bowl wins.

  10. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 26, 2013 2:00 PM

    Steelers are the greatest franchise the world has ever seen. This is known. What isn’t known is the fact that after we win the Super Bowl this year, we will be leaving the NFL to start the SFL, where real football will be played again.

    Glory

    ~ 6 rings

  11. 12strikes says: Nov 26, 2013 2:01 PM

    Considering that Flacco’s skills are the same as a H.S. QB, he should feel right at home with the wildcat.

  12. indytom87 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:01 PM

    Yet a few years ago, Flacco ran the “Statue of Liberty” play.

  13. gergie1957 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:02 PM

    The funny thing with him lined up in the reciever slot, the last place the ball is going to be thrown is his way. He’s right.

  14. vikingapologist says: Nov 26, 2013 2:02 PM

    They clipped this team big time! I am not a raven fan or a flacco supporter but to put it all on him is silly

  15. dirtdawg54 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:02 PM

    Plummeting? Um … We ain’t talking Tom Brady here. Flacco has had a rating over 90 once, twice has been 80 and change and his career average is 85. It may be a career low but he isn’t that far off his normal ineptitude.

  16. ilovemyravens says: Nov 26, 2013 2:03 PM

    Soooooooo I guess it’s his $120 million contract’s fault that most of his recievers and tight ends can’t get open or catch. Offensive line cannot pass or run block. Hmmm…I guess it’s his fault he cannot do everything….

  17. doe22us says: Nov 26, 2013 2:04 PM

    The problem is that Flacco is not a $120m QB, he struck when the iron was hot, but he is a mediocre to sometimes good QB at very best.

  18. apkyletexas says: Nov 26, 2013 2:04 PM

    Flacco should send $20 million of that money to Rahim Moore.

    And another $20 million to Anquan Boldin.

  19. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 2:06 PM

    29th in QB rating in NFL

    24th in completion percentage in NFL

    25th in yards per attempt in NFL

    17th in touchdowns in NFL

  20. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 2:06 PM

    “ELITE” joe flacco has the 5th most interceptions in the NFL.

  21. niz10rav55 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:07 PM

    Its funny how everyone hates on Joe for getting a big contract and he’s been there healthy or not playing in every game for the last 5+ years. That’s the market price for QB’s.

    Aaron Rodgers, is he living up to his massive contract while sitting out hurt for the past how many weeks? No one says anything about that. I think its time to stop talking about JOE FLACCO and his “Massive Deal”. Its super old and redundant.

  22. niz10rav55 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:07 PM

    Or Matt Ryan, haha how are things working out for him this year. Its time for everyone to pump the breaks.

  23. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 26, 2013 2:08 PM

    6 7 rings.

  24. surfinbird1 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:08 PM

    Joe you tell them if they want you to line up at wide receiver you want a lot more money. Please do it soon.

  25. packerbackernj says: Nov 26, 2013 2:10 PM

    His contract will go down as Ozzie Newsome’s biggest mistake.

  26. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 2:10 PM

    “ELITE” joe flacco went to the richie incognito leadership academy.

  27. gsomatt says: Nov 26, 2013 2:10 PM

    At the pro level, why even leave the QB on the field? Send in another TE to pull and block for the RB.

  28. rockyburnette says: Nov 26, 2013 2:11 PM

    Joe Flacco is an above average NFL QB (with a ring.) It’s not his fault the Ravens signed him for Canton dollars. Without Bolden and Pitta I would not expect much more than the current production unless Rice make them load the box.

  29. raiderufan says: Nov 26, 2013 2:12 PM

    Whether the Wildcat was effective or not I think Joe looks like an a$$ standing there hands in warmer and then complaining multiple times in a week about it.

    I’d run it 15 times this week and make Joe run all the way off the field and get a drink while it’s being run this time.

    He just sounds like a whiney child to me.

    “RUN MY PLAYS!! WAHHHHH”

  30. flaccodelic says: Nov 26, 2013 2:13 PM

    GAHHHHH

    Please Joe, I beg of you: stop talking.
    Nothing good ever comes of it.

