I'm showing my age, but prior to Peyton or Montana was Johnny U. He invented being steely cold and calm under pressure in an era where grinding the quarterback into the turf was expected. Johnny wasn't your friend, he was a winner and in control. I think Joe is hitting his stride and this is his stage. He has to be pissed to out play Brady last year and still lost.
I don't care if he stands in front of the media and picks his underwear out of his arse as long as he WINS! And that's exactly what he does....he WINS football games. Everything else is just bulletin board fodder.
They respect him as a player/QB, that is all he needs. He doesn't have to be a 'leader."
The only emotion I need to see from Flacco is the fist pump after the Ravens score a TD.... He does his job and mostly does it well. I don't need a showboater pumping up himself like Cam Newton or a sissymary like Tom Brady begging for "roughing the passer" calls just because he was pushed to the ground! Joe's referred as Joe Cool for THAT reason! He takes the good and bad...internalizes it all and comes back with a mission. When that mission is complete....the fist pump comes and the emotions are let out....ready to build again for the next offensive drive.
I'm looking forward to many fist pumps from Flacco today~!
Of course, since none of us knows what was really going on behind the scenes, maybe he did try and it made no difference.
Now that Cam's gone, that's no longer an issue, and it does seem to have allowed Joe to be a little more demonstrative.
In recent weeks, however, Caldwell’s work with Flacco has gone a long way toward restoring his status as one of the N.F.L.’s more accomplished offensive gurus. In playoff victories over Indianapolis and Denver, Flacco threw for 613 yards and 5 touchdowns with no interceptions and a 120 passer rating.
Quarterback meetings with Caldwell, Flacco said, are all about open discussion. Flacco and his teammates have the freedom to float ideas past him. Anything is fair game. Caldwell listens nearly as much as he talks. “You can have honest conversations and grow your relationship,” Flacco said.
Anyone who wants to question his demeanor, listen at the end of the game, refs mike picked up this nugget, clearly Flacco's voice:
"We're gonna win a fucking ring!"
Speaking of calm demeanor, here is Jim Caldwell celebrating wildly after the Ravens victory over the Patriots!!!!! Someone please stop this man before the party gets out of control!! :happyanim :roll: :banana:
OK I am kidding. :) This photo is (I think?) from some other time. But if there is a calmer person on the planet than Jim Caldwell I have not seen him. Not even Flacco is this mellow.
And the more we hear, the more it sounds like J.C. has exactly the right kind of leadership style that Flacco and our offense needs. He listens to his players, especially the veterans who know what they are talking about. That's excellent. :thumbup:
Think back to 1 or 2 years ago and we all felt that Joe and our offense might, just might, be ready to turn the corner, put on their big boy pants and show us a real NFL offense. And it kept not happening, at least not with any reliable consistency.
Then Cam was shown the door, and they gave the keys to Jim Caldwell. And now we're seeing the offense we all suspected was lurking in there somewhere. The system and the players were not broken. It just needed to be used properly, and Jim is the man making that happen.
Some more highlights:
...Heading into Sunday, Caldwell had made a handful of changes that bolstered the Ravens’ offense. One was directing Flacco to roll out of the pocket with greater frequency, which helped stymie pass rushers. Linebackers and defensive ends are always trying to anticipate a quarterback’s “launch point,” Caldwell said. By keeping them guessing — would Flacco roll out? and if he did, would he move to his left or right? — Flacco bought additional time. The mere threat of being mobile made him more difficult to defend.
Even more important, Caldwell had called for Flacco to throw the ball deep far more often than he had under Cameron. Brock Huard, a former N.F.L. quarterback who spent two seasons with Caldwell in Indianapolis, said the move made a lot of sense. Known as a coach who typically plays to his quarterbacks’ strengths, Caldwell wanted Flacco to showcase his spring-loaded arm...
When Huard joined the Colts as a backup in 2002, he felt confident walking into his first quarterbacks meeting with Manning and Caldwell...
He was mistaken, and he came to that realization within seconds of entering the room. Caldwell had covered every inch of several large whiteboards with opponents’ tendencies, plays for various downs and distances, routes, cuts, schemes, checks and reads. Caldwell’s penmanship was meticulous, Huard said, each formula and diagram etched with the steady hand of a surgeon. Huard found roughly 95 percent of it to be incomprehensible. After studying algebra, he had landed in a graduate-school seminar on thermodynamics...
...Huard said. “There were actually times during the season when I was like, ‘Oh man, I hope Peyton doesn’t get hurt.’ Because what he and Jim were doing was so off-the-charts.”
Asked when he finally felt he had gotten up to speed, Huard said: “Never. That’s why I only lasted two years there.”
As far back as 1993, when Caldwell became the coach at Wake Forest, it was clear to his players that he refused to be wedded to a single offensive philosophy...