Some have knocked Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco for not holding private workouts with his receivers prior to the start of OTA’s. However, new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has been impressed with how quickly Flacco has learned the offense.
“Joe is ahead of everybody on the curve from that standpoint, which he needs to be,” said Kubiak after Tuesday’s OTA session. “I like what’s happening right now. I’m just taking it a day at a time, but I think we’re building something. The greatest thing is the work habits are awesome. That’s all you can ask for as a coach.
“I think he worked his tail off when he was away from me. With the way the rules are set up, we tried to get Joe as much information as we could so he could study, and when it was time to go to work we could get hands on him and do those types of things. It was obvious when he came in how hard he had worked at what he was doing. He’s way ahead of the guys from that standpoint.”
It will be crucial for Flacco to be more efficient than last season, when he threw 22 interceptions and had a career-low 73.1 quarterback rating. Blame it on the offensive line, a dreadful running game, or his receivers if you wish. But Flacco’s play regressed, and the Ravens missed the playoffs for the first time in his six seasons.
The relationship between Flacco and Kubiak, coupled with Flacco’s performance, will be crucial to the Ravns’ success. So far, Kubiak and Flacco are clearly starting on the right foot.