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Gary Kubiak: Joe Flacco is a better athlete than I thought

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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has impressed new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak this offseason, and not just with his strong arm.

Kubiak said he was surprised by how well Flacco moves, and Kubiak believes that makes Flacco an even better fit in the offense Kubiak is installing than he had previously thought.

I had no idea how good an athlete he is. He’s a very good athlete,” Kubiak said.

Kubiak has worked with athletic quarterbacks like John Elway and Steve Young, and Kubiak likes what a mobile quarterback can bring to the table.

“The things we like to do moving around, the zone-pass schemes that we like to run, I think fit to a lot of his strengths,” Kubiak said. “This league is about making big plays. It’s hard [when you go] three or four yards a pop to do it. You have to make some big plays, and Joe gives you the ability to do that.”

Most of the big plays Flacco makes will be with his arm. But he may make a few big plays with his legs.

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68 Responses to “Gary Kubiak: Joe Flacco is a better athlete than I thought”
  1. RussianBreadMaker says: Jun 11, 2014 4:48 PM

    The eyebrow should be his biggest concern.

  2. Goodell's Green Glasses says: Jun 11, 2014 4:50 PM

    Underrated team right now.

  3. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jun 11, 2014 4:52 PM

    Too bad he’s not a better quarterback than he thought…

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 11, 2014 4:55 PM

    While Gary is not quite ready to describe Joe as an Athletic-Mobile American, he is impressed nevertheless.

  5. smjones5984 says: Jun 11, 2014 4:55 PM

    The Vikings could use a quarterback like Flacco.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 11, 2014 4:56 PM

    Flacco is surprisingly athletic for an Italian.

  7. lowut5 says: Jun 11, 2014 4:56 PM

    “It doesn’t matter if Flacco is a good athlete. His stoopid contract is destroying the Ravens’ chances of signing good players. He sucks” – Flacco haters

  8. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 11, 2014 4:59 PM

    Translation: I just added the read-option to this offense.

  9. braven4evr says: Jun 11, 2014 5:01 PM

    As a Ravens fan this sounds good; but can he run this offense?

  10. bengalguy says: Jun 11, 2014 5:02 PM

    Shows alot about his thinking process! Oh Boy!

  11. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Jun 11, 2014 5:06 PM

    Please let this be a huge swerve of some sort.

  12. winstonjed44 says: Jun 11, 2014 5:06 PM

    Kubiak ran a lot of play action boot in Houston, maybe he’s adding some of that to the offense.

  13. raveallday says: Jun 11, 2014 5:08 PM

    Off course he is. Watch flaccos rookie tape, he was running over linebackers n running for touchdowns.

  14. jets4everbaby says: Jun 11, 2014 5:09 PM

    Oh really no lie!!!

  15. jets4everbaby says: Jun 11, 2014 5:09 PM

    Oh really no lie!!!!

  16. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Jun 11, 2014 5:14 PM

    If only he was a better quarterback than you thought, Gary.

  17. bux1022 says: Jun 11, 2014 5:14 PM

    ….and that means what exactly?

  18. weepingjebus says: Jun 11, 2014 5:18 PM

    I take this more as a zinger at Schaub.

  19. pfromvv says: Jun 11, 2014 5:18 PM

    If Ray Rice could get straight the Ravens have a beefy lookin offense with Steve Smith added

  20. getyourownname says: Jun 11, 2014 5:19 PM

    I understand this is the pre-preseason and hardly any coach (except maybe the Browns coach) says anything about his team that is not glowing, but how can a former head coach of a team that previously played the coach’s new team really be unaware of the players on that prior opponent that he had to prepare for.

    In this case, maybe it was because Kubiak was preparing his own offense and not paying as much attention to the offense of his opponent, but would he not have seen Flacco from the sideline once the game began?

    This is not directed at Kubiak alone, all coaches at new teams say the same thing about their new players.

