Flacco on Bulger: “I’m sure Marc is a great guy, but . . . .”
The signing of backup quarterback Marc Bulger gave the Ravens an insurance policy in case starter Joe Flacco goes down. But Flacco thought the quarterback situation in Baltimore was fine as it was.
Talking to the Baltimore Sun, Flacco didn’t say anything critical of Bulger, but he did wonder aloud whether adding Bulger to the roster was really necessary, and whether it could affect team chemistry in a negative way. And Flacco took up for backups Troy Smith and John Beck, one of whom will probably be out of a job as a result of Bulger’s arrival.
“I don’t want to have any bad words about Marc,” Flacco said. “I’m sure Marc is a great guy. But I had a great relationship with Troy and John. Depending on what happens, one of them might not be around and two of them might not be around. We’ll see what happens.”
Flacco knows he’ll be spending long hours with Bulger in the quarterback meetings, and he said if there’s any tension between them, that would be a problem.
“Hopefully, we just all get along well,” Flacco said. “When you have a little bit of tension in the room, it doesn’t lend to playing well. Yeah, he might bring a thing here or there that helps me out. We’ll see. It’s all about going out there, preparing during the week and having a good time doing that. Hopefully, we can do that.”
Whether it’s Smith or Beck who’s the odd man out in Baltimore, Flacco says he’ll be upset because he liked the group of quarterbacks the team had last year.
“Either way, it’ll be disappointing to see one of them go,” Flacco said. “I’m sure Marc is a great guy, and he’ll be fun to work with. I enjoy our [quarterback] room with Troy and John. It’s definitely going to be broken up a little bit. So, we’ll see how it goes.”