With just over 48 hours before the Ravens and Steelers kick it off on Thanksgiving night, both teams look to be quite healthy. Per ESPN, Pittsburgh looks set to get back two defensive veterans, lineman Brett Keisel and linebacker LaMarr Woodley. Both have missed the Steelers’ last two games, but have been practicing this week in advance of the AFC North clash with Baltimore.
In Owings Mills today, the chatter wasn’t about injuries, but about Joe Flacco’s comments on the “wildcat” offense.
Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports that the Super Bowl MVP likened the tactic to something you’d see played on Friday nights by teenagers.
A defiant Joe Flacco once again ripped the team’s use of the Wildcat offense in Sunday’s 19-3 win over the New York Jets, saying it makes the Baltimore Ravens look “like a high school offense.”
“I’m just not a huge fan of it,” Flacco said. “I’m the quarterback. I want to be behind the line of scrimmage, I want to be taking the snaps. That’s really the only thing. I don’t necessarily take it personally either in terms of our offense trying to get better. I just think it makes us look like not an NFL team.”
“I want as many chacnes as I can get behind the line of scrrimage. I just don’t like that stuff in general,” Flacco said. “Me and Tyrod talk about it. It’s just interesting to me. I’m all for us doing things to get better but we’re not going to be good if we just can’t get good at the basics of what we do 90 percent of the time. We have to be good at those things or we’re not going to be good no matter what. I just want to make sure that we’re focusing on getting good at those things.”
Flacco didn’t hide his dislike of the Wildcat when he lined up at wide receiver. He was so disinterested that he kept his hands in his front pouch and barely moved off the line after the ball was snapped.
“I’m not doing a single thing,” Flacco said about splitting out wide. “I’m not blocking. I’m not doing anything.”
As far as practice itself goes, we’re not sure if the Ravens went over any wildcat plays or not, as that portion of practice isn’t open to the media. All we can do is give you the injury report – and, like you, wait until Thursday to see what the Ravens’ game plan is.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: S Brynden Trawick (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: DE Chris Canty (shoulder)
OUT: DT Steve McLendon (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: T Marcus Gilbert (ankle); S Troy Polamalu (NIR); TE Heath Miller (NIR); LB LaMarr Woodley (calf)
FULL PARTICIPATION: DE Brett Keisel (foot); LB Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring); S Shamarko Thomas (ankle)