  21. hakunamangata says: Jun 11, 2014 5:23 PM

    I love the Bengal fans making fun of someone’s QB. I would trash talk with them, but the reality of their situation does it so much better than I ever could.

    Enjoy futility after paying the red rifle more than Joe for less success.

  22. crapsandviche says: Jun 11, 2014 5:23 PM

    I’d take this with a grain of salt, since Gary has a track record of not being a very good evaluator of talent. Just saying…..

  23. snakeiz says: Jun 11, 2014 5:24 PM

    Should have his agent put in for a dancing with
    the stars gig then.Better shot at winning the mirror
    trophy; than the Lombardi

  24. drfeelyouup says: Jun 11, 2014 5:30 PM

    He’s no Johnny Football

  25. gojags says: Jun 11, 2014 5:34 PM

    Kubaik is the deal for Baltimore. Mark my words, he will maximize the offensive weapons productivity. Kubaik is a damn good offensive mind. Some unknown from Baltimore will put up some big numbers this season. Kubaik has the knack of finding that (Arian Foster, Anderson and few other RBs in denver, Owen Daniels, some X) talent and put that guy in oppositions game planning.

    The Houston fans criticizing Kubaik’s game calling was quite unwarranted. Those guys will feel this year how their offense look this year with all due respect to O’Brien.

  26. Eutaw's Finest says: Jun 11, 2014 5:38 PM

    People always forget he can run. His first career TD was a 20 something yard scamper on a bootleg.

  27. txtuff says: Jun 11, 2014 5:40 PM

    This proves why Gary didn’t make a great head coach. There was some big games against the Texans and Ravens yet the HC didn’t see enough game film of the opposing QB to know this?

  28. eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 11, 2014 5:41 PM

    Well I haven’t seen him live, so I guess that’s while I’m still stuck in the “why does everyone think this guy is so good?” camp.

  29. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Jun 11, 2014 5:47 PM

    A “good” athlete? That is classic damning with faint praise. Lot of mediocre QBs are good athletes. But not good or great QBs. Flacco is the later. No doubt about it. And his salary will be anchor around the Ravens for years.

  30. baltimorept says: Jun 11, 2014 5:50 PM

    Ravens are going to have so many options this year
    Can’t wait
    See you in the playoffs

  31. walkinginthewasteland says: Jun 11, 2014 5:52 PM

    Kubiak has worked with athletic quarterbacks like John Elway and Steve Young, and Kubiak likes what a mobile quarterback can bring to the table.
    ___________________________

    Kubiak has worked with talented, QBs with great arms. However with every other QB he has worked with he hasnt accomplished squat.

  32. scotrugby says: Jun 11, 2014 5:57 PM

    “The Vikings could use a quarterback like Flacco.”

    I think Viking fans would settle for 1/2 a Flacco at QB. It would be better than anything on their current roster that’s for sure.

  33. xinellum says: Jun 11, 2014 6:01 PM

    Whether you like him or not, Flacco wins. It isn’t always pretty and it isn’t always Sportcenter fodder. People complain about his QBR, his passer rating, his completion percentage and his salary but check his wins and losses, playoff appearances, playoff wins, TD/INT ratio during the playoffs and victories for QB’s in each of their first 6 years. Don’t tell me it’s the defense, he took an injured Ngata, virtually useless Suggs, crippled Ray Lewis and a missing L Webb and won a Super Bowl in a year where the defense didn’t even rank in the top half of the league.

  34. bluenose1965 says: Jun 11, 2014 6:02 PM

    Say goodbye to your audible skills Joe. Gary’s the new sheriff in town.

  35. sportsfan18 says: Jun 11, 2014 6:08 PM

    Old Kubiak got out on the field and chased Joe and Joe got away from him… so…

    “I had no idea how good an athlete he is. He’s a very good athlete,” Kubiak said.

