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Ravens expect ex-Texans to help teach Kubiak’s offense

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The Ravens didn’t change head coaches this offseason, so they aren’t allowed to start their offseason workouts on Monday along with the teams that have made coaching changes.

Baltimore did change offensive coordinators, however, and installing Gary Kubiak’s offense will be a top priority when the team is permitted to start working in a couple of weeks. One thing that they expect to help them as they put the new scheme into place is the presence of several players who have played for Kubiak in Houston.

Tight end Owen Daniels, running back Justin Forsett and wide receiver Jacoby Jones all played for the Texans in the past and both Kubiak and coach John Harbaugh both say that they’re looking to those players as pseudo-coaches on the field to help their teammates with the transition.

“What guys like Owen and Justin bring to the table as far as knowing the offense and being able to bring their insight into that with our players – that is going to be big for us,” Harbaugh said, via the team’s website. “They’re here to play, but those other things, that is a big part of it, too.”

Quarterback Joe Flacco said over the weekend that the new offensive additions, which also include wide receiver Steve Smith and center Jeremy Zuttah, give the team the ability to do new things on offense in the 2014 season. Kubiak’s job of putting those new things into place should be made easier thanks to the familiar faces he has on the roster.

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  1. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 7, 2014 9:02 AM

    Who is going to teach the Texas the JumpBallJoe play and how to be. Alert on interceptions. Most importantly is the Texas learn the whining to the ref techniques the ravens are famous for. Who is going to teach them the crude chants the fans yell at the refs. Lots to learn. Cheers

  2. nygmann says: Apr 7, 2014 9:24 AM

    Even though I doubted Joe Flacco’s statement at first, it looks like he has a point. There are some nice additions to this team. I think they are definately going to be noticed in 2014.

  3. 87hollywoodhorn says: Apr 7, 2014 9:28 AM

    I get the feeling that Kubiak knows how to coach players well, because guys become better players under his system, but the scheme is flawed. And it all boils down to zone running. The team becomes very predictable and weak in the red zone, because zone blocking doesnt work when the defense has its back against the wall.
    A scheme as zone heavy as Kubiak’s has won the SB twice per my recollection. Shannahan’s Broncos and Lombardi’s Packers who invented the scheme, “run to daylight” with Jimmy frickin Taylor.
    Im skeptical of this addition, but the AFC north lacks offensive pizazz maybe the Crows can dominate division play with it.

  4. hakunamangata says: Apr 7, 2014 10:11 AM

    Since Joe Flacco came into the league he has:

    3 AFC championship game appearances
    1 superbowl victory
    5 playoff seasons culminating with a playoff win

    Tom Brady:

    3 AFC championship game appearances
    1 superbowl loss
    5 playoff seasons

    Peyton Manning:

    3 AFC championship game appearances
    2 superbowl losses
    5 playoff seasons.

    Aaron Rodgers

    1 NFC Championship game
    1 Superbowl victory
    3 playoff appearances

    Drew Brees

    1 NFC championship game
    1 Superbowl victory
    3 Playoff appearances

    Ben Roethlisberger

    2 AFC championship games
    1 Superbowl victory
    4 Playoff apperances

    That’s why he’s elite. That’s why the team is great, and that’s why you have to point out things that don’t matter. At the end of the day Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.

  5. kwjsb says: Apr 7, 2014 10:32 AM

    I hope they are accustomed to visiting team mates at the prison…. err off season work out physicality.

  6. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 7, 2014 11:06 AM

    That’s why he’s elite. That’s why the team is great, and that’s why you have to point out things that don’t matter. At the end of the day Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.

    Left out one fact in your lies. Ben has two SB rings that are facts…. One was before you left pre-k so you are forgiven.

  7. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 7, 2014 11:19 AM

    It’s great to be proud of JumpBallJoe but don’t forget Ben has two rings and three appearances. The facts don’t lie you can’t deny.

  8. grimreaper12 says: Apr 7, 2014 11:30 AM

    Elite Quarterbacks throw more td’s then picks. Kubiak’s offense? First off you need a dominate running back. Not only is Rice on the decline, but he’s also a wife beater.

  9. hakunamangata says: Apr 7, 2014 12:00 PM

    “Since Joe Flacco came into the league he has:”

    SINCE!

    So yes Roethlisberger has 3 appearances and two rings but this was since Joe came into the league (2008) because you guys can’t seem to get off Joe being so terrible.

    Otherwise Brady would have 5 appearances and 3 Rings. Or Manning would have 1 ring and 3 appearances.

    But I guess you aren’t as up on reading comprehension as a preschooler huh?

  10. 87hollywoodhorn says: Apr 7, 2014 12:02 PM

    You do NOT need a dominate running back in Kubiak’s offense. Any back can get 5 ypc until you get to the redzone.
    You need an incredible offensive line that can switch from zone blocking to power blocking, which is an incredibly difficult task. Offensive lines thrive under consistency, asking them to switch assignments play to play throws them out of wack.

  11. eddiek77 says: Apr 7, 2014 12:03 PM

    As a Steelers fan, I love what has gone on in Baltimore this off season. Hiring this guy was just the icing on the cake. The league’s most overrated QB…and Kubiak? A match made in heaven.

