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Flacco isn't sure about Bulger

Posted on: July 20, 2010 8:43 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 8:47 pm
You might remember our post last week about new Ravens backup QB Marc Bulger and how he thought he could help starter Joe Flacco progress in his career if that’s what Flacco needed from him.

Apparently, Flacco isn’t too impressed with the opportunity he’s been given.

“Hopefully, we just all get along well,” Flacco told the Baltimore Sun . “When you have a little bit of tension in the room, it doesn’t lend to playing well. Yeah, he might bring a thing here or there that helps me out. We’ll see. It’s all about going out there, preparing during the week and having a good time doing that. Hopefully, we can do that.”

Obviously, Flacco has loyalty to his current backups Troy Smith and John Beck, and that’s commendable. But seriously, you’d rather have Troy Smith than Marc Bulger? You’d rather have a guy who has 89 attempts during his three-year career than a two-time Pro Bowler who probably could still start in this league? You’d rather have a guy who can offer you very little advice vs. a guy who could truly help you on your way?

Of course, the other way to look at it would be this: he’d rather have a guy who has no chance to supplant him as the starting quarterback vs. somebody who potentially could.

“I don’t want to have any bad words about Marc,” Flacco said. “I’m sure Marc is a great guy. But I had a great relationship with Troy and John. Depending on what happens, one of them might not be around and two of them might not be around.”

Also, Ed Reed had this to say to 105.7 FM, as picked up by the Sun :


Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, speaking on 105.7 FM Tuesday, weighed in on the team’s recent acquisition of quarterback Marc Bulger, who is expected to be Joe Flacco's top backup, saying that Troy Smith would be more than qualified to lead the team to an NFL championship if he were called upon.

Bulger is “just another guy that’s been in the league and been around," Reed said.


--Josh Katzowitz

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Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2010 3:08 pm

Flacco isn't sure about Bulger

You NEVER want to be the one to groom your replacement. However, Joe Flacco wouldn't be doing that with Marc Bulger. Bulger poses at most a short-term threat as a spot starter. He's far too old to carry the weight of the organization's future on his shoulders. The ironic thing here is that Flacco is showing allegiance to the guys who might become threats in the long term. If Flacco were to get hurt in week one and Bulger stepped in and finished the season with 3800 yards and 25 TDs it still wouldn't make him the QB of the future. But if Troy Smith or John Beck were to do so then all of a sudden you have a serious QB controversy. If I were Joe I'd just keep my mouth shut and let things play out. The Ravens brought Bulger to town for a reason.

Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2010 2:43 pm

Flacco isn't sure about Bulger

Your a "Tewl" or "Tool" Thats the best thing you can bitch about haha

Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 9:45 am

Flacco isn't sure about Bulger

Sounds to me like Flacco has a little Inferiority Complex and can't handle a little competition.

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2010 7:01 am

Flacco isn't sure about Bulger

Apparently Flacco didn't like competing with Palko at University of Pittsburgh either.  Is that the real reason he transfered to Delaware?  Smith and Beck are no threats with no experience but Bulger probably could play decent if called upon.  Chill Joe. Take some advise and learn from those who have been there before.

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2010 11:24 pm

Flacco isn't sure about Bulger

Marc Bulger cannot "probably still start in this league".  Hasn't that been proved the last 2 years??

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2010 10:34 pm

Flacco isn't sure about Bulger

knowing how to be a good QB is a different thing than being a good QB , marc knows how to be, just just doesnt have it anymore . troy smith doesnt know how because he's never played enough games in his career to even start to know . he's never been good enough to ever become a starter . every coach would want their young guys to learn by veterans

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2010 7:37 pm

Flacco isn't sure about Bulger

To whomever wrote this article... isn't the word, "brouhaha?" If you are going to make a point, please use the verbiage with which we are familiar. I guess at Pabst they might have a ," Brewhaha." But in other circumstances there is no brew in haha!

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2010 6:48 pm

Flacco isn't sure about Bulger

In defense of Marc Bulger, his last few years with the Rams were mostly spent getting hurried/hit/sacked while he slowy watched his offesne become a shadow of its former self.  He went from inherting the "Greatest Show on Turf" to being shown the turf on a regular basis as his o-line collapses and his Hall of Fame WR's (Issac Bruce, Torry Holt)aged and left.  He had Steven Jackson in St. Louis and that is it.  Bulger would get protection and weapons if he had to start for the Ravens, and he could take them to a title. Troy Smith is not the guy they want stepping in for Flacco. should he go down. 

Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2010 6:27 pm

Flacco isn't sure about Bulger

After watching Bulger these last few years, not so sure I wouldn't prefer T. Smith over Bulger.  Bulger can't run and hasn't been effective the last few years.  At least with Smith you have a pair of fresh legs with the possibility of a big play and let the Raven D take care of the rest!

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