On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Jul. 30, 2016 11:30 AM EDT Live Training Camp Presser Ravens coordinators, Marc Trestman, Dean Pees and Jerry Rosburg will address the media at the conclusion of practice.
  • Mon., Aug. 01, 2016 7:00 PM EDT Training Camp Military Appreciation Day The first M&T Bank Stadium practice will take place on Monday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. This practice – free and open to all fans – coincides with the Ravens’ annual Military Appreciation Day. Approximately 3,500 special seats will be reserved for active service members and veterans who present valid military identification upon check-in at the stadium.
  • Sat., Aug. 06, 2016 6:00 PM EDT Training Camp Fireworks Night On Saturday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m., the second M&T Bank Stadium practice will showcase the organization’s third-annual Fireworks Night, an event highlighted by post-practice autographs for children and a fireworks/laser show.
  • Fri., Sep. 09, 2016 5:00 PM EDT Countdown To Kickoff Party Presented By Miller Lite Grammy Award®-nominated rock band 3 DOORS DOWN will perform at the Ravens Countdown to Kickoff Party Presented by Miller Lite on Friday, Sept. 9 at Maryland State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Open to all ages.
  • Mon., Oct. 03, 2016 5:00 PM EDT A Purple Evening A Purple Evening is back! Join Purple on Monday, October 3rd for on-field drills, player appearances and autographs, giveaways, and much more! Tickets will go on sale soon. Check Purple-Just for Women on Facebook for the latest club and event information.
  • Sun., Oct. 23, 2016 7:30 AM EDT Purple Away Game Trip Up the Jersey Turnpike we go! Hit the road with the Purple Club on Sunday, October 23rd to watch our Baltimore Ravens take on the New York Jets for a 1:00 p.m. game at MetLife Stadium. Don't miss your chance to join the only NFL women's fan club to travel into unfamiliar territory!
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 2:00 PM EST Army vs. Navy Football Don't miss one of the greatest events you can ever attend! The Army-Navy Game presented by USAA returns to M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, December 10, 2016

News

Print
RSS

Gary Kubiak's Easy-To-Learn Offense Sinking In

Posted Jun 2, 2014

Quarterback Joe Flacco is spending the organized team activities trying to install the new offense.


Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco says he kind of feels like a rookie again.

For the first time since his rookie year in 2008, he is learning a new offense – Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak’s offense. And Flacco’s not the only one.

The entire Ravens offense was in “football school” throughout much of May, and class is still in session during organized team activities (OTAs). The learning they do this month will go a long way in determining how quick a start they get off to this year.

So far so good, says Flacco, in large part thanks to Kubiak’s easy-to-learn system.

“I think everybody is picking it up really well, so I think that’s just a testament to how the terminology is and how it hits everybody’s brain,” Flacco said last week.

“I think it’s a pretty good way of calling things, just because I haven’t really seen too many guys have trouble with picking the offense up so far.”

Kubiak has been running his West-Coast-like scheme since 1995 when he was the Offensive Coordinator of the Denver Broncos.

But it’s unlike what the Ravens are accustomed to. Baltimore’s offense has been largely crafted by former Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron, who was with the team from 2008 to 2012. Cameron had more of a Don Coryell-based power run and deep-passing system, which gradually evolved over the years.

Jim Caldwell didn’t change the system much. He increased the pace into a hurry-up offense and allowed for more audibles at the line of scrimmage after reading the defense. He also used a spread offense last year when the running game struggled.

Kubiak’s coming in with a tried-and-true offense that has had great success. But an offense can only be effective if the players get it and can execute it.

Head Coach John Harbaugh said Flacco has a lot on his plate right now because the terminology is all different. The concepts are the same, but they’re organized differently. Still, Kubiak spent much of the spring trying to make it simple to digest.

“The thing I like about what Coach Kubiak is doing, it’s a very straightforward offense,” Harbaugh said. “It’s very clear-cut. That helps. That helps maybe get guys up to speed as quick as possible.”

Flacco indicated that the play-calling process in the huddle is also more streamlined. That should help the Ravens keep some of the up-tempo offense they had under Caldwell.

“I think it will help everybody,” Flacco said. “We’ll be able to get in and out of the huddle. Everybody will have a good idea of what they’re doing.”

Kubiak brought two coaches from Houston – Quarterbacks Coach Rick Dennison and Tight Ends Coach Brian Pariani – to help him teach the offense.

The entire unit is present at voluntary OTAs, showing the urgency to learn the system and practice it. Flacco has been at Ravens headquarters since the first day he could start working with Kubiak, and got a head start trying to learn the playbook before that.

The offense has gone through multiple installations. They first installed it without working against a defense. Now during OTAs, they’re “starting over” and running it in 11-on-11 drills.

“There is a process to the whole thing, and I think it’s going pretty smoothly so far,” Flacco said. “I think everybody is doing a great job of grasping it. We’ll just see how far we can take it over these next couple weeks and into training camp.”

The Ravens offense needs to be at full speed when the season starts. They open against the team that knocked them out of the postseason chase last year, the division-winning Cincinnati Bengals, on Sept. 7. Then it’s fellow AFC North rivals Pittsburgh and Cleveland the next two weeks.

Harbaugh was asked whether Kubiak’s system will take a full year to truly be installed.

“I’d like to think that we’ll be better at it a year from now than where we are this year, but we can’t be thinking about it that way,” he said. “We’ve got to get great at it right now, because we’re going to be playing a football game very soon.”

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