Under the direction of new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, the Ravens are nearly done installing their revamped playbook.
Quarterback Joe Flacco will receive the playbook soon to get ready for organized team activities and minicamps. Flacco will participate in the offseason program and offseason camps, coach John Harbaugh says.
“He’ll get the playbook as soon as we get it finished, which is very soon after we get back," Harbaugh said at the NFL scouting combine. "It’s really done, so he’ll get the playbook right away, and I’m sure there will be conversations about Xs and Os to whatever extent is within the rules.
"And Joe will probably take that and run with it. If you’ve got a playbook, it’s pretty self-explanatory if you know football, and Joe can take it and run with it and prepare for the [organized team activities]. Joe’s committed to being at the OTAs.”
The Ravens will have adjustments to make to Kubiak's system, which emphasizes zone-blocking schemes, athletic linemen and running the football. With the Houston Texans, until last year when quarterback Matt Schaub had a disastrous season before being benched, Kubiak had a productive offense headlined by wide receiver Andre Johnson, running back Arian Foster and tight end Owen Daniels.
"They’ve been working really hard getting the playbook together," Harbaugh said. "Obviously they know what they want to do, so it’s not starting from scratch by any stretch. I’ve had a few conversations about a few points here or there that we want to be on the same page with, and getting the coaches on the same page. He’s talking with the new coaches and making sure they understand what we’re doing.”