You have to admire Joe Flacco.
He’s in his second year as the starting quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, and in his first year of comfort in the position. So comfortable, that he’s making public declarations of support for his receiving corps of Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams.
You have to admire him for taking an active role of leadership. But Ozzie Newsome is a lot better off without Flacco questioning his maneuvering for more pieces to the championship puzzle, particularly when Cool Joe has no clue about what he’s talking about.
He says the receivers they have are good enough, and under normal circumstances of talent and possibility, they would be. Unfortunately, Derrick Mason is facing injury that might keep him out until the regular season.
Williams hasn’t appeared in more than 10 games in the last two years, and hasn’t had more than 22 catches in any of his three seasons in Baltimore.
And Clayton, while durable and capable of making a big play in a number of ways, is not the prototypical No. 1 receiver. While he is fast, there’s no imminent threat-factor to his game that widens things in the short field for Mason and Williams.
Maybe in time, Mason will recover well enough to be as productive as he was last season. Perhaps Clayton will develop to be more than a deep threat on any given down, and Williams will work the slot in a threatening offensive position on the field.
But as currently composed, for as much as we’ve seen, the Ravens pursuing another receiver is not such a bad idea.
The Anquan Boldin sweepstakes appear to be dead, but the Ravens have brought in four receivers who were mediocre in previous stops, but may be solid in a run-oriented offense with pass-fancy tendencies. Should the opportunity present itself to get a quality threat, such as a Chad Johnson, it may not be a reprehensible pursuit to look into it - even if Flacco thinks otherwise.
Both sides are doing exactly what needs to be done—Flacco needs to stick up for his teammates, and the team needs to be tactful and discreet about the way the bring in new players. Class all around for everyone involved.
Some teams could learn a lesson from the way Purple City does business.