Teammates notice fire under Joe Flacco

AP

It’s fairly obvious to most observers that the Ravens are looking for a reason to get rid of quarterback Joe Flacco, sooner or later. It’s fairly obvious to Flacco, too. And it’s obvious to his teammates that it’s obvious to Flacco.

He’s obviously been challenged,” safety Eric Weddle said Wednesday, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “Drafting Lamar [Jackson] and bringing [Robert] Griffin in, it’s lit a fire under [Flacco]. You can tell. It has shown.”

Per Hensley, Flacco looks “leaner and trimmer,” and he’s more engaged with receivers before and after drills. Flacco also has been more demonstrative after making a bad throw.

The wild card remains Flacco’s health. Last year, a back problem kept him out of training camp, delaying his preparations for the start of the season. If he has another back issue, the door could be open for Lamar Jackson to do something more than participate in a speciality package.

30 responses to “Teammates notice fire under Joe Flacco

  1. I could see this playing out a lot like Alex Smith in KC last year. If Joe plays his cards right, he may end up being highly desired during free agency next year similar to how things went for Alex Smith. It can go a lot of different directions. Being a professional will only help him and his future.

  2. factschecker says:

    June 14, 2018 at 11:57 am

    I could see this playing out a lot like Alex Smith in KC last year. If Joe plays his cards right, he may end up being highly desired during free agency next year similar to how things went for Alex Smith. It can go a lot of different directions. Being a professional will only help him and his future.
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    Love this take.

  3. Wait, What?!?!?!?

    “Get rid of” Jump Ball Joe?

    I thought he was “ELITE’? Just ask any Maven/Harbaugh apologist on here.
    It wasn’t about the Deer Antler Juice ingesting All Pro Defense.
    It was JBJoe who led them to the promised land.

  4. You’d think with all the money he makes, and not being in the playoffs for years would be incentive enough.

  5. If you need extrinsic motivation, you’re doing something wrong. The elite push themselves to be better. The average and pedestrian need someone, or something, to lit a fire under them. But that fire burns out soon enough.

  6. Check Please!

    Ha ha, just kidding.

    If the Ravens move on from Flacco, it would be very interesting to see what the rest of his career will be. I do think he is a solid QB and can still play, but he has really underachieved the past few years, and as we ALL know, he has not lived up to the Contract in any way shape or form.

  7. Ravens trying to get out from under one of the worst contracts in sports. It’s why Ozzie was fired, being such an overrated GM.

    I am still laughing at the hype this Mickey Mouse franchise receives. You’d think their mortifying logo and uniform would be enough to drive any attention away. lmao

  8. steaksandwichandsteaksandwich says:
    June 14, 2018 at 12:09 pm
    Well played, Ravens. If you draft a QB in Round 1 and it lights a fire under your current QB, the impact on the team will be greater than adding another position player in Round 1.

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    How is it “well played”? They overpaid him, they’re in cap hell with a new GM and they are rebuilding.

    They’ve missed the playoffs 3 years in a row trying to mask this with their fans, completely clueless in the process.

    I had this nailed back in 2013. I also predicted that contract would force other teams into a cap hell.

    Look at the league and the quality of the league right now. Any team with a 25+ mil per QB annually, is a thin, paper tiger type team.

  9. Haven’t made the playoffs since punching themselves in the face with Deflategate. I hope Flacco plays forever.

  10. Playing in the cream-puff AFC North gives the Ravens as good a chance as any of the four mediocre teams in the division a chance to win. They certainly have the best coach in the division by a long shot.

  11. Jumpball Joe is only motivated because he wants to be able to collect the remaining $65M on his bloated contract.

  12. Laid back Joe? Fire under his butt? LOL! He is paid too much to sit the bench, plus he has no recievers. He can’t win this lose,lose predickerment

  13. If “crabby” Crabtree can keep he hat on, then Yeah! — “whacko” Flacco at least will have someone to throw to.

    But until the Ravens find a replacement for Ray Lewis, dey got no chance of gettin’ to a Supah Bowl, no time soon.

  14. xavier179 says:
    June 14, 2018 at 2:40 pm
    I guess smoldering would be considered a fire.
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    One man’s fire is another man’s “elite smoldering”…

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