When the game was over, and finally realizing that the Baltimore Ravens made zero effort to showcase the wildcat offense against the Pittsburgh Steelers, it became very evident the Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco has a lot of say in what goes on in the organization.
With Flacco being a Super Bowl MVP, and one of the richest players in the league, he has power. Now that the legend Ray Lewis is no longer in a Ravens uniform, it is clearly Flacco’s team despite the philosophy still being defense oriented.
Despite the absence of the wildcat, Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh said that the formation will continue to be in the offense.
“We will continue to have it in the game plan,” Harbaugh noted via ESPN.com. “But the flow of the game dictated the way we were playing, and it wasn’t in our best interest to put it out there.”
That’s cute. Who is Harbaugh kidding? Flacco runs the show more than people would think, and I am happy about that.
But with control comes responsibility. Flacco hasn’t lived up to his contract this season. If he has that kind of power, the results have to come as well.
A lot of people, especially Flacco critics, will look at this situation, and use it against him. But while some of the criticism this year is warranted, Flacco has earned the right to prove himself over the course of his contract.
I like Flacco stepping up as a leader. It can only mean good things for the Ravens.
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