This season could be one of the turning points of quarterback Joe Flaccos career. Hes worked hard in the off-season, seems to be really connecting with the no-huddle style and could be a key component in making the offense more of a force.
Flacco is slowly growing more as a leader on the offense, and they need that. Every good team with an explosive offense features a quarterback whos in charge of the huddle and the show.
The Ravens offense appears to be becoming more potent. Last year, they were good at times, ineffective at others.
But when they were good, they were very good.
Can Flacco take them to the next level this year? Some of his teammates see the possibilities, which Ray Lewis addressed when talking to the media on Thursday.
Joe is just more vocal because he is more loose, Lewis said. I think bringing in quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell in hereI think he gives Joe a lot of flexibility to really just now take control of the offense, check out of this if you dont see that, do this if you dont see that. I think thats what, when you think about a quarterback like Joe, thats the type of quarterback that he has always been coming from his college days pretty much like a run-and-shoot offense."
Running back Ray Rice works with Flacco probably a little more than Lewis, and he really sees how the quarterback has grown because the two offensive threats have grown together.
Rice talked about how Flaccos evolving more as a leader now. You can hear it and see it, and Flaccos really taking charge of the Baltimore offense.
In pecking order, this is Joes offense, then everybody else, Rice said when speaking with the media earlier this week. And hes proved that this pre-season with how hes played, his tempo, how vocal he is, and the quiet Joe phase I think is pretty much over. And going into this game, Im confident, hes confidentI just cant wait to get out there with the guys so we can go out there and show guys what hes really capable of doing.