  31. seriously27514 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:13 PM

    Flacco’s passing makes it look like a high school offense

  32. provguard says: Nov 26, 2013 2:17 PM

    Flacco, for the quality of play you have given the Ravens does not even come close to earning what they gave you. Quietly go about you job – you aren’t that good to complain…

  33. steelerben says: Nov 26, 2013 2:18 PM

    Newsflash: drop back quarterbacks don’t want to line up out of position in a gimmicky offense. They want to line up under center where they feel like they can make a difference.

    Everyone can agree that the Wildcat is a high school kind of offense that you run when Tommy Quarterback twists his ankle in the cafeteria before the Big Game. This isn’t news, it is just a good chance to rip on Flacco for not playing up to his contract this season.

  34. Nickstixx says: Nov 26, 2013 2:19 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:Nov 26, 2013 2:06 PM

    29th in QB rating in NFL

    24th in completion percentage in NFL

    25th in yards per attempt in NFL

    17th in touchdowns in NFL
    —————————————————
    And don’t forget the most important one

    1st in average salary in the NFL…

    LOL

  35. psuorioles says: Nov 26, 2013 2:21 PM

    I’ll take my high school caliber QB that happens to be the reigning SB MVP… Just curious, who is the QB of the team from all the fans talking ish on Flacco??

  36. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 26, 2013 2:22 PM

    Colin Kaepernick and the niners are offended that Flacco compared the wildcat to a high school offense. They’ve been running a high school offense for a full season now…lol

  37. uwsptke says: Nov 26, 2013 2:23 PM

    I generally give Ozzie Newsome quite a bit of credit as being one of the more savy GM’s out there. I know the cap space was tight, but I’m pretty sure most people know this whole thing was going to blow up as soon as he gave away his security blanket (Boldin) and gave Flacco a ridiculous amount of money.

    As Red Foreman once sarcastically stated, “Who could have foreseen this unfortunate turn of events?”

  38. raiders85 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:23 PM

    And only hitting on half of your throws and if it’s not a go route he can’t complete it so does. that make you a high school qb they say some qbs can make all the throws ol joe can make one half the time

  39. diabetic1010 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:23 PM

    ilovemyravens says: Nov 26, 2013 2:03 PM

    Soooooooo I guess it’s his $120 million contract’s fault that most of his recievers and tight ends can’t get open or catch. Offensive line cannot pass or run block. Hmmm…I guess it’s his fault he cannot do everything….

    ————————————————————–

    Actually, yes the contract does have something to do with the Ravens not having money they could use to bring in actual talent (or keep talent coughBoldincough) being tied up in that very lucky bird-like-thing you guys call a Quarterback.

  40. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 26, 2013 2:31 PM

    That explains why their defense would get smoked by a HS offense.

  41. southpaw2k says: Nov 26, 2013 2:33 PM

    Considering the Ravens are paying Flacco $6.7 million this season, I do not understand why non-Ravens fans are calling Flacco a waste of $120 million.

    And before anyone else jumps in with a stupid response like, “Because that’s what his contract is worth,” let me cut you off and tell you NFL contracts are not worth the paper they are printed on. The guaranteed money and salary cap hits are what matter. Eighteen contracts since 2001 were valued over $100 million, four of which were just signed this past off-season (Flacco, Rodgers, Ryan, and Romo). Of those other 14 contracts, only 6 players are currently playing under them.

    The point here is that nobody gets paid the full amount of their contract in the NFL. Flacco won’t either, so anyone saying he isn’t worth “all that money” doesn’t know what he/she is talking about.

  42. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 26, 2013 2:35 PM

    Flacco’s just trying to create a diversion so Oz doesn’t notice that Caleb Hanie is on the market.

  43. flavadave10 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:38 PM

    As much hate as Flacco gets for his contract, why the heck doesn’t the media blast Matt Ryan? He has a bigger contract than Flacco and is doing worse.

  44. bigbenownsthenfl says: Nov 26, 2013 2:41 PM

    after this steeler sweep and beatdown on thanksgiving.. it wont matter anyways. the beatdown is coming its just a matter of how bad.. me thinks. steelers 38 ratbirds 19 final

  45. richndc says: Nov 26, 2013 2:42 PM

    He failed to mention about the one he “ripped” at a fundraiser two weeks ago. Right in front of a cake with lit candles!!!! Some of us are still waiting for our eyebrows to grow back!!!! gawd Joe!!!!

