Football is a team sport. If the offensive lineman don’t block well the quarterback doesn’t get much time and delivers a bad pass. If the pass is bad, the receiver doesn’t have a chance at catching it. Football is a team sport, more than any other. That is why team chemistry is so important. The nucleus of team chemistry stems from the quarterback, the field general. Having a solid quarterback that the team can build around is key. Peyton Manning. Drew Brees. Tom Brady. These are all quarterbacks whose team’s success starts with them. Without a set QB, the clubhouse can become divided, and players don’t know who to rally around. Having a set quarterback is very important for a team’s overall chemistry. A year ago, the Ravens did not have a set quarterback and the season was looking bleak. A year later, we have Joe Flacco, a second year QB who we expect to only grow, and our team outlook looks bright. In order to help you understand what a blessing this is, let’s take a look at the Minnesota Vikings.
Ever since Brett Favre joined the Vikings, not much good has come to Minnesota. Favre looked shaky in his first preseason game this year, throwing for 4 yards on 1 completion. Favre has missed over half of training camp, and some players believe that Tavaris Jackson should be the starter, some even support veteran Sage Rosenfels. ESPN describes this seperation or division as a “schism”. This is not what you want to see a mere 3 weeks away from week 1. ESPN’s take. The Viking Age’s take.
The Ravens are behind Joe Flacco, and because of it, have a very very bright outlook for the 2009-2010 season.