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Joe Flacco: Ravens' Wildcat a 'high school offense'

On Monday, we told you how Joe Flacco wasn't thrilled about the Baltimore Ravensuse of the Wildcat offense.

On Tuesday, Flacco doubled down on those feelings.

"I don't like that stuff," he said, per the Baltimore Sun. "I think it makes you look like a high school offense."

The quarterback said that regardless of the success or failure of Wildcat plays, he believes the offense is a waste of his talents under center.

"I don't care how we use it in the game -- successful or not successful, after a big play, not after a big play," Flacco said. "I don't care where it's used, I'm just not a huge fan of it. I'm the quarterback. I want to be behind the line of scrimmage. I want to be taking the snaps. That's really the only thing. I don't necessarily take it personally either in terms of our offense trying to get better. I just think it makes us look like not an NFL team."

On Sunday, backup Tyrod Taylor replaced Flacco at quarterback five times. Taylor gained 17 yards on his first carry, but two other runs went for negative plays of 6 and 7 yards. He ended up with just 7 yards, and his only pass fell incomplete.

Not everyone on the Ravens' roster has as big a problem with the Wildcat.

"Joe can be voicing his opinion, but it's a wave that's going on in the NFL," running back Ray Rice said, per the Sun. "It's not our everyday offense."

Flacco said he doesn't look at is as a "slap to the face," but more like he's a wasted player on the field when the Ravens go into the Wildcat.

It makes sense that the reigning Super Bowl MVP, who signed a $120 million contract in the offseason, wants to be under center. However, until the Ravens' offense starts clicking as it did during their playoff run last year, it's likely the coaches will continue to tinker.

It's pretty simple: If Flacco wants the "high school" offense to go away, he needs to get back to performing at a Pro Bowl level, starting with Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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