John Harbaugh says all Ravens have to get better, not just Joe Flacco

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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco gave a blunt assessment of his own play Sunday, but his coach thinks helping him suck less will involve more than just the veteran quarterback.

Via Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said “everybody’s got to get better,” though he knows much of the focus is on his quarterback as the offense struggles.

“We just have to keep working all those things that we do. We’re not going to change dramatically what we do,” Harbaugh said. “You can’t panic and say, ‘OK, we’re going to do something different.’ Within our offense, we have all the elements — different ways to attack people, different tempos, different types of three-, five- and seven-step passing game. We can move, we can boot, we can keep, we can play-action. We have all that. It’s how do we put it together in a way each week that gives our guys a chance to execute the best?”

The Ravens get a bit of a break this week as they play the Raiders with EJ Manuel at the helm instead of Derek Carr, but they clearly have issues on offense. They’ve scored on three of their last 24 possessions, and have been blown out by the Jaguars and Steelers. So when Flacco said “I sucked,” no one really argued.

“Joe said yesterday it starts with him, and so, . . . that’s good that he said that, that he thinks that way. That’s what the great ones think,” Harbaugh said. “That’s something we’ve just got to help him with. We’ll do that. I want to see him play well. I want to see him put up numbers and make plays. But it’s not just him. It’s the offense in totality that has to do that.”

Protecting Flacco would be a good first step, as he was sacked four times and hit six more against the Steelers. But it’s hard to make wholesale personnel changes at this point in the season, which means the improvements are going to have to come from the guys on hand. All of them.

16 responses to “John Harbaugh says all Ravens have to get better, not just Joe Flacco

  1. The Ravens lose this game even with Manuel at the helm. The Ravens can’t score. And the Ravens run defense is exposed with Williams out. Don’t be fooled Ravens fans. This year is going to be long and painful. Ozzie failed to build a team around a QB they are paying 20 mil/year and now we are seeing the results. This is 2017 and he is still drafting like it is 2000. MAJOR FAIL!

  2. I thought Joe was ‘elite’? And before the game Harbaugh said the ‘edge’ the Ravens would have in the game is that ‘they are the better team’? hahaha HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO

  3. As A ravens fan, starting again next year!
    There is clearly a split locker room over the protests
    I do not think this team ever thought us fans would turn on them.
    IMO, blow this whole team up, you have too many issues.

  4. When you pay a guy $25 million per year there is a reasonable expectation that he can carry a team, otherwise why not pay him $15 million per year and spend the extra $10 million on building pieces around him?

    This is the Ravens’ conundrum. Flacco is not elite in any sense of the word. He can’t scan the field like a 10 year vet should, he “shrivels” under pressure (watch his head and neck shrivel like a turtle going into its shell whenever he thinks defenders are near by), and he continues to throw off his back foot.

    I’m not saying it’s all his fault, 3 out of 5 members of the offensive line are former undrafted free agents; however, when you pay a guy top 5 QB money you better start playing like a top 5, at the minimum top 10, QB… he’s currently bottom 5.

  5. ejbjr says:
    October 3, 2017 at 8:38 am

    As A ravens fan, starting again next year!
    There is clearly a split locker room over the protests
    I do not think this team ever thought us fans would turn on them.
    IMO, blow this whole team up, you have too many issues.

    ~~~~~

    Are you actually a Ravens fan? None of this is true.

  6. guitarkevin says:
    October 3, 2017 at 8:26 am
    The Ravens lose this game even with Manuel at the helm. The Ravens can’t score. And the Ravens run defense is exposed with Williams out. Don’t be fooled Ravens fans. This year is going to be long and painful. Ozzie failed to build a team around a QB they are paying 20 mil/year and now we are seeing the results. This is 2017 and he is still drafting like it is 2000. MAJOR FAIL!

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    Yep. Ozzie has sucked at drafting since 2010.

    Long time…His salary allocation has also been abysmal.

