Late For Work 6/10: Woodley: Flacco Won’t Win Super Bowl ‘In This Lifetime’

Plus AFC North offensive coordinator rankings; CB Williams is hoping for an opportunity.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Friday, June 10th, 2011 at 9:09 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Steelers’ Woodley: Flacco Won’t Win Super Bowl ‘In This Lifetime’


If quarterback Joe Flacco didn’t have the motivation to beat the Steelers already, he sure does now.

When asked if Flacco can lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl, Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley said he can’t see that happening … ever.

"No, not at all because they have to go through one team – that’s the Pittsburgh Steelers in that AFC championship,” Woodley said last night on NFL Total Access, via USA Today. “So in order for them to get to the Super Bowl, they have to beat us, and we’re not gonna let that happen once we get that close. So that’s not gonna happen in this lifetime."

For now, the opinionated linebacker has the stats to back up his trash talk. Pittsburgh ended Flacco’s Super Bowl run in 2008 and 2010 in the AFC Championship and Divisional Playoff Round, respectively.

Because Flacco has enjoyed more playoff success in his young career than most quarterbacks – he’s only the third starting QB since 1970 to make the playoffs in his first three seasons – it’s no secret that his next developmental step heading into Year 4 is to go further in the playoffs, and that especially includes when facing the Steelers.

A long list of analysts believes Flacco is capable of getting to the biggest stage in sports, including Super Bowl MVP quarterback Phil Simms. “You can win the Super Bowl with Joe Flacco at quarterback. There’s no question,” Simms said last week.

It’s up to Flacco to prove Simms right and Woodley wrong.

That’s easier said than done, but Super Bowl winner and 1983 NFL MVP Joe Theismann believes this will be Flacco’s time to breakout.

“I think this is the year – you reach that fourth year – now it’s time to process all the information and be able to go play the kind of football that everybody expects you to play,” Theismann said on “The Ken Weinman Show” Tuesday night.

A Few More Thoughts From Woodley

Woodley didn’t end his AFC North quarterback bashing with Flacco.

The five year veteran doesn’t think quarterback Carson Palmer will make much of a difference in the division, even if he ends up returning to the Bengals in 2011.

“Honestly, when they play against us, it really don’t matter if (Palmer) is there or not,” Woodley told NFL Network. “But as far as when they play against other teams, I think that missing him is a big piece of their team. Terrell Owens isn’t going to be there anymore, and Chad (Ochocinco) is going to be there. Then you look at running back, they’re missing a lot of guys on that offense. It’s going to be like starting over from scratch again if Carson doesn’t come back.”

Woodley added to the long list of Steelers complaints about the NFL rule changes regarding illegal hits. He then questioned the NFL Network’s “The Top 100: Players of 2011″

“You know, honestly, I think the players that they asked didn’t like the Steelers at all,” Woodley said. “We only have, like, four or five guys on ‘The Top 100′ list. I feel like I should have been higher.

Woodley did manage to give a little love to the Ravens in his list of top 10 linebackers in the NFL today. He has Ray Lewis at No. 3.

His humility didn’t last long, though.

Woodley believes four of the top 10 linebackers wear Steelers jerseys: Larry Foote (No. 10), James Farrior (No. 6), Woodley (No. 4) and James Harrison (No. 1).

AFC North Offensive Coordinator Rankings

Offensive coordinators are always among the least popular coaches in the division – at least that’s been James Walker’s experience as he interacts with AFC North fans on a daily basis.

I suppose the same sentiment is consistent throughout the league unless a team is averaging 30 points per game. That certainly isn’t the case in a defensive-minded division.

So, the ESPN writer thought his audience would enjoy another edition of AFC North Offensive Coordinator rankings:

No. 4: Jay Gruden, 1st year with Bengals
No. 3:  Pat Shurmur, 1st year with Browns
No. 2: Cam Cameron, 4th year as Ravens O.C
No. 1: Bruce Arians, 4th year as Steelers O.C.

Walker’s skinny on Cameron: “Despite Baltimore winning 12 games, Cameron had a tough year on offense that involved chemistry and consistency issues. Baltimore had the talent but was never able to put it together and finished 22nd in total offense. That is unacceptable for a team that is deep at receiver, tight end and running back. Offensive line issues also hurt, but Cameron and the Ravens failed to make the proper adjustments. This is a big year for both Cameron and quarterback Joe Flacco.”

CB Cary Williams Hoping For Opportunity In Baltimore

This offseason has been a challenge for Ravens cornerback Cary Williams.

He watched the Ravens draft two players at his position last April and is still stuck waiting to see what happens in free agency with Josh Wilson, Chris Carr and Fabian Washington. On top of that, both Lardarius Webb and Domonique Foxworth will be contenders for starting spots after healing from their knee injuries.

The 6-1 defender wondered if he had a future in Baltimore,” says The Baltimore Sun’s Ken Murray.  

“Depending on who re-signs with the Ravens and how well [Chykie] Brown plays, Williams could be the odd-man out this year. It’s a motivating factor in his summer workouts at Middle Tennessee State.”

Williams showed great promise during last year’s training camp and in the preseason when he grabbed two interceptions and five pass deflections in four games. When the cornerback corps was thin due to injuries at the beginning of the regular season, Williams lost out on a chance to shine because he had to serve a two-game suspension.

Now, all he can do is work and prepare himself for any scenario and any chance he is given.

"I’m busting my behind like I’m not going to be there," Williams told Murray. "It’s giving me an extra push, keeps me motivated. … I want to be in Baltimore.

"I’ve been working out every day. I’m going a little harder than I did last year. I think I’m in the best shape of my life. …. I just want to make sure I’m prepared. All I want is an opportunity."

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