Last week the Baltimore Ravens fired quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn, replacing him with the increased duties of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco didn't like that one bit, believing the firing was an attack on his performance in 2010.
"I'm not happy about it, and they know I'm not happy about it," Flacco told The Sun. "I'm not going to be happy about it for a long time."
"I'm kind of taking it personal," Flacco said. "You're saying that you're not happy with the position. I'm not sure if there is any truth to that, but that's the vibe you're sending to your quarterback. I feel like I'm being attacked."
According to the Baltimore Sun's Jamison Hensley, the players applauded Flacco's comments. There is a point to being a quarterback on a team that finished 10-6, earned a wild card berth and won a playoff game. Additionally, Flacco hit career marks in yards passing (3,622), touchdowns thrown (25), average yards per pass (7.4) and quarterback rating (93.6) -- all of which ranked in the top-11 in the NFL.
A report surfaced that last Tuesday, Cam Cameron had an issue with Zorn's teaching methods and "were concerned about Zorn being insubordinate. Zorn was fired by the Ravens on Thursday." While the Ravens aren't being forthcoming as to why Zorn was fired, John Harbaugh disputed the report.
+ Baltimore Needs A Deep Threat. The Ravens are open to adding another wide receiver to their squad that can stretch the field.
+ Infiltration of the Enemy. According to Behind The Steel Curtain, Green Bay coaches Dom Capers, Darren Perry, Kevin Greene, Mike McCarthy, Tom Clements and Scott McCurley have some connection with the Steelers or the city of Pittsburgh.
+ Harrison Not Being Singled Out. At least that's what Ralph Paulk of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says.
Ray Anderson, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, said the league is confident that most players have adapted to the new, stricter rules. But pressure appears to be on the game's officials to apply what players have described as ambiguous rules without adversely influencing the outcome.
+ Interesting stat. Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley was the first player in NFL history to record two quarterback sacks in each of his first four playoff games.
+ Call For Mike Tomlin On Competition Committee. There's a call from various writers that suggest Mike Tomlin would make a good replacement of Jeff Fisher on the Competition Committee.
+ No Offensive Coordinator In Cleveland? The Browns hired former Steelers coach Mark Whipple as the team's quarterback coach. According to Dawgs by Nature (who cites Adam Schefter), the hiring of Whipple makes it clear that the Browns could go without an offensive coordinator in 2011 -- something else the Bengals and Browns could end up having in common.
+ New Linebackers Coach. The Browns also hired former Cardinals defensive coordinator as their linebacker coach.
+ Nice Pay Day For Joe Thomas. Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas was voted into his third Pro Bowl this year. That means Thomas has a nice $1.5 million incentive heading his way.
+ Why No One Cares For The Pro Bowl. The effort by both lines are amazing during the Browns' Alex Mack's touchdown.