  7. There are a number of teams visibly split over the anthem protests. I include my own in this.

  8. tylawspick6 says:

    October 3, 2017 at 9:13 am

    guitarkevin says:
    October 3, 2017 at 8:26 am
    The Ravens lose this game even with Manuel at the helm. The Ravens can’t score. And the Ravens run defense is exposed with Williams out. Don’t be fooled Ravens fans. This year is going to be long and painful. Ozzie failed to build a team around a QB they are paying 20 mil/year and now we are seeing the results. This is 2017 and he is still drafting like it is 2000. MAJOR FAIL!

    2 0 Rate This

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    Yep. Ozzie has sucked at drafting since 2010.

    Long time…His salary allocation has also been abysmal.

    ————————————————————————

    His salary allocation has sucked because his draft selections suck and he needs to go out and get free agents to pick up the slack. When is Bisciotti going to do something about this???

  9. guitarkevin says:
    October 3, 2017 at 12:23 pm
    tylawspick6 says:

    October 3, 2017 at 9:13 am

    guitarkevin says:
    October 3, 2017 at 8:26 am
    The Ravens lose this game even with Manuel at the helm. The Ravens can’t score. And the Ravens run defense is exposed with Williams out. Don’t be fooled Ravens fans. This year is going to be long and painful. Ozzie failed to build a team around a QB they are paying 20 mil/year and now we are seeing the results. This is 2017 and he is still drafting like it is 2000. MAJOR FAIL!

    2 0 Rate This

    ————-

    Yep. Ozzie has sucked at drafting since 2010.

    Long time…His salary allocation has also been abysmal.

    ————————————————————————

    His salary allocation has sucked because his draft selections suck and he needs to go out and get free agents to pick up the slack. When is Bisciotti going to do something about this???

    1 0 Rate This

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    Well, considering Bisciotti, Newsome, and Whinebaugh are all their biggest fans, so amazed with each other, I don’t think you will see any changes to come at all.

    HArbaugh would go first, but for whatever reason, Ozzie is seen as some kind of a genius, when his teams have missed the playoffs numerous times, and been .500 numerous times.

  10. tylawspick6 says:

    October 3, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    guitarkevin says:
    October 3, 2017 at 12:23 pm
    tylawspick6 says:

    October 3, 2017 at 9:13 am

    guitarkevin says:
    October 3, 2017 at 8:26 am
    The Ravens lose this game even with Manuel at the helm. The Ravens can’t score. And the Ravens run defense is exposed with Williams out. Don’t be fooled Ravens fans. This year is going to be long and painful. Ozzie failed to build a team around a QB they are paying 20 mil/year and now we are seeing the results. This is 2017 and he is still drafting like it is 2000. MAJOR FAIL!

    2 0 Rate This

    ————-

    Yep. Ozzie has sucked at drafting since 2010.

    Long time…His salary allocation has also been abysmal.

    ————————————————————————

    His salary allocation has sucked because his draft selections suck and he needs to go out and get free agents to pick up the slack. When is Bisciotti going to do something about this???

    1 0 Rate This

    ————–

    Well, considering Bisciotti, Newsome, and Whinebaugh are all their biggest fans, so amazed with each other, I don’t think you will see any changes to come at all.

    HArbaugh would go first, but for whatever reason, Ozzie is seen as some kind of a genius, when his teams have missed the playoffs numerous times, and been .500 numerous times.

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    It’s sad to admit, but this is probably true. Steve needs to put his business hat on and reassess this situation. Time for Ozzie to retire.

  11. Operator: “This is the Denver Broncos, how can I direct your call?”
    Steve Bisciotti: “Joe Woods, please.”

  12. a disgusted Ravens fan. This organizational will protect Flacco to the end.It will to see if Harbs or Ozzie are there to coach him or should i say baby him next year. I dont think they will. Drafts bad free agent signings have come back to bite this organization.

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