Flacco en­joys no-hud­dle of­fense

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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-

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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.

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