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 7, 2014 12:13 PM

    hakuna – only one of those QBs listed threw more ints than TDs last season. Flacco is undeniably a SB winning QB, but elite he is not.

  13. fordmandalay says: Apr 7, 2014 12:45 PM

    Why exactly do they want to install an offense from a 2-14 team?

  14. sbchampsagain says: Apr 7, 2014 1:05 PM

    The entire world loves Joe “Montanna” Flacco.

    How can you not after his historic performance:
    On the way to his SB MVP and another Baltimore football World Championship, he threw 11 TDs. 0 Ints.

    Bow down, Yinzers. Bow down.

  15. scoobies05 says: Apr 7, 2014 1:39 PM

    as big of a raven fan as I am, I can’t consider Joe elite. I think he’s for sure a top ten, but to me the elite in the league today are Peyton, Brady, brees, and Rodgers. Joe has all the talent in the world, and is coming off of his worst season for a variety of reasons. for those who choose to call him jump ball Joe in a feeble attempt to diminish his accomplishments, that’s comical. for those who mock his contract, if you took the time to learn, you would know it’s basically a 3 year deal that will be redone after 2015. And for all those who praise Ben, Who is very good for sure, he has been pretty bad in all 3 super bowls. if not for his defense bailing him out He might not even have a super bowl ring. but he has 2 and he should be commended for it, just as Joe should be for leading the Ravens when they won in a manner that Ben never did. hope all are well

  16. eddiek77 says: Apr 7, 2014 1:53 PM

    Being from western PA, it’s noteworthy that you uttered the name ‘Montana’ in the same breath as “Flacco.” In fact, it highlights the problem with Baltimorans: you shoot too low in modern times. Unitas, Montana, Namath, Marino—all from western PA.
    It’s apparent that in a true homer stance, you wish to justify the ridiculous $20 mil a year salary. You wish to cannonize Ozzie. But outside of your fair city, people are laughing. Not only at the comparison of Deleware’s finest to Joe, but to the salary and how outrageous it is.

    You are not Mr.Montana, sir.

  17. jtbsteeler says: Apr 7, 2014 2:18 PM

    Over half of the Raven fanbase acknowledges that Flacco isn’t “elite”. I thought this issue was put to rest months ago?

    What WR has earned $$$ because of Flacco? Pitta? with his paltry numbers and bloated contract.

    Contrast that with Big Ben… I don’t even have to list the WR’s he’s mad money for. You already know… It’s an ugly contrast.

    Antwan Randle-El made $22mil from the Redskins. That’s about $20mil more than Flacco made for all of the WR’s he’s thrown to in his career!

  18. scoobies05 says: Apr 7, 2014 2:20 PM

    really? people are laughing at ozzie. i think you are the one whose hatred is blinding you. it is pretty much accepted in the football world that he is one of the best ever. and as far as the contract, as i stated earlier, only those that dont know what they are talking about laugh at it. it is in esscence a three year deal that will be reworked after 2015. and no, joe flacco is not joe montana. what he is is a very good qb who put together a playoff run for the ages at the end of a five year run of unprecdented success for a qb in his first five years and was appropriately compensated

  19. scoobies05 says: Apr 7, 2014 2:34 PM

    so what exactly is your point. maybe flacco has been good and the ravens have won despite of having a good receiving corps. your love of ben is laughable. if he is soo great and had such a great year last year, then why were the steelers at home like the ravens. he needs a defense behind him because he isnt elite. not even close

  20. sbchampsagain says: Apr 7, 2014 2:43 PM

    Yinzers aint big on book learnin! Too much time swillin’ Iron City and swimming in above-ground pools!

    The Steelers were so great at evaluating talent that they decided to CUT Johnny U.

    And only two QBs have EVER been perfect and thrown 11 tds and ZERO ints in the playoffs.

    Check the record books.

    Joe “Montana” Flacco.

  21. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 7, 2014 3:06 PM

    “The Steelers were so great at evaluating talent that they decided to CUT Johnny U.”

    Please don’t bring that up, I am sooooo embarrassed of the moves my team made back in the late 50′s and 60′s, culminating to the decade of the 70′s.

  22. guitarkevin says: Apr 7, 2014 4:12 PM

    Sometimes the player knows when to leave a town too. Joe left Pitt and look what happened. He would have never been drafted had he rode the pine behind….oh yeah TYLER PALCO!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  23. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 7, 2014 6:00 PM

    as big of a raven fan as I am, I can’t consider Joe elite. I think he’s for sure a top ten, but to me the elite in the league today are Peyton, Brady, brees, and Rodgers. Joe has all the talent in the world, and is coming off of his worst season for a variety of reasons. for those who choose to call him jump ball Joe in a feeble attempt to diminish his accomplishments, that’s comical. for those who mock his contract, if you took the time to learn, you would know it’s basically a 3 year deal that will be redone after 2015. And for all those who praise Ben, Who is very good for sure, he has been pretty bad in all 3 super bowls. if not for his defense bailing him out He might not even have a super bowl ring. but he has 2 and he should be commended for it, just as Joe should be for leading the Ravens when they won in a manner that Ben never did. hope all are well

    Scoobies if frogs had wings they wouldnt hit their butt on the ground when they jumped. If if if is a game for losers which you aren’t so I am surprised you went their. Flacco is not elite and neither is Ben. Some Raven trolls cherry pick stats to make Joe elite, but you can’t polish a turd.

