Joe Flacco: 'I couldn't see myself anywhere else'

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Your cap number is the second highest in the NFL next year. What are the chances of you remaining with the Ravens in 2016? Do you feel that you will play your entire career in Baltimore?

Joe Flacco: I sure hope so. I feel that way at this point. I think we have a really good team, and that sets up for good quarterback play. I believe in my abilities and our team's abilities. I think that's what it's about. It's about winning football games. I still have a ton of excitement to play, and that means playing here. I love the fans here and I love the city. I couldn't see myself anywhere else.

You’re coming off a season with career-high yards and TDs. What, specifically, clicked for you last season, and how do you apply that to 2015?

Flacco: We have some good players. Our offensive line played really, really well [19 sacks, fewest of Flacco's career]. When your offensive line plays as well as they did last year, it makes it a lot easier for everybody. That's where the game starts and ends -- with those guys. So, the better you can have those guys play, the more success you're going to have as a unit. I believe that was the biggest reason.

Why do you feel it's such a hot topic about whether you're elite or not?

Flacco: I don't know. I think that's just the thing people want to talk about these days with everybody. I think we've won enough games around here for people to want to talk about it at different points. It's all good. If we're being talked about in any way -- negative or positive -- it's all good because it usually means we're playing well enough to be a topic of conversation at some level.

How has the constant change in offensive coordinators (four in four seasons) affected you?

Flacco: I kind of look at myself as somewhat of a hard-headed type of a person. But you have to be very open-minded [when you change playcallers]. I think it's been all for good. You come in here and make new relationships and see different ways that guys teach similar things. You gain a different philosophy on things. You can share some of the things that you've done in the past with the new guys. And they can share some of the things that they've always done with you. I have to be honest with you. I think it's been a very positive experience to this point. I see it staying that way.

How would you describe the differences between Marc Trestman’s scheme and Gary Kubiak’s scheme?

Flacco: As camp goes on and the more situations that come across us, I'll probably see different things. Obviously, they're two different people and come from different backgrounds. The great thing about Marc so far is he's very interested in my input and in our quarterback room's input. We have very, very detailed conversations on how we want to do things and what we think is best. That's always good for a quarterback to have that dialogue. I think he's very open to a lot of things.

The Bears passed the ball almost 65 percent of the time last season. Do you expect to set a career high for attempts?

Flacco: I think I've been here long enough to know that we're not going to pass the ball 65 percent of the time. I have no idea. Maybe a couple passes more. We want to complete the ball a handful more times. That doesn't necessarily mean throwing the ball more. We want to have a little better completion percentage and be more efficient with it. I don't know if that translates into more attempts. Obviously, that's his background. On game day and when you get into the heat of things, there will be a couple of games where it comes out. I'm not sure. We'll see.

Do you ever think about how many Super Bowl rings you will win?

Flacco: You definitely think about it here and there. Your goal at the beginning of every season is to win a Super Bowl, and we talk about it in our team meetings. Obviously, that makes you think about it. I always thought about winning that first one and when it would be. Now, that's done, it's not important anymore. We need to win another one. We're a totally new team and we've got guys who are hungry to win. When you win one, you're even hungrier to win that next one. I think about it, and it's all positive. I think we've been in a situation to make those thoughts realistic. We've got a good enough team to do that, and that's what is exciting.