In the last 24 hours in Baltimore, Ravens legend and future hall of fame linebacker Ray Lewis caused a big stir when he questioned Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and his passion for the game as you can see here. Questioning someone’s passion for the game is arguably the worst thing you could say about professional athlete.
Considering the fact that Flacco tore his ACL and MCL around this time last season and continued to rehab throughout the 2016 offseason to make it to week 1 of the regular season should tell everyone how passionate Flacco is about his career.
Earlier today, Flacco spoke out about Ray’s recent comments as Sarah Ellison of BaltimoreRavens.com pointed out and you could tell that Flacco was a bit annoyed by it.
Joe Flacco responds to Ray Lewis' comments:https://t.co/3mskfT7Lmi— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) November 18, 2016
Some will say that Ray was with Flacco for five season so he must know what he is talking about. Look, Ray Lewis is the best player in Ravens history and arguably one of the best leaders in the history professional sports. But as much as I am fan of Ray, this was not a good look for him. You don’t throw your own teammate under the bus like that retired or not.
Does Flacco have his moments on the field where it is frustrating seeing him and the rest of the offense out of sync? Absolutely. But at the same time, just because things are not efficient doesn’t mean that Flacco isn’t trying.
In Flacco’s defense, he has had five different offensive coordinators in the last four years. I don’t care what quarterback you are, that is an abnormal amount of coordinators to have in such a short time frame and there is no continuity in that whatsoever. Flacco has constantly had to learn offensive systems differently from other coordinators and learn how each of his five offensive coordinators like to call games.
Flacco has had the following coordinators since 2012:
- Cam Cameron (2008-2012)
- Jim Caldwell (2012-2013)
- Gary Kubiak (2014)
- Marc Trestman (2015-2016)
- Marty Mornhinweg (2016-present)
Out of the five, Caldwell and Kubiak went on leave Baltimore to become head coaches. Cameron and Trestman are currently looking for new coaching positions. So when you have those things factoring into the equation, ya it is a bit understandable why the offense struggles to find consistency. But guess what? Through all of those coordinators, Flacco did manage to become a Super Bowl MVP in that time and you can’t take that away from him.
Ray knows better than to say what he said and according to the soundbite above, Flacco doesn’t plan on reaching out to Ray anytime soon. Ray has to make things right with Flacco because there is no way Ray can enter M&T Bank Stadium or the Under Armour Performance Center without there being a bit of awkwardness without things being patched up.