  24. Future HOF 20xx says: Apr 7, 2014 6:30 PM

    The crap you allow but delete my comments. Wow you guys suck.

  25. scoobies05 says: Apr 7, 2014 8:28 PM

    except that he is far from a turd my friend. all I hear from flacco bashers is if this didn’t happen or that didn’t happen blah blah blah. ok so it goes both ways. Joe and Ben are not elite but their records say it all. that’s my point. can’t believe you missed it

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 7, 2014 10:48 PM

    scoobs and nofool, it’s not often that you both are completely wrong, but to say Ben isn’t elite is ridiculous. He has a legit chance to exit this game with the same or more hardware than Brady. And I know SBs aren’t the final measure, but even then, tell me who you’d rather have to win one big game – Ben or Peyton? He will deservedly be in the Hall.

  27. Canton Bulldogs says: Apr 7, 2014 11:37 PM

    I’m intruding on the conversation here but are you serious that you believe Ben will be in the HOF or are you being extreme? If so I have to ask do you believe Eli Manning should be in? He has the same hardware as Ben and was MVP in both of those games. If you don’t think Eli makes it, why then does Ben deserve it.

  28. jtbsteeler says: Apr 8, 2014 8:36 AM

    Three months removed is all it takes for Ravens fans to try and “automagically” make Flacco elite. Like last season was that far off. I still remember how inept Flacco was last season. I also remember people blaming Cam Cameron two seasons ago. He left and Flacco is still an average QB who needs to be coddled and supplied with multiple outlet “checkdown/dumpoff” targets.

    Joe “checkdown/dumpoff/jumpball” Flacco

  29. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 8, 2014 10:59 AM

    serious Canton. And jury still out on E Manning. I think he needs at least another trip to get in.

  30. jtbsteeler says: Apr 8, 2014 12:07 PM

    Eli Manning is “hit or miss”. And with all those WR’s. Look at his career turnover total and get back to me.

  31. Canton Bulldogs says: Apr 8, 2014 12:17 PM

    We’ll I guess in a minimum of 7 years, more likely 9 or 10, after he waits 5 years after retirement for his first shot we will know. I have to believe that HOF voting will account for how he played in those trips and not just count the trips. His impact on and off the field comes into play too as well as his career stats. Personally I think neither Eli or Ben are considered. Only guys in modern day who I think go in are Brady and P. Manning. Rodgers and Brees are good but do they stand out enough to be immortalized forever? Not yet in my opinion.

  32. scoobies05 says: Apr 8, 2014 2:00 PM

    ok. no name calling or bashing. I do not believe Ben is elite and going to the hall. I think he is very good. but not an all time great. let me ask you this. I do agree that super bowls aren’t the only way to judge, but without them would he be talked about for the hall. he does have 2 rings and been in 3 games. but I don’t believe he is one of the best ever. as for the p manning comparison, he has been in as many super bowls as Ben, won once(or one fewer then Ben and Eli) and is as sure of a first ballot hall of famer as can be. he is just better then Ben. I look forward to your response

  33. stoogy says: Apr 8, 2014 5:22 PM

    Eli led his team to victory over the Patriots twice in the SB. Ben couldn’t get his team past the Patriots when it mattered. Ben and steeler fans can be thankful the steelers didn’t have to play the Patriots on route to their 2 SB wins. Ben would have no rings and steeler fans would still be talkin about 1979. Eli did something Ben will never do, beat Brady when it counts.

  34. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 8, 2014 5:34 PM

    Eli led his team to victory over the Patriots twice in the SB. Ben couldn’t get his team past the Patriots when it mattered. Ben and steeler fans can be thankful the steelers didn’t have to play the Patriots on route to their 2 SB wins. Ben would have no rings and steeler fans would still be talkin about 1979. Eli did something Ben will never do, beat Brady when it counts.

    The game of
    iF is fools, tools, and stooges. So yup you qualify. Your if game
    Is good to dream about but won’t change the score… Sorry Stoogeeeee

  35. stoogy says: Apr 8, 2014 6:05 PM

    It don’t change the fact Eli and “jumpball joe” managed to defeat Brady and the Patriots when it mattered most. Ben is below average without a great D, your lame jokes won’t change that hypocrite. Eli and that worthless 120 million qb did something your man-crush will never do.

  36. scoobies05 says: Apr 8, 2014 10:30 PM

    i have to agree with nofool stoogy. you want to play ifs and buts, and call him jumpball joe. lets not forget that if not for david tyree catching a ball on his head and mario manningham making that ridiculous catch on the sidelines, eli has no rings. but i guess that you dont want to talk about. eli has 2, tom has 3, ben has 2, and joe has 1. thats the facts and they cant be changed

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