Despite coming away with a 19-3 victory this weekend, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had a problem with the offensive play-calling.
In an effort to mix things up against the New York Jets, the Ravens utilized the Wildcat offense with backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
However, Flacco was not a fan of the new strategy. According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun, the quarterback had this to say on Tuesday:
I don’t care how we use it in the game – successful or not successful, after a big play, not after a big play. I don’t care where it’s used, I’m just not a huge fan of it. I’m the quarterback. I want to be behind the line of scrimmage, I want to be taking the snaps. That’s really the only thing. I don’t necessarily take it personally either in terms of our offense trying to get better. I just think it makes us look like not an NFL team.
While no quarterback likes to see his role diminished, the Ravens have needed a boost on offense. The unit is tied for 24th in the league in points scored per game, and it ranks only 29th with 308.5 total yards per game.
Should the Ravens keep trying to use the Wildcat offense?
Flacco has struggled mightily himself; his quarterback rating has dropped from 87.7 last season to 76.8 in 2013. His 14 interceptions also represent a new career high, and there are still five games remaining in the season.
Unfortunately, it did not appear that the Wildcat provided much help in Week 12. While Taylor did run for 17 yards on his first play, he only finished with seven rushing yards on four carries. He also threw one incomplete pass.
Of course, it was clear Flacco had no interest in helping out in his own role, as noted by Bleacher Report's Cian Fahey:
Flacco really helping to sell the pass fake there by keeping his hands in his hands warmer at WR.— Cian Fahey (@Cianaf) November 24, 2013
On Wednesday, John Harbaugh responded to the comments (via Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun):
"My reaction would be my reaction," Harbaugh said Wednesday following practice at the Ravens' training complex. "I'll just leave it at that. One thing about Joe and I think any great player is they want the ball in their hands. He's always been that way."
Harbaugh said the team won't hesitate to run any kind of play or offense going forward regardless of a player's feelings.
"We're going to do everything we can do to move the ball offensively," Harbaugh said.
Despite these issues, the Ravens scored enough points to beat the Jets and remain in playoff contention in the AFC.
Still, offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell will have to get on the same page with his Super Bowl-winning quarterback before an important battle against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving Day.
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