By Jon Meoli
The Baltimore Sun
7:07 PM EDT, July 26, 2014
Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak singled out quarterback Joe Flacco for his leadership in learning the Ravens' new offense Saturday, and said he's “very impressed” with the team's grasp of his schemes so far in training camp.
“It's kind of the third time we're going through our system, teaching it, and I think they've adjusted very well, but the most important thing is [Flacco] has adjusted extremely well,” Kubiak said. “He's got to lead the pack. He's done that from day one. He's got total command of what's going on right now.”
Kubiak said Flacco has excelled in the short passing game, which the coordinator attributed to his commitment to learning the footwork required of the different route progressions Flacco has to go through.
“His ability to go through progressions, to me, is exceptional,” Kubiak said. “Obviously, we've got to cut the sacks down a great deal this year. It's a big point of emphasis. The best way to do that is with your quarterback getting rid of the ball.”
Through three days of camp, Flacco has found plenty of open targets on short and intermediate routes. He also has shown he can handle the play-action and bootlegs expected of him in Kubiak's offense.
Kubiak, who coached Houston from 2006 to 2013, said three former Texans — tight end Owen Daniels, wide receiver Jacoby Jones and running back Justin Forsett — have been like “coaches on the field” for the Ravens, helping teammates learn the system quickly.
Kubiak also said running back Ray Rice and guard Marshal Yanda are “ahead of everyone else” in their knowledge of the scheme.
“That's the way it should be,” he said.
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