  46. bjsdad says: Nov 26, 2013 2:44 PM

    gergie1957 says:
    Nov 26, 2013 2:02 PM
    The funny thing with him lined up in the reciever slot, the last place the ball is going to be thrown is his way. He’s right
    ————————————————

    maybe you should google Flacco catches 43 yard pass

  47. southpaw2k says: Nov 26, 2013 2:44 PM

    diabetic1010 says:
    Nov 26, 2013 2:23 PM
    ilovemyravens says: Nov 26, 2013 2:03 PM

    Soooooooo I guess it’s his $120 million contract’s fault that most of his recievers and tight ends can’t get open or catch. Offensive line cannot pass or run block. Hmmm…I guess it’s his fault he cannot do everything….

    ————————————————————–

    Actually, yes the contract does have something to do with the Ravens not having money they could use to bring in actual talent (or keep talent coughBoldincough) being tied up in that very lucky bird-like-thing you guys call a Quarterback.

    ————————————————

    Okay Mr. Armchair GM – please tell me exactly what the Ravens should have done with Flacco. The options are as follows:

    1. Let him walk as an unrestricted free agent. Should any other team sign him, the Ravens get an extra first round pick in the 2013 NFL draft. (Bear in mind the QBs available in that draft, as well as other QBs on the market this past off-season).

    2. Franchise him, which would tie up over $20 million in cap space, vs the $6.7 million he currently occupies under his contract.

    Also, if you suggest the Ravens should have let him walk, what else would they do with that money? Re-sign Ed Reed, Paul Kruger, Anquan Boldin, and/or Dannell Ellerbe? Reed is done, Kruger and Ellerbe aren’t worth what they were paid elsewhere, and Boldin has only had a couple games this season where he made major offensive contributions.

    Also bear in mind the Ravens DID bring in talent, primarily on defense. Elvis Dumervil, Daryl Smith, and Chris Canty are three notable guys brought in once the Ravens had money to work with they wouldn’t otherwise have had if they didn’t re-sign Flacco.

    I sincerely hope you have an answer. You obviously care enough to say the Ravens shouldn’t have offered Flacco that contract, so to suddenly say something like “it’s not my job to make that call,” is a cop out.

  48. leksington says: Nov 26, 2013 2:44 PM

    diabetic1010 says:
    Nov 26, 2013 2:23 PM

    Actually, yes the contract does have something to do with the Ravens not having money they could use to bring in actual talent (or keep talent coughBoldincough) being tied up in that very lucky bird-like-thing you guys call a Quarterback.

    ————————————————

    Pssst. Flacco’s cap number is under $7 million. Try again.

  49. eatitfanboy says: Nov 26, 2013 2:46 PM

    indytom87 says:
    Nov 26, 2013 2:01 PM
    Yet a few years ago, Flacco ran the “Statue of Liberty” play.

    He looks like the Statue of Liberty on every play.

  50. bonniebengal says: Nov 26, 2013 2:47 PM

    Wow, Flacco is feeling a little threatened, isn’t he? He’s coming off as a bit of a jerk here.

  51. elcampion2 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:47 PM

    why is it that the critics talk about this guys contract impact on this year’s team? His cap hit is lower this year than last ($4.6M) so how did he cause us to lose players?
    And has anyone checked Boldin’s stats against the guy that replaced him? (Marlon Brown – Rookie) Both have 5 TD’s
    Last thing, please pronounce his name correctly; It’s ‘Super Bowl MVP’ Joe Flacco.

  52. packfanbearsstillsuck says: Nov 26, 2013 2:50 PM

    steelersaregodsteam – so you are hanging your hat on SB rings?? You have a ways to go to reach the 13x World Champion Green Bay Packers. This is why GB is Titletown USA.

