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Polian: Say it's so, Joe

Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:28 am
Baltimore's hiring of Jim Caldwell is nothing but good news for quarterback Joe Flacco. That's not me talking. That's former Indianapolis president Bill Polian, who worked with Caldwell when the two were with the Colts.

Caldwell is the Ravens' quarterbacks coach, which means he's in charge of the development of Flacco -- and, according to Polian, that will be nothing but a plus for the young quarterback.

"I know this," said Polian. "Jim Caldwell is as good a quarterbacks coach as I've ever been around. He's going to provide three things: He's going to provide incredible preparation. Nobody will be more prepared than Jim Caldwell in terms of helping a player get ready to go and play.

"Secondly, he's going to provide great fundamental foundation, and he'll drill fundamentals every single day. There's a reason why Peyton Manning -- aside from his own incredible work ethic -- was as fundamentally sound as he was. It was because Jim Caldwell drilled it into him every single day.

"Third, he's going to provide a sounding board and resource about playing the position, manging the game and dealing with the vagaries of the position, which are unique. And he will provide it in a way that will be a help, not a challenge. In his own way, he gets the message across and he's demanding, but he's a great help to quarterbacks."

So, then, we should expect an immediate improvement in the play of Flacco, who was within one play of reaching the Super Bowl.

"I don't know what Joe is like," said Polian. "I'm anxious to hear Jim's assessment of him. But every player I've been around that Jim Caldwell has coached has gotten better."

Sounds good to me. It should sound better to the Baltimore Ravens.

Category: NFL

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 12:50 am

Polian: Say it's so, Joe


Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 12:48 am

Polian: Say it's so, Joe

This move is more for Flacco's payche than his physical abilities.  He has all of the physical tools yet lacks the mental and emotional toughness required to take the team to the next level.  I don't see Caldwell getting through to him because Joe will always be Joe.  He thinks he is Joe Willie (notice the fu manchu at playoff time) but he is plain ole Joe Flacco.  The ravens won their super bowl last year, they beat the Steelers twice.  LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL 

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:45 pm

Polian: Say it's so, Joe

Jim Cauldwell was Polian's "yes man" at Indianapolis so Polian's endorsement does not mean much.  Polian is a guy that after the Colts won the Super Bowl let his unqualified son become General Manager.  Chris Polian ran off much of the architects of the organisaton.  He also made the horrible draft choices that occupied the special teams after being drafted in the first round.  Basically Polian has been retired for five years and let his son run the organisation into the ground.  Peyton Manning hid the sins of management but everyone saw what happened without him.  Cauldwell sat in the background and let it all happen.  He is safer at a positon coach but I would put too much stake in Polian's endorsement.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:12 pm

Polian: Say it's so, Joe

Hmm, lets see bigger addtion to a 12-4 team (Baltimore and Pittsburgh)  1. Jim Caldwell, to help Flacco out and help coordiante with  the same O Coordinator for his 5th Stratight Season, or 2.  Todd Haley, new OC who is less than average at best, not much else to say....

Let me know.....  

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:49 pm

Polian: Say it's so, Joe

As good as the guy may be coaching Peyton Manning which is really the most cushy unproven job there could be.. you won't turn a middle of the road QB like Flacco into Peyton Manning no matter who they get.    Great non-story.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:21 am

Polian: Say it's so, Joe

Great pickup for the Ravens. Very good QB coach. They are Lucky to have him.

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