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Joe Flacco: It hasn’t been tough to learn a new offense

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The Ravens brought in a new offensive coordinator this offseason and quarterback Joe Flacco says that Gary Kubiak’s scheme uses “completely different” terminology than the one Jim Caldwell ran in 2013.

That change has left Flacco and the rest of the offensive players with some studying to do, but the quarterback was quick to say during an interview on WNST that learning the offense wasn’t exactly figuring out the theory of relativity.

“Football is football. I mean, come on guys, we’re talking about a bunch of football players,” Flacco said, via the team’s website. “It’s not tough to learn an offense. At the end of the day, you have a formation, you have protection, you have a direction to run the ball and you have a route to run as a receiver. It’s not that tough. If you can’t learn an NFL offense, then obviously you shouldn’t be there. … I’m saying, we’re not the brightest people, so therefore how hard can an NFL offense be?”

Flacco said one of the biggest differences from last year is that the team is playing faster on offense because players have fewer things to think about when they get to the line of scrimmage and can concentrate on “doing what we’re good at.” The Ravens weren’t good at much on offense last season, so perhaps a more streamlined approach will bear fruit for them come September.

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  1. youtubeingravenvids says: Jun 25, 2014 10:25 AM

    I never understood why Flacco generates so much hate towards him. And it has been this way since even BEFORE the big contract. I don’t get it. He’s a winner, and people don’t like him. Baffles me.

  2. floratiotime says: Jun 25, 2014 10:27 AM

    He went on to add that it’s him, and that he just stinks.

  3. weepingjebus says: Jun 25, 2014 10:29 AM

    Yep, just huckin’ the ole pigskin around. Why are we paying you that much again?

  4. hakunamangata says: Jun 25, 2014 10:37 AM

    And here come the trolls forgetting Joe has started his career with more wins than any QB in history, already has more road playoff wins than any QB, and thinking that the 22nd ranked D “carried” him to a Superbowl MVP performance. A postseason mind you that tied the great Joe Montana.

    But please tell me again that he’s over rated because you think he only throws jump balls to receivers who are barely 6 feet for 6 years.

    Or how he’s killing our salary cap when he’s got a lower figure than Mike Wallace and 35 other players, one of whom (Haloti Ngata) is on our team.

    And finally how this team is going down hill with a criminal element of 4 knuckleheads and is old because of one 36 year old receiver.

  5. nfloracle says: Jun 25, 2014 10:38 AM

    Execution of the basics win football games — it’s as simple as that. Just ask Chuck Noll, Bill Belichick, and Jimmy Johnson. They’ve built great teams with execution of the basics as their defining mantra.

  6. zillabeast says: Jun 25, 2014 10:40 AM

    Remember these words when Baltimore has to purge the roster in order to pay this guy next season, after another year of missing the playoffs.

  7. steelerberd says: Jun 25, 2014 10:42 AM

    Not only does he suck but he’s as dumb as a bag of hammers. He couldn’t cut it at The University of Pittsburgh Athletically and Academically. Worst high dollar signing in the new era of the NFL. He’s so stupid I expect more Strokes from Gary Kubiak this year. Ratbirds will never see the Lombardi Trophy again as long as this turd is under center!!

  8. bengalguy says: Jun 25, 2014 10:46 AM

    It shouldn’t be Joe. Just drop back….look around….and chuck it down the field! You’ll be OK you’ve got a great Defense behind……oops! That was a few years ago. Sorry.

  9. jamaltimore says: Jun 25, 2014 10:48 AM

    Joe just wins and tells it like it is. He’s dead on in the overhyped “learn a new system” crap that comes out of every talking head’s mouth.

    He’s and the Ravens gonna have another great year.

  10. youtubeingravenvids says: Jun 25, 2014 10:50 AM

    hakunamangata I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  11. rav3nsownste3lers says: Jun 25, 2014 10:51 AM

    While flacco is learning his new offense, Ben roethlisberger is eating Big Macs, getting drunk, and attending concerts for “entertainment”

  12. doctorrustbelt says: Jun 25, 2014 10:52 AM

    You have to laugh at all the sensitive overcompensaters who start crying in defense of joe flacco before anyone says anything.

    How embarrassing.

  13. scrp2 says: Jun 25, 2014 10:54 AM

    Joe Flacco: It hasn’t been tough to learn a new offense

    Translation: Kubiak’s changing the terminology unneccessarily and we got to deal with it. At the end of the day, we know what we’re doing and Kubes has got to chill out.

  14. explosionsauce says: Jun 25, 2014 10:57 AM

    Kubiak’ offense isn’t hard for defenses to learn it either.

  15. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 25, 2014 10:57 AM

    “It’s not tough to learn an offense. At the end of the day, you have a formation, you have protection, you have a direction to run the ball and you have a route to run as a receiver. It’s not that tough.”

