Baltimore Ravens Preseason: No Concerns About Joe Flacco and the Offense

Old AccountSenior Writer IAugust 26, 2010

Joe Flacco continues to develop his chemistry with his new receivers in the pre-season.
Joe Flacco continues to develop his chemistry with his new receivers in the pre-season.Greg Fiume/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens prepare for the third game of the NFL pre-season, hosting the New York Giants in Baltimore. Ravens training camp has dealt with new changes this year, with the offense being the most watched and bringing the most excitement to camp thus far.

However, despite the early success in camp, questions have sprung from the media about the struggles in the pre-season.

The first string offense has failed to put up a ton of points in the short stints in the pre-season thus far.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has put up decent numbers thus far, with 192 yards passing yards on one touchdown with no interceptions.

However, as ESPN's AFC North blogger James Walker mentioned in his afternoon column: "Flacco also hinted that Baltimore isn't showing everything this preseason."

I have full belief in that statement. While many are quick to judge the Ravens offense thus far, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has widened the playbook this off season.

The acquisition of Anquan Boldin creates a more balanced attack for Baltimore, and a more successful season for Joe Flacco in 2010.

Through the first two pre-season games, the chemistry between Flacco and Boldin has been good thus far, just like in training camp.

Boldin has been giving Ravens fans a treat by practicing the long ball with Flacco, who in his first two years as a starter has shown his potential deep ball.

Ravens fans, there shouldn't be any reason to panic yet. It is the pre-season, where not only are guys trying to make the roster, but the starters are learning newly designed plays to help put them over the edge.

Head coach John Harbaugh will not waste his time showing off a screen pass to Ray Rice, or the connection between Flacco and veteran receiver Derrick Mason.

These plays have been a common theme at camp thus far, and many of these plays will not be shown during the practice games.

You can also guarantee the offensive minds of Cameron, Jim Zorn and Al Saunders are holding quite a few surprises in store for the regular season.

The biggest focus of the pre-season for the Ravens offense is getting timing down. With a surplus of talent from rookies and veterans joining the team, Joe Flacco needs to be given a game plan that not only satisfies all the starters, but can put them in the best position to be one of the top offenses in the league this season.


Matt Miselis is a Baltimore Ravens Featured Columnist for

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