  53. kpizzow says: Nov 26, 2013 2:51 PM

    #allJoeFlaccodoesisWIN

  54. tedmurph says: Nov 26, 2013 2:54 PM

    Flacco is making himself look selfish and bad. He just got paid and now he’s having a bad season. Even if he doesn’t like the wildcat, it would be a lot smarter for him to say he’d do whatever it takes to win games. That’s what leaders do, that’s what Brady would say. Leadership is something Flacco knows nothing about

  55. titansbro says: Nov 26, 2013 2:54 PM

    Elite

  56. cactusdildo says: Nov 26, 2013 2:57 PM

    This clown doesn’t even support a super bowl being held in his home state. He is an average qb who was given an elite contract after looking great in the playoffs last year.. Sadly I agree with him. The wildcat works for athletic quarter backs which Flacco is not. It’s basically playing 10 on 11 when he lines up as a wide out. The defense knows he isn’t going to get the ball and shouldn’t even have to line up a defender on him.

  57. pitpenguinsrulez says: Nov 26, 2013 3:00 PM

    The Three O’s of Joe Flaccid

    OVERRATED
    OVERHYPED

    …and most importantly

    OVERPAID!!!!!!!

  58. shatho1 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:05 PM

    Flacco sounds like a high school kid whining about it just shut up and play what is called and move on

  59. guitarkevin says: Nov 26, 2013 3:08 PM

    Unless your team’s QB is Brees, P Manning, Brady, Rogers and maybe Rothlesberger you would love to have Flacco behind center, so stop the hate.

  60. ninetysixer says: Nov 26, 2013 3:11 PM

    meanwhile, the Steelers must spend time preparing for two seperate offenses on a short week. Brilliant move by the Ravens.

  61. robertocfg says: Nov 26, 2013 3:12 PM

    Flacco’s deal is $120 for 6 years. With his last extension/renegotiation last february, Tom Brady is earning $57 million over the next 5 years. Yeah, the Tom Brady that just mounted comeback on a 24-point deficit against the Broncos.

    Let that sink in.

  62. doe22us says: Nov 26, 2013 3:13 PM

    And has anyone checked Boldin’s stats against the guy that replaced him? (Marlon Brown – Rookie) Both have 5 TD’s
    Last thing, please pronounce his name correctly; It’s ‘Super Bowl MVP’ Joe Flacco.

    How many Yards does Marlin B have not all td’s/yrds are created the same. How many important catches has Brown made to convert first downs etc, compared to Boldin. You loose creadibility there once you compared the two.

  63. guitarkevin says: Nov 26, 2013 3:14 PM

    For all of you that think you know anything about Flacco – consume this.

    The Ravens did offer Joe a contract before the 2012 season – he turned it down.

    He then goes on to have a stellar postseason and says, shows me the money.

    You gotta pay the guy, period. And if the Ravens wouldn’t have, your team would have.

  64. alchemistcirca1979 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:14 PM

    wow, Steelers and the Ravens agree on something….it must be the holiday season.

  65. haterade999 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:18 PM

    So, does PFT just employ a bunch of sock-puppets to talk smack and create controversy?

    Because, if the people commenting here are real football fans, then I am ashamed to call myself the same.

    It seems math and logic are lost on most people here. Joe is still SB MVP making less this year than he did last. Remember that.

  66. cannonballdookie says: Nov 26, 2013 3:18 PM

    You don’t see teams with elite QB’s running the wildcat now, do you?

  67. jamaltimore says: Nov 26, 2013 3:22 PM

    Joe Flacco is a Superbowl MVP with more playoff wins than ANY other 6th year QB in NFL History.

    SUCK IT!

  68. keiselsbeard says: Nov 26, 2013 3:22 PM

    @citizenstrange: About Ur idiotic comment pertaining to Toethlisberger’s 2 Super Bowl wins, I’ll give U the defense helped in the 1st one, as did some other offensive members. Ben had a bad game, period. But if u honestly think the defense win Super Bowl XLIII, Ur a bigger idiot than i though. The D blew the game in rhe 2nd half & needed Ben to save the day in the last 2 1/2 minutes of the game. Try actually watching it, then formulate an opinion.