    I wonder what his completion % would be if it was tough for him? 35%?

  16. guitarkevin says: Jun 25, 2014 10:59 AM

    Joe is a winner, period!

  17. baltimoresnativeson says: Jun 25, 2014 11:01 AM

    This has to be the most honest Man in history,

    Like him or not, he tells you exactly what he thinks, and speaks the truth.

  18. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 25, 2014 11:01 AM

    hakuna:
    1. 0-3 vs Steelers
    2. height of recv’r doesn’t matter, a jump-ball is a jump-ball.
    3. see “Salary Cap 2016″
    4. agree with you on this, criminal element and Steve Smith’s age have nothing to do with your current state of medocrity, see points 2 & 3 for real reasons.

  19. williamshatnerstoupee says: Jun 25, 2014 11:01 AM

    New offense? Throw it as high as you can and pray for pass interference. Yes, very new.

  20. olcap says: Jun 25, 2014 11:05 AM

    Considering he hasn’t yet won a single game with it, we must reserve judgement as to whether Flacco really learned the new offense, or is talking smack.

  21. watermelon1 says: Jun 25, 2014 11:10 AM

    Thank you, Flacco… For summing up what I’ve been saying for years.

    The reason this guy CAN’T take the next step and be on the level of the truly great QBs is because he’s just not that smart.

    He can’t read defenses, he can’t really make judgement calls on offense and needs a 1-2 read option offense only. Don’t dare ask him to audible.

    He can’t truly LEAD an offense. He needs to have a ton of talent around him to even have a chance. If anything breaks down around him, don’t expect him to pull you from the ashes.

    Fortunately for him and Ravens fans… They have done an excellent job surrounding him with a ton of talent. They ended up with a Super Bowl. Future definitely looks brighter than a lot of teams.

  22. southpaw2k says: Jun 25, 2014 11:10 AM

    zillabeast says:
    Jun 25, 2014 10:40 AM
    “Remember these words when Baltimore has to purge the roster in order to pay this guy next season, after another year of missing the playoffs.”

    Flacco is scheduled to make $14.55 million in 2015. The Ravens will not need to “purge the roster” in order to pay him then.

    And in 2016, the salary cap is expected to jump to $160 million when Flacco is set to make $29 million. So the team won’t need to purge itself then either.

    Thanks for playing though. We have some lovely parting gifts for you.

  23. ravensfaninflorida says: Jun 25, 2014 11:11 AM

    Let’s just hope the O’line helps out a little this year. Joe has everything it takes but he can’t do it without protection from the guys in front of him.

  24. getyourownname says: Jun 25, 2014 11:12 AM

    “he’s as dumb as a bag of hammers”

    Pot, meet kettle. Wonderlic scores:

    Joe Flacco – 27
    Carson Palmer – 26
    Ben Roethlisberger – 25

    So – is Ben as smart as two bags of hammers, or half a bag?

  25. mutantman87 says: Jun 25, 2014 11:16 AM

    Someone should play the audio back for him the next time he throws an INT in a game.

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 25, 2014 11:22 AM

    southpaw, so your whole point is to why his cap # is OK is because of where the cap is projected to be? Even if you’re right, in 2015 Flacco will account for about 11% of the total cap, in 2016 it will be 19% according to your projections. You have an average QB taking up 1/5 of the total cap and you’re not concerned? And here I was looking forward to a few more years of competitiveness. Oh well, at the least the Browns are on the rise.

  27. southpaw2k says: Jun 25, 2014 11:23 AM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Jun 25, 2014 11:01 AM

    “1. 0-3 vs Steelers
    2. height of recv’r doesn’t matter, a jump-ball is a jump-ball.
    3. see “Salary Cap 2016″

    1. 0-3…when? Ravens were 1-1 vs the Steelers in 2010, 2012, and 2013. And they were 2-0 against the Steelers in 2011.

    2. So Matthew Stafford gets a pass (excuse the choice of words there) when he throws a jump ball to Calvin Johnson? What about Schaub to Andre Johnson when Andre was in his prime? Or Matt Ryan when he heaves one to either Roddy White or Juliio Jones? This so-called “argument” has never made sense.

    3. Oh, you mean when the salary cap is expected to be $160 million?

  28. hakunamangata says: Jun 25, 2014 11:23 AM

    Dr. Rustbelt;

    Wake me up when your Bengals win a playoff game.

    And to cry foul on people defending Joe from people posting things ahead of time is to ignore posts from those who like to talk about Joe’s touchdown to interception ratio from last year versus someone like oh I don’t know Andy Dalton?

    Wonder who did that? Couldn’t be anyone this is addressed to? I mean that’d be as dumb as having to pay Andy Dalton 20 million+ a year for having zero success when it mattered.

