Head coach John Harbaugh confirmed at the NFL owners meetings that Joe Flacco has started the process of getting his weapons together for informal offseason workouts.
Joe’s got to get that worked out. That’s up to him to do. But I’ve heard they’re doing that. Joe has kind of communicated that through texts, and Torrey has told me that they have a session planned and are trying to work out the dates and all that. I’ll be looking forward to seeing how it goes. It is important. It’s big.
Flacco is one of the hardest workers on the team and has been seen for all the team oriented workouts and minicamps in the past, but organizing informal workouts is a new step. However, it is an important step that you see veteran quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Drew Bress take in getting on the same page with their targets and one that is necessary after the hiring of Gary Kubiak this offseason as they try and learn a new scheme and new plays.
Flacco has been the focus of some critiques after throwing a franchise record 22 interceptions and having one of his worst seasons as a pro. Habaugh has defended his quarterback by saying that he has improved in certain areas, including his ability to get out of the pocket and make plays. Harbaugh has acknowledged that informal workouts can only help though and has been quoted as saying:
Doing extra work is critically important as far as the strength and conditioning — balance, body control, foot quickness, athleticism-type things because they’re with us so little
Like with so many things in life, practice makes perfect and the extra time spent with his receivers is what takes a close team over the top. With most of the top quarterbacks in the league taking the opportunity to do informal workouts, Flacco finally jumping on that ship should make next year one to remember.