  69. southpaw2k says: Nov 26, 2013 3:22 PM

    doe22us says:
    Nov 26, 2013 3:13 PM
    And has anyone checked Boldin’s stats against the guy that replaced him? (Marlon Brown – Rookie) Both have 5 TD’s
    Last thing, please pronounce his name correctly; It’s ‘Super Bowl MVP’ Joe Flacco.

    How many Yards does Marlin B have not all td’s/yrds are created the same. How many important catches has Brown made to convert first downs etc, compared to Boldin. You loose creadibility there once you compared the two.

    ———————————————–

    Anquan Boldin 2013 stats: 52 catches, 724 yards, 5 TDs.

    Marlon Brown 2013 stats: 48 catches, 308 yards, 5 TDs.

    Boldin 2013 salary: $6 million

    Brown 2013 salary: $405,000

    Since everyone loves to pile on Flacco for not earning his contract, would you like to argue that Boldin is earning his $6 million this season?

  70. bmoreravens1012013 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:23 PM

    flacco’s game has been high school all year long.

  71. keiselsbeard says: Nov 26, 2013 3:23 PM

    * meant Roethlisberger above ^^^^^

  72. restonraven says: Nov 26, 2013 3:26 PM

    Show me a Super Bowl MVP QB, and I will show you one with great receivers. Rodgers had Jennings, Finley, Driver and Nelson. Peyton had Marvin, Reggie, Pierre and Dallas in their primes. Brees had Devry, Colston, Graham and Meachem. Flacco had Boldin, Torrey, Pitta & Jones. Flacco has just as many rings and Super Bowl MVPs as all of the above.

    I never understood all the hate on Flacco for cashing in after 5 straight playoffs, 2 division titles, 3 AFC championships and a world championship. Ryan (Julio Jones, Roddy White & Tony G) Romo (Dez, Miles & Witten) and Stafford (Megatron, Burleson) have done a whole lot less with a whole lot more for the same paycheck.

    Joe got some money love for past performance for sure but he earned it. Flacco is the reigning Super Bowl MVP – hate on ladies – hate on.

  73. diehardfootballfan says: Nov 26, 2013 3:27 PM

    Real team player aren’t ya eyebrows….
    Steelers are gonna make turkey soup out of you on Thursday night. For $120 mill, your complaining???? Wow, what a wuss..

  74. FinFan68 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:36 PM

    Know what else resembles a HS offense? Throwing the ball up for grabs and hoping your receivers can out-jump defenders

  75. coachjohnharbaugh says: Nov 26, 2013 3:38 PM

    we are the franchise that all you fools aspire your team to be.

    no one has more playoff appearances the last 5 years
    no one has more playoff wins the last 5 years
    no one has more world titles the last 5 years

    we are the standard. you all are chasing us.

  76. peymax1693 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:38 PM

    flavadave10 says: Nov 26, 2013 2:38 PM

    As much hate as Flacco gets for his contract, why the heck doesn’t the media blast Matt Ryan? He has a bigger contract than Flacco and is doing worse.

    Maybe it’s because Matt Ryan isn’t the one undermining his coaches by whining about their play calling?

  77. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 26, 2013 3:42 PM

    haterade999, I’m always amazed how some fans conveniently ignore this little thing called guaranteed money. Sheesh, and you call someone else a sock-puppet and illogical?

  78. diabetic1010 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:45 PM

    leksington says: Nov 26, 2013 2:44 PM

    diabetic1010 says:
    Nov 26, 2013 2:23 PM

    Actually, yes the contract does have something to do with the Ravens not having money they could use to bring in actual talent (or keep talent coughBoldincough) being tied up in that very lucky bird-like-thing you guys call a Quarterback.

    ————————————————

    Pssst. Flacco’s cap number is under $7 million. Try again.

    ————————————-

    Yep you’re right- for this year its 7, next two years it’s double that, year after its quadruple, and so on…point was that Flacco’s ridiculous contract (see current ranks above = ridiculous) creates limitations for other player’s future contracts that could help the team…..better?

    (good players generally want more money and long term contracts by the way, in case that wasn’t clear)

    Or we can just focus on this one year and how his contract #s haven’t caused any harm this season if we want, hows defending that title going?……. OR maybe fans can just hope for some more hail mary gifts from the football Gods to bring home another ring!