  29. humbleminded85 says: Jun 25, 2014 11:33 AM

    watermelon1 says: Jun 25, 2014 11:10 AM

    He can’t read defenses, he can’t really make judgement calls on offense and needs a 1-2 read option offense only. Don’t dare ask him to audible.
    ————————————————————-
    Superbowl 47, 3 and 1 against a stingy San Fran defense. Run call comes through Flacco’s helmet and he begins his presnap reads. After reading Boldin was man’d up 1 on 1 vs Chris Culliver in a cover one robber with no help over top, Flacco changes a 3rd and 1 to a pass that he puts on the back shoulder of his trusted receiver. That play sealed a victory. Was that not an audible? Feel free to watch that play if you wanna see for yourself. P.S. That’s just one of many I could break down right now with out even looking it up. Dude isn’t great but to say ” don’t dare ask him to audible” is just weak man. Although I agree he needs more around him then the Bree’s, Brady, Rodgers, etc. But isn’t a TEAM sport at the end of the day?

  30. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 25, 2014 12:02 PM

    southpaw2k, 0-3 is the Ravens playoff record vs Steelers. Good day, sir.

  31. allhailkingflacco says: Jun 25, 2014 12:07 PM

    steelerberd says:
    Jun 25, 2014 10:42 AM

    Not only does he suck but he’s as dumb as a bag of hammers. He couldn’t cut it at The University of Pittsburgh Athletically and Academically. Worst high dollar signing in the new era of the NFL. He’s so stupid I expect more Strokes from Gary Kubiak this year. Ratbirds will never see the Lombardi Trophy again as long as this turd is under center!!
    __________________________________

    When’s the last time your team won anything ?

  32. getyourownname says: Jun 25, 2014 12:08 PM

    “height of recv’r doesn’t matter, a jump-ball is a jump-ball.”

    Like Joe Montana threw to Dwight Clark, eh?

    Name a (successful) QB who doesn’t throw balls for his receivers to “go get.” Your obsession with this jump ball nonsense is hilarious.

  33. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jun 25, 2014 12:18 PM

    crownofthehelmet says: Jun 25, 2014 12:02 PM

    southpaw2k, 0-3 is the Ravens playoff record vs Steelers. Good day, sir.
    —————————————————————-
    1 of those losses was with Anthony Wright as QB.
    1 of those came with Flacco as a rookie.
    The 3rd was one where the defense blew a 24-7 lead.

  34. jacktheraven says: Jun 25, 2014 12:21 PM

    @ Southpaw2k – Crown is giving you old stats when steelers USED to make the playoffs.

  35. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 25, 2014 12:27 PM

    Ravens 0-3 vs Steelers in playoffs
    Flacco 0-2 vs Steelers in playoffs.

    Which will happen first – Ravens beat the Steelers in the playoffs, or Cin beats anyone in the playoffs. My great-grandkids will have to let me know, as I’m sure by the time either happens I’ll be an incoherent 90 yr old.

  36. flaccodelic says: Jun 25, 2014 12:32 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Jun 25, 2014 12:02 PM
    southpaw2k, 0-3 is the Ravens playoff record vs Steelers. Good day, sir.

    Steelers 0-1 vs. Tim Tebow
    and haven’t done a damn thing since.
    (That’s the Steelers’ most embarrassing stat since Mike Tomlin went 1-0 against Jacoby Jones.)

  37. jacktheraven says: Jun 25, 2014 12:32 PM

    When teams become irrelevant, fans start to reach back into history to make them feel important. That’s why you’ll see a couple steeler and Bengal fans here, reading about Joe & The Ravens.

  38. jacktheraven says: Jun 25, 2014 12:34 PM

    How’s that coach at Pitt doing who played Palko over a NFL SB winning QB? That’s what I thought.

  39. ballsohardbaltimore says: Jun 25, 2014 12:36 PM

    TEBOW beat the Steelers in the playoffs… enjoy the taste of that…

  40. getyourownname says: Jun 25, 2014 12:38 PM

    “crownofthehelmet says:
    Which will happen first – Ravens beat the Steelers in the playoffs,…”

    We’ll never know until Steelers can make the playoffs again. Which as you say may be when you have great-grandkids. Although it appears you have already reached the incoherence stage.

  41. southpaw2k says: Jun 25, 2014 12:46 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Jun 25, 2014 11:22 AM

    “southpaw, so your whole point is to why his cap # is OK is because of where the cap is projected to be? Even if you’re right, in 2015 Flacco will account for about 11% of the total cap, in 2016 it will be 19% according to your projections. You have an average QB taking up 1/5 of the total cap and you’re not concerned? And here I was looking forward to a few more years of competitiveness. Oh well, at the least the Browns are on the rise.”

    I can’t wait to see what happens when Ben signs his final contract with the Steelers to finish his career. What happens if his cap number is anywhere near Flacco’s? What excuse will you have then? He’ll certainly want big money, considering he’s got two rings already.

