In his Monday Morning Quarterback column, Sports Illustrateds Peter King takes on the Ravens offense, specifically the no-huddle, hurry-up version were expected to see this season.
Quarterback Joe Flacco told King he considers the offense total no-huddle, which harkens back to what Flacco ran in college at Delaware. King enumerates several ways in which this offense benefits the Ravens. Among them:
The no-huddle, by virtue of limiting substitutions, can tire out a defense. You figure an older defense would be especially susceptible. And who has an old defense? The Ravens chief AFC North rival, the Steelers.
The Ravens have added Jim Caldwell to the coaching staff as quarterbacks coach, and he was formerly head coach and quarterbacks coach of the foremost practitioners of the no-huddle, Peyton Mannings Colts. King writes: Caldwell was heavily involved in the best no-huddle offense the NFL has ever seen.
Everything will look simpler to Flacco because, well, it will be. The lack of shifting defensive personnel also means a lack of trickier defenses. With the fast pace of the offense, defenders probably aren't going to be as imaginative in play-calls. They just want to survive.
Flacco will be better in the no-huddle because he enjoys it. "I think the no-huddle can add a couple of minutes to the game for us,'' Flacco said. "I think we could get another possession per game out of it. The bottom line is, I'm happy we're doing it. Very happy.
Its this happiness that King points to as a reason to expect more out of Flacco this season. When you like doing something, King writes, you throw more of yourself into it.