On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., Mar. 02, 2017 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST NFL Combine The NFL Scouting Combine is a vital event in the path to the draft. More than 300 prospects will participate in the 2017 combine in their quest to achieve their NFL dreams.
  • Fri., Mar. 03, 2017 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST NFL Combine The NFL Scouting Combine is a vital event in the path to the draft. More than 300 prospects will participate in the 2017 combine in their quest to achieve their NFL dreams.
  • Sat., Mar. 04, 2017 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST NFL Combine The NFL Scouting Combine is a vital event in the path to the draft. More than 300 prospects will participate in the 2017 combine in their quest to achieve their NFL dreams.
  • Sat., Mar. 04, 2017 9:30 AM EST Cheerleader Tryouts Tryout to be part of the 2017 Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders!
  • Sun., Mar. 05, 2017 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST NFL Combine The NFL Scouting Combine is a vital event in the path to the draft. More than 300 prospects will participate in the 2017 combine in their quest to achieve their NFL dreams.
  • Sat., Mar. 11, 2017 11:00 AM EST Playmaker Tryouts Tryout to become a Baltimore Ravens Playmaker!
  • Sat., Apr. 01, 2017 8:45 AM EDT Marching Ravens Auditions Come join us and become part of the best marching band in the NFL!
  • Thu., Apr. 27, 2017 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM EDT NFL Draft The 2017 NFL Draft will be held from April 27-29 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Fri., Apr. 28, 2017 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM EDT NFL Draft The 2017 NFL Draft will be held from April 27-29 in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Sat., Apr. 29, 2017 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT NFL Draft The 2017 NFL Draft will be held from April 27-29 in Philadelphia, PA.

News

Print
RSS

Gary Kubiak Confident Joe Flacco Can Run Bootleg

Posted Feb 18, 2014

The new offensive coordinator said that he’s confident in Flacco's 'ability to do anything.'

Since the Ravens hired Gary Kubiak as the new offensive coordinator, a topic of discussion has been quarterback Joe Flacco’s ability to run the bootleg.

Some have questioned whether Flacco has the athleticism to run the bootleg, which is a key component of Kubiak’s offense.

Kubiak has little doubt Flacco will be up to the task. 

I’m confident in Joe’ ability to do anything,” Kubiak said.

The bootleg is a variation of the play-action pass where the quarterback rolls out of the pocket to make a throw. Quarterbacks need to have the athleticism to get outside of the tackle box and then make throws on the run.

Flacco, 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, is not known for his speed, but Kubiak praised the quarterback’s ability to make plays on the move.

“I’ve watched him play and I think he makes a lot of plays off schedule for a big guy,” Kubiak said. “He can make all of the throws.”

Flacco and the Ravens have used the bootleg pass in previous years, but the concept has become a buzzword recently because Kubiak’s system relies on it more.

“Yeah [the bootleg] is a big part of what we do, but we’ve got to be able to do everything,” Kubiak said. “It’s funny how you get labeled with certain things. I hope that people would look at us and say we’re going to have to do whatever have to do to win.”

The numbers show that Flacco has thrived using play-action pass during his career. Last season, he had a 90.7 quarterback rating when using the play action, compared to a 70.3 rating with no play action.

Kubiak also stressed that running the play action effectively goes beyond the quarterback and builds off the success on the ground game. For defenses to respect the run in play action, the Ravens have to get back to a [add] team that can beat teams on the ground. That will create opportunities for Flacco to make plays running out of the bootleg.

“For us, it starts with being physical, and if we can run the ball then we’ll be able to do all of those exciting things like bootleg and play-action pass,” Kubiak said. “But it starts with running the ball.”

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos