Flacco enjoys no-huddle offense
— In a stretch in which the they have won two of their last three games, the Baltimore Ravens have added a new wrinkle: the no- huddle offense.
Quarterback Joe Flacco is a fan.
“I think it plays well to what we do; we have a lot of speed. We get guys in little cracks with simple things,” he said. “I think getting up to the ball plays into that.”
The no-huddle helped Baltimore jump out to an early 10- 0 lead over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Ravens mostly did away with it in the second half, but that was likely the result of wanting longer posses-
sions while playing with the lead.
“No- huddle is good, but going two- minute drill like that 100 percent of the time doesn’t allow you to get to your whole offense,” Flacco said. “Obviously, the more you do it, the more teams will be ready for it and have some kind of plan for it. I think when you just surprise it and put it in here or there, it is not like the [ opposing] team necessarily had a great plan for that coming in, so you can take advantage of that a little bit.”
While the Ravens’ defense has consistently been ranked among the top units in the NFL this season, the offense has struggled to find consistency. Baltimore ranks in the bottom 10 for yards and points per game amongst of- fensive units.
Flacco thinks going faster, while simultaneously simplifying things could help.
“Sometimes when you come out of the huddle and you are doing all this play- action and you are making a check here and you are doing this here, it can be a lot for guys to think about,” he said. “I think when you go out and play full speed, and guys that have not had a ton of reps and things like that are able to just play fast without thinking too much and just reacting, I think it plays into their hands better. It plays into our hands as a team better.”
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) attempts a pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter on Sunday, Nov. 20 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.