Ravens want Joe Flacco, new wideouts to “work beyond practice”

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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco missed all of training camp and the preseason last year due to a back injury and got off to a rough start in the regular season with six interceptions in his first four games of the year.

Flacco found a bit more success as the year went along and is currently on track to have a full offseason of work. That’s good for the Ravens because he’ll be working with new receivers in John Brown and Michael Crabtree and coach John Harbaugh says it is “critically important” that they get on the same page.

“[The reps are] the most important thing of all,” Harbaugh said, via the team’s website. “You have to practice. It’s a practice sport. You have to get good. You can’t just roll the ball out there and be great, especially in the passing game. … But with those guys getting the reps and getting really good at what they do, and even beyond that, let’s go to work outside of practice and build that rapport.”

Flacco has not made a habit of getting together with his receivers for a passing camp during past offseasons, but the circumstances of this year and a three-year playoff drought may be enough to alter his approach.

 

18 responses to “Ravens want Joe Flacco, new wideouts to “work beyond practice”

  1. You also have to read the rule book, coach. Have you done some of that or just excuse-building?

  2. Flacco is a decent qb you can win with. Maybe he cant make the touch passes, and maybe he is a bit trigger happy to check down with his patch-work O-line… but he has done it before, and he has a cannon for an arm.
    If they get the practice in and maybe another receiver, tight end and an upgraded back, Baltimore should be in the playoffs again.

  3. You know, this is what sucks about Harbaugh and the Ravens. Ravens’ fans have been saying and complaining for years that Flacco doesn’t put in the work during the offseason like the other greats. Yet, we would always hear the same old tired lines when local media questioned them. “We like Joe’s work ethic”, “Joe works harder than anyone”, “Nobody’s more prepared to play football than Joe”. Now this? Get outta here. Welcome to 5 years ago Harbaugh! We said this years ago.

  4. There’s a big difference between Flacco saying it vs. his coach saying it. One is “he’s dedicated”, the other is a stern reminder of the CBA from the NFLPA.

  5. Let’s not forget that Joe solidified a position of need when we desperately needed it and helped the Ravens win their 2nd Championship. But I think Joe’s legacy in Baltimore is very much at stake this season. He may not show much in social media presence, but he has to know “the blame is narrowing down on him”, especially from the fans. But I think all the OC changes and veteran WR acquisitions over the years is also an indicator, that’s the blame is coming down on him. If I’m his agent, I’m in his ear day and night to for Joe to do the right thing and develop a rapport with all the new receivers via extra-curricular drills/workouts etc. Be the first guy in and the last guy out. He’s healthier than he has been in a few years. The timing couldn’t be better. Come on Joe, show us that you really care and want to be the leader the team and fans are hoping you can/should be. And solidify your place in Ravens lore.

  6. Maukey says:
    April 3, 2018 at 9:06 am
    You know, this is what sucks about Harbaugh and the Ravens. Ravens’ fans have been saying and complaining for years that Flacco doesn’t put in the work during the offseason like the other greats. Yet, we would always hear the same old tired lines when local media questioned them. “We like Joe’s work ethic”, “Joe works harder than anyone”, “Nobody’s more prepared to play football than Joe”. Now this? Get outta here. Welcome to 5 years ago Harbaugh! We said this years ago.

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    Did you really just compare Flacco to the “other greats”? Wow, I am flabbergasted. Flacco is less great than Eli Manning. Flacco is less great than Nick Foles. Flacco is only the third best QB is his division, because the Browns exist.

  7. guitarkevin says:
    April 3, 2018 at 10:36 am
    Let’s not forget that Joe solidified a position of need when we desperately needed it and helped the Ravens win their 2nd Championship. But I think Joe’s legacy in Baltimore is very much at stake this season. He may not show much in social media presence, but he has to know “the blame is narrowing down on him”, especially from the fans. But I think all the OC changes and veteran WR acquisitions over the years is also an indicator, that’s the blame is coming down on him. If I’m his agent, I’m in his ear day and night to for Joe to do the right thing and develop a rapport with all the new receivers via extra-curricular drills/workouts etc. Be the first guy in and the last guy out. He’s healthier than he has been in a few years. The timing couldn’t be better. Come on Joe, show us that you really care and want to be the leader the team and fans are hoping you can/should be. And solidify your place in Ravens lore.

    I get that there has been many OCs in Baltimore during Flacco’s career, a couple left for a HC spot but didn’t they fire more OCs then those who got promotions? Joe is a good QB. He is overpaid, but he is good. However he isn’t good enough to make his weapons look better.

  8. Did Flacco ask them for more money after they asked him to work beyond practice? He probably doesn’t think he’s overpaid enough yet.

  9. The best thing to happen to Joe is the competition committee keeping PI as a spot foul.

  10. akaodoyle says:
    April 3, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Maukey says:
    April 3, 2018 at 9:06 am
    You know, this is what sucks about Harbaugh and the Ravens. Ravens’ fans have been saying and complaining for years that Flacco doesn’t put in the work during the offseason like the other greats. Yet, we would always hear the same old tired lines when local media questioned them. “We like Joe’s work ethic”, “Joe works harder than anyone”, “Nobody’s more prepared to play football than Joe”. Now this? Get outta here. Welcome to 5 years ago Harbaugh! We said this years ago.

    ————————————————–

    Did you really just compare Flacco to the “other greats”? Wow, I am flabbergasted. Flacco is less great than Eli Manning. Flacco is less great than Nick Foles. Flacco is only the third best QB is his division, because the Browns exist.
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    First of all, Flacco is the second best QB in the division. Regardless of stats the last few years, Dalton hasn’t won a Super Bowl and has choked in the biggest moments. Plus, Flacco has never had an AJ Green or the weapons Dalton has had in general. Not making excuses for him, he’s sucked all but one year since the Super Bowl, but Dalton is not an overall better QB than Flacco.

    Second, I’m not comparing Flacco to the greats saying he’s as good as they are. You’re misreading what I’m saying. I’m saying Ravens fans have been complaining for years that great QBs put in work during the offseason. They set up camps with their receivers, hold workouts at their own private facilities, etc. Flacco has NEVER as far as we’ve seen or heard done that. He’s being paid like a great QB and he’s not acting, preparing, or playing like one.

  11. WR’s in Baltimore were seen pole vaulting in practice…any thing to get that edge for the jump balls. Also seen watching European soccer tapes for those awesome 50 yd PI playcalls.

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