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Blache on Flacco's Development

Jason Reid reports:

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache is impressed with Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback Joe Flacco.

"For a young quarterback to come in and do all the things he's done in this league is exceptional," he said before practice at Redskins Park. "His ability to read the coverages, to manage the offense, to handle pressure and pressure situations, I think the guy's done a phenomenal job.

"And the coaches have done a good job of giving him packages and giving him things that fit him and allow him to grow faster than a lot of other people. They didn't force a system on him. I think they created a system around him that allowed him to be the best that he could be."

Flacco has completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,276 yards and 12 touchdowns with nine interceptions for Baltimore (8-4), which trails the first-place Pittsburgh Steelers by one game in the AFC North. His 82.3 passer rating ranks 20th in the NFL.

In the Ravens' 34-3 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last week, Flacco completed 19 of 29 passes for 280 yards. He threw two touchdown passes and had a 119.9 passer rating. Flacco has had a passer rating of more than 109 during four games.

"Every week you see them doing a little bit more. As he grows, they're letting the package grow right along with him, Blache said. "You see the coaches becoming more confident and comfortable with him, letting him do more and things."
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For the Ravens, Jared Gaither, Ed Reed and Samari Rolle weren't really taking part in the early portion of practice. Those players, plus Willis McGahee, are among the injury concerns for Baltimore, though all were active last week. (McGahee did not participate in the game, however.)

By Cindy Boren  |  December 4, 2008; 1:20 PM ET
 
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Posted by: dante232 | December 4, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

If he breaks his ribs, will he have to wear a Flacco Jacket?

Posted by: tafka | December 4, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

That said, six sacks, Mr. Blache. Six sacks.

Posted by: daggar | December 4, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Blache on Flacco-- "And the coaches have done a good job of giving him packages and giving him things that fit him and allow him to grow faster than a lot of other people. They didn't force a system on him. I think they created a system around him that allowed him to be the best that he could be."

Perhaps a not so subtle dig at the offensive coaches of the 'Skins?

Posted by: 4-12 | December 4, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

No I said it was a bad move but who knew at the time. Not the FO can't help themselves. Espically after I praised the move. That's where the problem is. It is one thing to say it is a bad move at the start and then bash the FO when you turn out to be right. It is something totally different when you say it is a good move at the start then bash the office at the end. As if you said it was a bad move all along. It doesn't make you look smart. To me it makes you look even more dumb. As I stated before I can respect a man that takes a stand and proven he is wrong and admit it than one that doesn't or take a stand than don't admit he is wrong.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | December 4, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

The difference between Flacco and JC17 is that Flacco has an elite teacher and experinced OC in Cam Cameron.

We have an inexperinced HC and OC, who happens to be the QB coach. And his name is Jim Zorn. What QB has he helped bring up the ranks?

All this talk about Hasselback, but Zorn wasn't on the same squad with him until his 4th or 5th year and all he had to do was teach him. No worrying about offensive plays. No worrying about personnel and group packages. No managing the practices or the game day experince such as throwing the red flag and when to kick. Just teach 2 or 3 players....

Also, JLaC basically called Zorn an 'Elite QB'. I know I wasn't born when he was playing, but never have I heard anyone call Zorn an elite QB during his team. Good, maybe great, but not elite. Also, you can tell Sonny J dosen't like him a whole lot when watching the JZ Show on Saturdays.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 4, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

4-12: Question for you....

How come in the evening when it gets dark I am able to listen to WFAN 660 from NYC and 670 sports talk from Chicago all the way in the District?

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 4, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Also, you can tell Sonny J dosen't like him a whole lot when watching the JZ Show on Saturdays.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 4, 2008 1:36 PM


How can you tell. Does he give hime the "evil eye" or something?

Posted by: Predator48 | December 4, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

psp, you're defending it!!!! That is laughable, dude seriously laughable.
Zorn worked with the guy on a daily basis in Seattle, and didn't want him, but you're carrying that torch, come clean, is he related to you??

Great, he has more receiving yards than D. Thomas, he's also....wait for it......wait for it.....INJURY PRONE, as he has been his WHOLE CAREER....your 'he has more receiving yards' is completely grasping at staws....UFB.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg

Yes, I'm defending it because it was not a BAD signing. It wasn't a good signing either, because it didn't work out. But the Panthers did NOT spend any draft picks to get him, did NOT sign him to a long term contract, and did NOT have their salary cap affected by it. It is no different than the Redskins signing Shaun Alexander (which also was not a bad signing). There's a slight difference between signing DJ Hackett for vet minimum and spending 2 draft picks and $9 million on Jason Taylor, who has done just about as much as Hackett has so far this year.

Posted by: psps23 | December 4, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

psp, you're defending it!!!! That is laughable, dude seriously laughable.
Zorn worked with the guy on a daily basis in Seattle, and didn't want him, but you're carrying that torch, come clean, is he related to you??

Great, he has more receiving yards than D. Thomas, he's also....wait for it......wait for it.....INJURY PRONE, as he has been his WHOLE CAREER....your 'he has more receiving yards' is completely grasping at staws....UFB.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 4, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

4th- It has to do with changes in the atmosphere at night (seriously). There's less interference in the atmosphere, so the AM signal travels much, much farther, so you can hear NY, Chicago, Boston, etc.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 4, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

How come in the evening when it gets dark I am able to listen to WFAN 660 from NYC and 670 sports talk from Chicago all the way in the District?

