By Edward Lee
6:00 AM EDT, September 30, 2011
Count Rex Ryan as being one of those surprised by the Ravens’ offensive performance against the St. Louis Rams Sunday.
In that 37-7 rout, the offense racked up a franchise-record 553 yards, wide receiver Torrey Smith became the first rookie to catch three touchdowns in a quarter, and quarterback Joe Flacco’s 389 yards ranked as the second most in team history.
That showing caught the attention of Ryan, the current New York Jets head coach and former Ravens defensive coordinator.
“I will say this: I was a little shocked when I saw it,” Ryan said during his conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday. “When I saw this kid catching three touchdowns in one quarter, and he really could have had five … But he’s a fast guy and all that kind of stuff, but I don’t think he’ll have equal success this week. If he does, then I’m just going to stay in Baltimore.”
On the flip side, New York inside linebacker and former Raven Bart Scott said he wasn’t startled primarily because of Flacco.
“I mean, it happens,” Scott said during a conference call Wednesday. “When things get to rolling, and you give up big plays and you get big plays, they come in bunches. And we all know Flacco’s always been … The best ball, I think, he’s always thrown was the deep ball and the deep out, which you have to have an extremely strong arm and accuracy. And we always know that, if you can run out there, he can get it to you.”
Flacco said he thinks that Sunday’s pass-heavy game plan won’t be an aberration.
“I think we are going to do whatever we do best,” he said. “When we go in there, we want to be aggressive and we want to have some checks and do some things and take some shots down the field and get everybody involved in the game plan. I think that is really the main goal – getting everybody involved. I think on Sunday, we did that. We did a great job of making sure everybody was able to go out there and give everybody an opportunity to make plays with the football. I think if we can continue to do that, get our playmakers, get those guys in one-on-one matchups, I think that is the key – getting all those guys one-on-one matchups and letting them make plays.”
Copyright © 2013, The Baltimore Sun