Though it’s already been discussed by the BSR commenters, it bares mentioning that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco let his emotions be heard to owner Steve Bisciotti and head coach John Harbaugh about Jim Zorn’s termination. Aaron Wilson caught up with Flacco at the Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday and the QB unloaded on his disappointments.
“I also feel like a little bit like I’m being attacked,” Flacco said. “You fire the quarterback coach. Usually when you fire a position coach, it’s because you’re not really happy with how that position did. And when I look back on my season and our season as a team, I mean, we won 13 games.
“I felt like I had a pretty good year and you’re firing the quarterback coach? It’s kind of an attack on me, I feel like. You know, it is what it is. It’s not that big of a deal for me to feel like it.”
Flacco expressed that the coaching staff and front office knows that he’s disappointed in their decision to fire Zorn. “I don’t think it was a good decision, and they know that. I expressed that throughout the whole time it was going on, I expressed how much I didn’t think it would be good for us.”
The most telling quote from this story comes from Ravens Insider. “I wasn’t surprised, just disappointed,” Flacco said.
I still believe that there’s more to this story than meets the eye. John Harbaugh told ProFootballTalk.com that he wanted to keep details of Zorn’s termination “private” and now Flacco says that he “isn’t surprised” that Zorn was let go. Is this a hint at how the coaching staff handles adversity? Why isn’t Flacco surprised that Zorn was let go and Cameron was retained and what does it say about how the organization is run? Why is Steve Bisciotti telling the media that he’s happy with Joe Flacco’s improvement, but he fires the quarterbacks coach?
Maybe we’re making a bigger issue out of nothing, but it seems that this termination may give an inside look at how the Ravens as an organization function.