Saturday, September 28, 2013
ChatRewind: Flacco not living up to deal?
By Jamison Hensley
If you want a full transcript of this week's Baltimore Ravens chat, you can click right here. If you just want the highlights, continue reading ...
Bobby (Baltimore): Is Ed Dickson just being kept around since he knows the offense and provides depth because it seems he is a non-factor? What is the plan with him?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Dickson is actually a good blocking tight end. He still has value that way and that's how the Ravens are using him right now. The Ravens seem like they're going to give Dickson a few weeks off in terms of the passing game. I wouldn't write him off just yet. He stayed after the walkthrough to catch more passes. The Ravens could get more out of him down the road. He needs more confidence right now.
Kevin (Baltimore): Do you think Deonte Thompson will play this weekend and if so, in what capacity?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): It could be a case where Thompson is ready to play but the Ravens don't need him. He was out at the media viewing portion of practice today. But Thompson is a receiver-returner, and that's a role being filled by Tandon Doss right now.
Dominic (Irving, Texas): How much talk is there in Ravens Nation about Joe Flacco receiving a superstar contract but so far this season only playing like a bus driver/Trent Dilfer?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Flacco hasn't looked like the Super Bowl MVP, but I wouldn't necessarily downgrade him as much as you. The biggest factor is his supporting cast. You can't expect Flacco to be a 4,000-yard thrower without Boldin and Pitta. He has struggled early in games but he's made the key plays in the second half, especially third downs. Flacco has been a factor in the Ravens' wins. They're not winning in spite of him.
Greg (Hanover, PA): While Joe Flacco didn't put up big numbers in the Texans game, he was efficient and didn't turn the ball over. Do you think Joe understood that he didn't need to take chances and just took what the defense gave him? I feel like he knew exactly what needed to happen for the team to win the game and played well. Is this what the Ravens paid him for, to be the guy who knows how to win and doesn't feel obligated throwing for 300-plus yards and three TDs every game (but has certainly shown he can do it if need be)?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The Ravens' expectations for Flacco are different now than when they signed him to that big deal because the circumstances are different. You bring up a good point. A big reason why the Ravens have won is because Flacco hasn't forced things. The bottom line with Flacco is wins, and no one has won more than him since coming into the league in 2008.