KIDZ KORNER: Joe shut me up!

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Maybe there is a reason that Ray Lewis handed the title “The General” to Joe Flacco. Ray knew that there is something special with Flacco, something that many did not see. I was one of those fans that doubted Flacco at times. Throughout his career, Flacco showed that he just couldn’t finish the job. Four years with great teams, yet no Super Bowl appearance. His time was running short and his future was in serious jeopardy.

“The General” came through. Not the old General, but Baltimore’s NEW general.

This postseason, arguably changing his career, Joe Flacco is verifying that his self-assessment of “elite” is not too far-fetched. He isn’t Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, but he is a big-time franchise QB.

In an article written by yours truly late in December, I labeled Flacco “an average QB who will never win a Super Bowl.” I was wrong. Flacco has proven to me and the rest of Ravens nation that he is a franchise QB and the leader of the future.

The guy is a gun slinger! I can’t name another quarterback that can throw a 70-yard bomb to win, out-play Tom Brady, and have an 8-0 TD: INT ratio in one postseason. For the third time, Joe Flacco out-dueled Brady and made him look like the young gun.

It took a little while to get rhythm; it wasn’t until the 2nd quarter until he surpassed his one completion and from that point forward, Joe Cool was unstoppable hitting 20 of 30 in the last three quarters. He had 233 yards in those quarters, and went on to score 21 unanswered points.

Jim Caldwell knew what he was doing in this one. He started out with a run first mentality. Although it seemed illogical, in the end, the strategy had the Patriots gunning too quickly. Caldwell unleashed the beast in Flacco and really took the chains off.

Flacco elaborated on Caldwell’s scheme: “In the first half, we were probably a little bit run-heavy and they did a good job of stopping it.” Flacco said. “We didn’t come all the way here to play it safe and hope to win. We came here to win the AFC Championship Game and you have to play to win.”

Unlike the horrific play-calling of the easily forgotten Cam Cameron, Caldwell is exactly what the doctor ordered for Flacco and Co.

With playmakers like Torrey Smith and middle-field threats like Dennis Pitta and “Q”, Flacco is comfortable, calm and collected.

The biggest and most prosperous wrinkle in the re-vamped, big play offense was the switch for Michael Oher. Now on the right side, Oher has been one of the better linemen on the field. If Oher and the rest of the crew can continue to successfully give Flacco time, a Lombardi trophy is in their future!

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8 Raves on “KIDZ KORNER: Joe shut me up!

  1. Anonymous on said:

    Wow that article in December was pretty harsh!! I thought it was funny as you went through the years and everyone was ending in the playoffs, yet still not good enough. He is still young, just turned 28. A friend of mine is a Bills fan. Things could be worse. Most teams would be excited for 2 playoff appearances in 5 years.

  2. Jerry B on said:

    Yep, this is one Raven who’s making a lot of critics eat…..crow! After all is said and done, the Ravens WOULD NEVER had made the playoffs 5 straight years without Joe Flacco, whose demaenor reminds me of another seemingly lackadisacal QB I had the priviilge of watching for many years by the name of…..John Unitas!

  3. Rumor Ray on said:

    Remember Had Lee Evans HELD on to the Football this would be Flacco’s 2nd Super Bowl and Repeat AFC Champions….. Flacco won the game last year however our receivers lost the game.

    Flacco is our QB and like it or not … he is ELITE !!

  4. The City that Reeds on said:

    It’s amusing to see a blog-writer finally capitulate on such a bold call. It’s amusing to see after making such a final decision on the upside of a player and calling for systemic team-wide changes based on no SuperBowl appearances (Dan Marino was bad?), magically, in one game, turn and write a half-assed apology trying to jump on board. Columns like these, as well as across the Raven’s nation, written by bloggers with no ability to judge players beyond a QBR (I’ll excuse your 9th grader status) make me thankful Ozzie Newsome and Steve Bisciotti make the unemotional decisions.

    Again, I know you are young, but I sincerely hope moving forward, you conduct more diligence and have more respect for the columns you write, because this one was pathetic (though well written), and need to be called for being dead wrong. Next time, study the games a bit more, understand the affect of offensive lines, coordinators, and opposing defenses. After all, you are a writer for Raven’s Nation, not a drunk guy on Russell Street after a Raven’s 3 point loss to the Steelers, screaming for changes. Us reader’s will take care of that,

    • Joe Wedra on said:

      Thanks for the comment. I understand that you think I am just a 9th grader who just watches the games and goes back to doing other things. The fact is, I study the game of football more than anyone at my age. I saw many weaknesses in Flacco’s game around week 14, and they needed to be addressed. Too many bloggers and analysts write as fans instead of writing in an un-biased manner.
      Flacco had not shown that he can finish the job up until this year’s playoffs. Through 2012, he was reading only one route instead of expanding his vision. He often read the check down and stayed with that route throughout the entire play. In the playoffs, he is doing what he had not shown in his previous 4 years. His vision has advanced to the entire field and that has led to big plays, and big stats.
      I know I would have been wrong if I wouldn’t have addressed what Flacco has done since that piece was published.
      Again, thank you for the comment and I hope you come back to read more of my articles.

      • gianna onorato on said:

        So Mr. Wedra my dad is a defensive coordinator at the college level. And he has been telling me for 5 yrs that Joe flacco is an elite QB. He has all the tools but Cameron was holding the offense back. Now I called Joe a good QB but not someone you can win multiple championships with. Maybe 1 like dilfer. Now I was wrong and of course my dad was right. Ravens fans put everything on Joe when Joe wasn’t happy and was not comfortable. Now he is and now we see what my dad was saying. Go Joe. GO RAVENS

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