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 4, 2008 1:38 PM

Two reasons: some of the big stations around the country are allowed to increase their power and change their antenna direction at night, allowing them to be heard in faraway cities. Second, there are fewer stations broadcasting at night (some small local stations only have daylight licenses), so there is less traffic/interference on the big frequencies at night.

Posted by: tafka | December 4, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Dude, Zorn didn't want him. Whats that tell you.

Furthermore, his salary is probably TWICE what Thomas's is, and guess what, next year when DJ is a free agent, AGAIN, Thomas will be STILL under contract.

Furthermore I don't know how you compare DJ Hackett, and J-Taylor?? Thats on you. Does one catch = 1 tackle?

You can be wrong...its ok....you can do it....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 4, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it was meant as a dig at the OC. But we do need to taylor the offense to this QB, but we needed to do that for our last 6-7 qb's

Posted by: alex35332 | December 4, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

How can you tell. Does he give hime the "evil eye" or something?

Posted by: Predator48 | December 4, 2008 1:40 PM

It's just tell by their demeanor on the show...

(George Michaels usually asks questions that don't reflect well on the HC and then JZ goes into the whole 'execution this, 2 or 3 plays that. Then George tells JZ, I'm sorry, but Sonny submitted that question, then Sonny says, yeah I did. And it happens every week. Then Sonny will always follow up on said question because JZ never really answers it. Also, Sonny belittled him earlier in the season a few times when talking about their old playing days, but I forgot what he said)

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 4, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

4th, what could it possibly matter if Sonny J "doesn't like [Zorn] a whole lot"? Does that have something to do with the point you were making about Zorn's not being among the "elite" QBs of his era? Just tripped me up a bit how you threw that in there at the end... is your point that Zorn is not the man most of us think he us?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 4, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

+++The difference between Flacco and JC17 is that Flacco has an elite teacher and experinced OC in Cam Cameron.

We have an inexperinced HC and OC, who happens to be the QB coach. And his name is Jim Zorn. What QB has he helped bring up the ranks?+++


Nope, the REAL difference is in the offensive line and receivers available.

Baltimore's OLine (and three RBs, at least one of whom is healthy each week) provide a run attack, and the pass blocking allows him to run his progressions.

Before the elderly, smallish Redskins OLine got worn down, no one complained about Campbell's performance. Portis was fresh, too, and Moss didn't have hamstring problems.

Now the skins line is beat up, as is Portis, and the run game is no longer formidable. Surprise, that effects the passing game which is additionally damaged by Moss being out of the picture, and ZERO contribution from the drafted or FA receivers Cerrato brought in this year.

Amazing, how much easier it is for a QB to develop when he's allowed to pass from an upright position against a defense that fears the run and respects the receivers.


Posted by: TheCork | December 4, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

JM220 - I'll agree that the subtle dig on the FO from JLC is petty. But him pointing out that FO made a bad decision (so far) is not. JLC doesn't need to reiterate his initial positions on every single move the FO makes.

Posted by: psps23 | December 4, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Actually tafka, most AMs have to reduce their power at night, not increase it. If they kept broadcasting at their daytime power, they'd interfere with each other.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 4, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Nate - I don't know Zorn. None of us knew Zorn (as a coach). You can only go with what we know now.

And it's 50-50 right now. Wil he or won't he adapt. West Coast or Redskins Football. Bump Midwest. Make a decision. Right now I'm thinking, how can you run a WC offense with a Bugel running game?

As JLaC noted, the Ravens are adapting their offense to the QB and not trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

I put the Sonny comment in as I was emptying out my head of thoughts for my 1st post of the day. Not trying to connect the dots in any way. But I am still trying to feel this guy out (JZ).

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 4, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

JLaC said Zorn knows something about 'Elite' QBs. I assumed he was talking about Zorn. It couldn't have been Hasselback, could it?

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 4, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Cork,

While I don't put the blame solely on JC's shoulders he deserves his share. It's been tough with the Pass Protection but you have to make plays as a QB to punish teams who blitz and stunt. No position on the field controls the fortune of a team like the QB. If the team is failing to score then the QB is a big part of that.

Posted by: Gweez | December 4, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Flacco is throwing to TWO experienced, talented WR's in Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton along with a Pro Bowl-caliber TE in Todd Heap. Not to mention that he has a much better offensive line that actually gives him some presentation and opens holes in the running game.

If JC was playing up in Baltimore, they would be a Super Bowl contender this year. He's much further along than Flacco in his development (not to say that Flacco won't be better long-term). If JC had a legit 2nd receiver plus a better offensive line, he'd be putting up better numbers in JZ's offense.

People need to face facts that this offense with the exception of Portis, Cooley, and Moss has a bunch of guys who are old, injured, or wouldn't start on a good team (i.e. ARE). This offense has actually gotten worse since 2005 and now we have a very old, subpar O-Line, which used to be a strength. Even if we get in the playoffs this year, we need to replace at least 3 of the 5 starters on the O-Line an, develop a legit 2nd WR (maybe Kelly or Thomas will be the answer), and possibly even a 3rd receiver since ARE is overpaid.

Posted by: wizfan89 | December 4, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

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