    Good luck, Flacco will need a lot more of it

  79. tictoccpthook says: Nov 26, 2013 3:52 PM

    It’s a team sport and Flattulence Joe is no team player. Too Bad Raven”s fans. Go Steelers.

  80. overratedsteelerhater says: Nov 26, 2013 3:55 PM

    lot of teams would take him in a minute.thats just the facts.hes having a off year.did anyone really think the ravens were going to win again this yr.i have been to so many playoff games in last 5 yrs i need to save some cash for next years SB run!!!!

  81. steelcurtainn says: Nov 26, 2013 3:56 PM

    How Appropriate….Joe Flacco and High school offense in the same sentence. He’s gonna look like high school again after this week.

  82. haterade999 says: Nov 26, 2013 3:56 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Nov 26, 2013 3:42 PM
    haterade999, I’m always amazed how some fans conveniently ignore this little thing called guaranteed money. Sheesh, and you call someone else a sock-puppet and illogical?
    _____________

    Hey crown … It’s 51 mil. Not 120. It’s 6/14/14 and signing bonus.

    Do you have a point? We’re still talking about math here.

  83. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 26, 2013 4:12 PM

    answer me this Flacco supporteres – if his salary is less money this year, and the Ravens can easily get out of the deal before it hits a crazy-high number, why in the world would Flacco sign a contract then? Wouldn’t he have been better off asking to get franchised for the next 2 years?

    Don’t answer, it’s because the Ravens are on the hook for a ton of guaranteed money. The only thing that keeping his cap # low this year does is push out the payment to future years. But they’re still on the hook, and therefore handcuffing them financially. I think their record supports that theory.

  84. zam0854 says: Nov 26, 2013 4:13 PM

    Joe “the tool” Flacco will not be attending the 2013-2014 NFL playoffs due to a sub-par division record and the kind of numbers (stats) that make a high school senior quite happy.

  85. baltimoresnativeson says: Nov 26, 2013 4:21 PM

    That wild cat nonsense won’t work against playoff teams if the Ravens sneak in. Joe is right, they need to continue to work on fundamentals and get better, not start relying on gimmicks.

  86. jacktheraven says: Nov 26, 2013 4:29 PM

    I agree with Joe. But, he should keep his opinions to himself and the team.

  87. IamtheBucsFan says: Nov 26, 2013 4:34 PM

    Come on Flacco. You just signed a big fat contract that pays you as one of the best. Shut up and play. It’s on you, big money guy.

  88. biglaj007 says: Nov 26, 2013 4:40 PM

    I have noticed one thing, fans of other team hates success. Flacco & the Ravens have being good for the past five years & some fans wish it was their team or QB. You can hate Flacco all you want but he got something to show for it. And teams better watch out because if they start a run, they will be a force to reckon with in January.

  89. southpaw2k says: Nov 26, 2013 4:42 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Nov 26, 2013 4:12 PM
    answer me this Flacco supporteres – if his salary is less money this year, and the Ravens can easily get out of the deal before it hits a crazy-high number, why in the world would Flacco sign a contract then? Wouldn’t he have been better off asking to get franchised for the next 2 years?

    Don’t answer, it’s because the Ravens are on the hook for a ton of guaranteed money. The only thing that keeping his cap # low this year does is push out the payment to future years. But they’re still on the hook, and therefore handcuffing them financially. I think their record supports that theory.

    ————————————————

    You’re almost half right.

    Flacco signed his deal because of the guaranteed money. Players don’t like being franchised because it only guarantees salary for that current season. If the player suffered a major injury, e.g. torn ACL, his long term financial status could be seriously impacted. So Flacco would never enjoy being franchised for even just one season, much less two seasons. Same goes for players across the league, even for your Steelers.

    As for future years, what you consistently ignore is that the Ravens’ other big money players – namely Suggs and Ngata – will be off the books by the time Flacco’s cap number hits $29 million. The Ravens will still have money to play with, even with that huge number. They can renegotiate the contract at that point as they need to, which was the plan all along.

