OWINGS MILLS – Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti challenged quarterback Joe Flacco to play better than he did in 2016, citing the quarterback’s performance as a major X-factor in the team’s future fortunes.
“I certainly don’t think we saw the Joe Flacco he’s capable of being,” Bisciotti said at his annual “State of the Ravens” press conference, also attended by general manager Ozzie Newsome, coach John Harbaugh, and team president Dick Cass. “We’ve seen a better Joe Flacco in the past.
“I’m pretty optimistic that Joe is going to be better next year than he was. That, to me, is the biggie on the offensive side of the ball. We need to get more out of Joe. I’m sure Joe would agree with me, and Joe’s committed to making that happen.”
Flacco was coming off a season-ending knee injury in 2015, and finished with 20 touchdown passes, 15 interceptions, and an 83.5 quarterback rating.
The Ravens are wed to Flacco for the foreseeable future, thanks to a three-year, $66.4 million contract extension in 2016 that keeps him under contract through 2021.
As Flacco goes, so goes the Ravens offense.
Therefore, much of what the Ravens do this offseason, including the decision to retain offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg, will be targeted toward giving Flacco what he wants, and what he needs, to succeed.
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