    Gotta ASK for the context folks…

    To Gary, he IS a good athlete because he got away from HIM…

    Scribes gotta ask the follow up questions…

    My lawn statutes are more mobile than Flacco…

  36. sportsfan18 says: Jun 11, 2014 6:13 PM

    Oh…

    One thing to add to what I said above…

    Flacco ran a 4.84 40 yard dash years and years ago while he was younger…

    Doubt he’d get under 4.9 right now…

  37. infinitig says: Jun 11, 2014 6:22 PM

    Career totals 228 attempts for 561 yards, 2.5 yard average. I don’t think he will win any rushing titles anytime soon.

  38. gotdressedinabooth says: Jun 11, 2014 6:27 PM

    The Vikings could use a quarterback..

  39. radioactivechimp says: Jun 11, 2014 6:34 PM

    When you’re used to coaching Matt Shaub, any quarterback will seem athletic by comparison.

  40. Bull Rush says: Jun 11, 2014 6:43 PM

    This isn’t Russell Wilson and the read option is not in Kubiak’s offense. This means he can roll left or right out of the pocket, on a bootleg if necessary. He doesn’t need a pocket to protect him Peyton Manning style. I like Manning by the way, but he’s your prototypical pocket passer.

  41. trubblman says: Jun 11, 2014 6:46 PM

    Kubiak is what the Ravens needed. Because Baltimore is where Texans go who want to win a ring. Look at the facts: Pollard, Jacoby Jones, Vontae Leach. Kubiak Forsett and Owen Daniels are gonna result in a third ring.

  42. dickjagger says: Jun 11, 2014 6:53 PM

    Flacco can move, although not as mobile as some of the other “flashy, mobile” guys he can actually make the throws those other flash mobile guys can’t, and I’ll always take that over all. That huge pass over Rahim (sp) Moore two seasons back is a good example. He just avoided a sack and ran around before finding Jacoby Jones for the score.

  43. doe22us says: Jun 11, 2014 6:57 PM

    As much flack as I give Joe, I have seen him play several tines live and on tv, he can haul @ss.

  44. camdenyard says: Jun 11, 2014 6:57 PM

    Joe can move laterally in the pocket and he’s better at stepping up than you think. Add to that his cannon and his toughness (never missed a start due to injury). Yeah, he is a good athlete.

  45. pillowporkers says: Jun 11, 2014 6:59 PM

    I mean, if Gary is anything like most of us, the bar of expectation regarding Flacco’s athleticism couldn’t get any lower. So yeah this seems reasonable.

  46. tictoccpthook says: Jun 11, 2014 7:01 PM

    Add a few good running backs and an offensive line and the offense may add up to something.

  47. 700levelvet says: Jun 11, 2014 7:17 PM

    Yeah … He’s the modern day Jim Thorpe… Says the coach who is lucky to have a job..

  48. foolmeonce says: Jun 11, 2014 7:27 PM

    When you’re used to watching Herman Munster Schaub at QB, anyone would look athletic running those boots

  49. vikesr4reel says: Jun 11, 2014 7:28 PM

    Flacco is a joke!!
    Get a QB for crying out loud…

  50. dontstabmeray says: Jun 11, 2014 8:01 PM

    He better be the most “elite” qb in the league with that putrid offensive line and lack of any RB. They’ll be lucky to average 3 points a game.

  51. hescominsoon says: Jun 11, 2014 8:02 PM

    He may be a good athlete but he isn’t a 120 million dollar QB…never has been..never will be. The ravens are going to suffer under Flacco and his exorbitant contract until he’s cut loose.

  52. ibreathefootball says: Jun 11, 2014 8:14 PM

    Flacco got benched at Pittsburgh for Tyler Palko. Pitt told him to move to TIGHT END or Transfer. He chose to transfer to Delaware instead. The guy has athleticism for a QB, and he didn’t Eli Manning it by scoring 17pts and win a Super Bowl. Dude put up 34pts vs San Fran (1 kr td by Jacoby though).

