Joe Flacco said he prefers lining up under center rather than flanked wide. (Joe Robbins/AP Images)
Joe Flacco was the MVP of the Super Bowl not even 10 months ago, so the sixth-year quarterback doesn't think he's best serving the Ravens' offense lining up as a wide receiver in the Wildcat offense.
"I don’t like that stuff," Flacco told The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday about the Wildcat, which the Ravens used on about a dozen plays in Sunday's 19-3 win over the Jets. "I think it makes you look like a high school offense."
Flacco, who mostly stood with his hands in the front pouch of his jersey or on his hips as backup Tyrod Taylor took the snap, said the Wildcat makes the Ravens look "not like an NFL team."
“I don’t care how we use it in the game — successful or not successful, after a big play, not after a big play. I don’t care where it’s used, I’m just not a huge fan of it,” Flacco said. “I’m the quarterback. I want to be behind the line of scrimmage, I want to be taking the snaps. That’s really the only thing. I don’t necessarily take it personally either in terms of our offense trying to get better. I just think it makes us look like not an NFL team.
“I don’t look at it as a slap in the face to me,” Flacco continued. “It is what it is. I want as many chances as I can get behind the line of scrimmage. I just don’t like that stuff in general. Me and Tyrod talk about it. It’s just interesting to me. I’m all for us doing things to get better but we’re not going to be good if we just can’t get good at the basics of what we do 90 percent of the time. We have to be good at those things or we’re not going to be good no matter what. I just want to make sure that we’re focusing on getting good at those things.”
Flacco signed a contract in March that made him the highest paid player in NFL history, but he and the Ravens have struggled at times this season.
Baltimore is tied for 24th in the league at 20.6 points per game, and Flacco has 14 touchdowns and 14 interceptions after throwing 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last year.