Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome reiterated owner Steve Bisciotti’s assessment of Joe Flacco, but also discussed Flacco’s inconsistencies in his three years with Baltimore.
Thursday during Baltimore’s annual “State of the Ravens” Bisciotti told that the media that Flacco is “where we want him to be.” Newsome added his thoughts during the last question saying that Flacco can make throws, has poise and can command the offense.
“But [he is] also a guy that can be inconsistent, not get it done at times and its upon all of us to take him to the next level,” Newsome said.
“What that next level is, I don’t know. But he’s got to be a better quarterback in 2011 than he was in 2010 and I think that’s all that I would ask him, be better than you were last year.”
Bisciotti mentioned that he was pleased to see the increase in statistics. Flacco became the Ravens’ leader in passing yards, touchdowns and completions this season.
“No, he’s not a young quarterback anymore,” Newsome said.
“He is in his third year and he’s not performing like a first year quarterback in my estimation.”
I was happy to hear both the owner’s and GM’s responses to Flacco’s progression. I certainly think fans have seen Flacco improve, but there is certainly room to grow, as Newsome points out.