  53. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 11, 2014 8:38 PM

    Flacco runs like a shopping cart with a busted wheel, but is still effective on a bootleg. His forward body lean comes from the excessive weight of his forehead and unibrow.

  54. clk1974 says: Jun 11, 2014 8:54 PM

    Gary said the same thing about Matt Schaub.

  55. stainlessstill says: Jun 11, 2014 9:06 PM

    Getting out of the pocket on the bootleg is essential to have more time to heave it 65 yards downfield. Face it, Flacco goes as far as his jumpballs are willing to take him.

  56. Ed Bandell says: Jun 11, 2014 9:25 PM

    In his rookie season he had a run for 38 yards and caught a pass in the wildcat lined up at WR for 43 yards. Nobody is going to mistake him for Vick in his prime, but Joe can run a little bit.

    The reason why people don’t think he’s as athletic as he really is has to due with the fact that he makes a conscious effort NOT to run and the Ravens offense up until now did not use a lot of “moving pocket” plays. It was simply 3 & 5 step drops and some shotgun here and there.

    For a team that runs as much as the Ravens try to, a play action and fake handoff bootleg could really throw in a good wrinkle. Now all they have to do is actually block up front and hope that whomever is in the backfield can actually run.

    As long as everyone is healthy, this offense could be pretty scary with two guys that can run the underneath/middle stuff in Pitta and Steve Smith, and then two home run hitters in Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones. If Rice is back, he’s your outlet. They also still have Marlon Brown who can be a mismatch in the slot as a big guy who will go over the middle. They’ve got some weapons. It will just be a matter of the O-line now.

  57. milestothe says: Jun 11, 2014 10:26 PM

    As a Ravens fan, I am SO excited to see how this offense performs under Kubiak’s calls.

  58. scoobies05 says: Jun 11, 2014 11:08 PM

    ok…Vikings fans are not allowed to comment on quarterback play ever. never ever. and for the last time, the flacco contract is not keeping the Ravens from doing anything. his cap number is under 15 million this year. please know what you are talking about before commenting

  59. vincentbojackson says: Jun 11, 2014 11:27 PM

    Tom Brady has made a career out of going 4-5 yards per pop.

  60. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 11, 2014 11:31 PM

    I have a friend who’s a great athlete, has amazing hand-eye coordination, and is good at anything athletic he tries. He’s also really bad at the job he’s paid to do. Flacco’s long lost twin.

  61. SAV says: Jun 12, 2014 12:58 AM

    First time in franchise history the ravens have had an offensive mind at OC. Thank God

  62. flaccoishermanmunster says: Jun 12, 2014 7:17 AM

    Kubiak is a worse coach than I thought.

  63. troy43mvp says: Jun 12, 2014 8:01 AM

    Kubiak went on to say that Flunko just may be the best 120 million dollar QB out there……in the month of June.

  64. ravensfaninflorida says: Jun 12, 2014 8:46 AM

    Before saying anything, let’s just see what kind of numbers he puts up this year. Joe can get the job done……… IF the O’line can give him some assistance for once.

  65. mutantman87 says: Jun 12, 2014 1:16 PM

    Flacco moves fairly well, and I’m sure that if Kubiak could make his rollout offense work well enough with Schaub, he’s pretty excited to run it with Flacco.

  66. tinytoolalldrool says: Jun 12, 2014 3:36 PM

    How did he make it to the NFL? By being a bad athlete. Sheesh.

  67. jimmyjames65 says: Jun 13, 2014 5:24 AM

    Schaub doesn’t nearly have the arm Joe does. Why Jacoby was ineffective in Houston. But Jacoby’s hands and routes have improved in Baltimore. He has become quite the “weapon.” Another SB trophy is in the bag.

  68. thebirdsareback says: Jun 13, 2014 11:59 AM

    I am just patiently waiting for the Ravens to take BACK their “underdog” role and prove everyone on here wrong AGAIN! This Ravens squad is going to be so good this year. ICE UP SON!

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