    I’m constantly amazed and amused that Steelers fans with superiority complexes actually complain about Flacco’s contract handcuffing the Ravens. If you really think the deal is that bad for the team and the organization (which it isn’t, but I digress), then shouldn’t you be super happy?

  42. guitarkevin says: Jun 25, 2014 12:47 PM

    I see a lot of people on here that are very passionate about Joe’s flaws. I also know that type of behavior correlates to another thing – JEALOUSY.

  43. williamshatnerstoupee says: Jun 25, 2014 1:30 PM

    I don’t see any jealousy for a team that missed the playoffs and finished third in their division.

  44. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jun 25, 2014 1:32 PM

    Gotta admit it, he’s right.
    Throwing the ball to opposing DBs isn’t hard at all.

  45. scoobies05 says: Jun 25, 2014 2:04 PM

    Joe has a bad season. ravens go 8 and 8. Ben has a good season. Steelers go 8 and 8. those Steelers fans are a funny bunch. the cleat of reality is due for a visit to the ketchup bottle. mediocrity is their new normal. and Bengals fans…as least Ben has playoffs and super bowls under his big belt. pipe in when Dalton leads you to anything

  46. itsfootballbaby says: Jun 25, 2014 2:19 PM

    Flacco…….Winner!

  47. thesportgenius says: Jun 25, 2014 3:06 PM

    “We’re not the brightest”…says it all. Gotta love his honesty though.

  48. corvetteman6 says: Jun 25, 2014 3:49 PM

    I enjoy reading the words of Joe “The Mannequin” Flacco. When it’s all said and done, he can overthrow receivers in any scheme.

    The most overrated QB in football embraces the most overrated OC’s offense in 2014? I think the Ravens and Browns will do well in battling for the cellar.

  49. zibet says: Jun 25, 2014 4:08 PM

    I think what he means is as a group. ie I’m pretty smart but some of these guys…

  50. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 25, 2014 4:15 PM

    And here come the trolls forgetting Joe has started his career with more wins than any QB in history, already has more road playoff wins than any QB, and thinking that the 22nd ranked D “carried” him to a Superbowl MVP performance. A postseason mind you that tied the great Joe Montana.

    For all those impressive stats he has a couple of T-shirts and one Lombardi with a lot of luck and a very generous 4/29 spot. One Super Bowl appearance after five straight playoff appearances means the talent was there, but he couldn’t lead a pack of lemmings off a Clift .

    First time I have seen such a preemptive whine….good stuff….he is still JoeBallJoe to me.

  51. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 25, 2014 4:35 PM

    Steelers 0-1 vs. Tim Tebow
    and haven’t done a damn thing since.
    (That’s the Steelers’ most embarrassing stat since Mike Tomlin went 1-0 against Jacoby Jones.)

    I’ll gladly take that over the elevator scene with Rice and his wife to be….just sayin.

  52. scoobies05 says: Jun 25, 2014 5:16 PM

    and lets talk about all of the great big belt ben super bowl perfomances. wait, there arent any. his defense carried him. he stunk against green bay. he stunk against seattle. and if not for harrison’s fumble recovery, they would have lost to arizona. he had a good season last year and they were still 8 and 8. waiting for your excuses

  53. barbasol11111111 says: Jun 25, 2014 7:28 PM

    Durrrr

  54. laxer37 says: Jun 25, 2014 8:11 PM

    It’s possible that there is a player in the league that’s more boring than Flacco. I just can’t think of one.

  55. simonator917 says: Jun 25, 2014 10:34 PM

    It ain’t rocket surgery.

  56. ravens2xworldchamps says: Jun 25, 2014 11:24 PM

    Flacco Super Bowl MVP

  57. clashpoint says: Jun 26, 2014 4:58 AM

    Joe, career passing rating: 83.7
    Big Ben, career passing rating: 92.6

    I’d say that overall Joe has had a better supporting cast too. At least he’s had a better offensive line, though perhaps last year and this year that’s turned around. I think if you took a poll of either the other players in the league, or even the posters around here, most would take Ben over Joe.

    Steelers rule!

  58. guitarkevin says: Jun 26, 2014 8:14 AM

    I’ll take boring with wins over popular and losing any day.

  59. Canton Bulldogs says: Jun 27, 2014 12:17 AM

    “I’d say that overall Joe has had a better supporting cast too. At least he’s had a better offensive line, though perhaps last year and this year that’s turned around. I think if you took a poll of either the other players in the league, or even the posters around here, most would take Ben over Joe.”

    This is funny. Supposedly Ben has had a lousy supporting cast when you try to make an argument for him. Yet other people say the talent on O is the best in the league which, of course, states just the opposite. I’d be nice if Steeler fans were consistent.

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