    It’s also worth nothing that other players like Ray Rice could be cut because of their cap numbers. Rice’s cap number for next season is nearly $9 million, and he sure isn’t playing to the level expected on him. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him cut by March if his production doesn’t pick up big time in December.

    But hey, even if he is cut, I’m sure it’ll be all Flacco’s fault.

  90. kpizzow says: Nov 26, 2013 4:47 PM

    Hey robertocfg

    You mean the Tom Brady that Flacco has outplayed in the last 2 AFC championship games and is one Lee Evans drop away from going to 2 straight super bowls…that Tom Brady ? The guy that has beaten the Patriots 2 out of 3 times in Foxboro in the playoffs…that Joe Flacco…got it.

  91. purpleattack says: Nov 26, 2013 5:05 PM

    LOL I love a good Joe Flacco hate thread, as a Ravens fan it makes me LOL so hard at all the bashers of teams that haven’t even made the playoffs. Let alone won a superbowl.

  92. rcali says: Nov 26, 2013 5:45 PM

    What a Diva, especially with the quality of his performance this year. We all know the successful times of the past but that’s the past folks and the present isn’t worth that salary cap hit…..and the attitude.

  93. baltimoresnativeson says: Nov 26, 2013 6:45 PM

    Dude helped the ravens and the city of Baltimore get their 2nd Superbowl in 12 years.

    You guys can hate him / his contract / his attitude all you want.

    We love the guy here. Even if we miss the playoffs.

    Pretty sure everyone on this post would trade a Superbowl for a monster contract.

  94. njsteeler says: Nov 26, 2013 6:55 PM

    Joe is clown, and he proved it when he talked smack about Ray, and not knowing what he was talking about most of the time. Love him, or hate him you can’t deny that # 52 was not a great motivator. Way more of a leader than Joe could ever, or will ever be.

    Yo, where’s Joemontanaflacco, and his special brand of comedy?

  95. mlbbal52 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:58 PM

    Well then I suppose he should play better so they do not have to use gimmick offenses to get a spark…maybe this will wake him up…so far he’s a waste of money.

    Signed – a Ravens fan

  96. tedmurph says: Nov 26, 2013 7:03 PM

    This Flacco outplayed Brady stuff is ridiculous. Yes, the Ravens have beaten the Pats 2/3 times in the playoffs and 3/5 overall, after being owned before that. Flacco was going against one of the worst defenses in the NFL when playing NE. Brady was going against a much better D in the Ravens. To imply Flacco is even in the same zipcode as Brady is a joke. He got hot in the playoffs last yr. The rest of his career he’s been no better than the 10-14th best QB in the league, riding the backs of a great D and good running gm, and he’s worse than that this yr. Ozzie’s a great GM, but he’s gonna regret that contract long term

  97. baltimoresnativeson says: Nov 26, 2013 7:11 PM

    Nah, not so much. The Ravens Defense was ranked 17th last year. Maybe in past years your statement is correct, but not last year. Joe Beat Brady TWICE last year, once in Foxborough, with the defensed being even. He just beat him man, accept it, we all know Brady is a much better QB, but last year Joe got the better of him on an even playing field. Deal with it.

  98. josephgattuso says: Nov 26, 2013 7:14 PM

    Remember when Tom Brady had just as bad stats as Flacco this season? Remember how once he got all his weapons back all of a sudden he’s great again? Yeah, well Flacco still has the worst line in the league, the worst running game in NFL history, and no tight end.

    Flacco threw three straight touchdown passes in the second half up in Foxborough last year. Brady did nothing. Then Flacco had the highest Super Bowl QBR since 1994.

    But no, that’s not what important. What’s important is for Flacco to put up amazing stats while playing on a terrible offense with a dysfunctional system and moronic coaches. If he can’t do that, then he sucks.

