Flacco on wildcat: Makes Ravens look like high school offense
Can you imagine a little pregame banter on Thursday night between Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger:
"Hey, happy Thanksgiving! And how about that Wildcat nonsense? Can you believe we've both had to do that?"
Flacco made headlines on Tuesday when he declared that the Wildcat look -- which the Ravens essentially unveiled for a few plays against the New York Jets -- made the Ravens "look like a high school offense." The Steelers had done essentially the same thing against the Ravens back in Week 7, and Roethlisberg wasn't a big fan, either.
"I don’t care where it’s used; I’m just not a huge fan of it," Flacco said. "Like I said, I’m the quarterback, I want to be behind the line of scrimmage, and I want to be taking the snaps. That’s really the only thing. And I don’t necessarily take it personally either in terms of our offense trying to get better. I just think it makes us look not like an NFL team.”
If that sounds at all familiar to Steelers fans, it might be because quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said essentially the same thing after the Steelers unveiled a Wildcat look back in Week 7.
Like the Ravens, the Steelers offense had been struggling. So they unveiled a Wildcat look against the Ravens, with Roethlisberger splitting out wide and running back Le'Veon Bell taking a direct snap. It appears to catch the Ravens by surprise at first, though the net was a modest total of 18 yards on four snaps.
Afterward, Roethlisberger said on his weekly radio show that, “I don’t like to go over and just be split out wide and take a chance that a (defensive back) is going to come up. I don’t think we’ll see a lot of it.”
Roethlisberger also said he didn't like the idea of someone other than a quarterback taking a direct snap.
"To take a shotgun snap, even as a quarterback, there’s a chance of fumbles and things happening and we do it all the time,” Roethlisberger said. “So I think your chances of something bad happening goes up when you do that Wildcat stuff because it’s just unnatural, things that (running backs) are just not used to doing."