  99. CKL says: Nov 26, 2013 7:45 PM

    restonraven says:
    Nov 26, 2013 3:26 PM

    Joe got some money love for past performance for sure but he earned it. Flacco is the reigning Super Bowl MVP – hate on ladies – hate on.
    _________________________________
    That’s the thing, if Ozzie really paid him for the past, that’s not really what he learned under BB. You can’t pay for the guy’s pasts, you pay for what you think they will give you in the future and the present.
    Ozzie seemingly always knows when to let guys walk, they usually get everything out of them. But I think I would have simply franchised Flacco this year after he decided to turn down what sounded like a really nice solid offer. If you are one of hte handful of QBs who truly make yourteam better, show it this yearwhen the defense is in transition and your security blanket plays for SF. I’d gladly rent him for a year at too high of a price when the team was in transition in order to avoid paying him a LT deal if he showed he was more of a cog in the machine under the FT. And yes, if they did that, and he ended up having a great year, they would be on the hook for even more money but I think they wouldn’t mind knowing they had to pay a little more to have a guy who has actually proven that with a lesser talented offense, he could help them rise up to playoff level. As I said,there aren’t but a handful of those guys.

  100. sgl42 says: Nov 26, 2013 9:34 PM

    I’m a huge Ravens fan but Flacco’s comments show just how much he’s NOT a leader. He doesn’t care what’s best for the team, he only cares what’s best for Joe Flacco. If his performances were better, the Ravens wouldn’t use the wildcat.

  101. eatitfanboy says: Nov 26, 2013 9:40 PM

    coachjohnharbaugh says:
    Nov 26, 2013 3:38 PM
    we are the franchise that all you fools aspire your team to be.

    no one has more playoff appearances the last 5 years
    no one has more playoff wins the last 5 years
    no one has more world titles the last 5 years

    we are the standard. you all are chasing us.

    =====

    Umm……..no.

    You have one “world title” in the last 5 years. The Giants have two.

    Nice try, though.

  102. lp0320 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:08 PM

    Joe Flacco had a good run last year. To pay him the amount of $ the Ravens organization has paid him has absolutely handcuffed their team as a whole.

    That being said, when you get the big contract, you need to produce and Joe’s just not doing that this year. If he has a problem with the wildcat offense, go to the coach in private. Do not open your mouth to the media, or else you end up looking like a whiney diva.

  103. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 26, 2013 10:12 PM

    Got it now southpawk2. Let me recap what you’ve educated me on: Flacco’s contract is not an issue because by the time the cap number hits $29M, all their big ticket veterans will be out. That formula should work well – your avg QB taking up 25% of the cap and surrounded by league-minimum guys. Thanks for clarifying how Flacco’s deal is a good one for the ravens.

  104. sgl42 says: Nov 27, 2013 12:12 AM

    Flacco’s comments show why he isn’t a leader. If he was a leader, Flacco would be concerned with what’s best for the Baltimore Ravens but instead, he’s concerned with what’s best for Joe Flacco.

  105. edisbetterthantroy says: Nov 27, 2013 7:52 AM

    So what happens if Joe and the Ravens continue to appear in the playoffs and/or win another Super Bowl? I’m certain you morons will still criticize him and demand he needs to prove himself.

  106. kpizzow says: Nov 27, 2013 8:33 AM

    But if you franchise someone – all that money goes against the cap THIS YEAR. All $22 million or whatever it its..so that is bad strategy. They would have less money to field a competitive team.
    No Joe won’t see all of the $120 million but he has earned every penny. So it’s a good deal for everyone.
    And yes the Ravens defense last year was NOT GOOD. 49ers came back and almost won because the defense couldn’t stop them – but the offense got it done.

  107. kpizzow says: Nov 27, 2013 8:40 AM

    @tedmurph
    That’s what’s funny…no one is saying Flacco is as good as Brady etc…but the reality has beaten 2 out of 3 times. Deal with it. Who cares what happened 10 years ago. Joe steps up in the playoffs. If that involves throwing 11 touchdowns and no picks great. If it involves throwing 9 total passes against the Pats because Brady is a turnover machine – he’ll do that. Again..all Joe does is win..

  108. itsfootballbaby says: Nov 27, 2013 12:00 PM

    Flacco is 100% right. The Ravens will not win with Taylor running the option. It’s a gimmick that will work once in a while and then D’s will shut it down. Most of those plays on Sunday were wasted downs.

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