Florio has posted some interesting comments by Flacco, in regards to the addition of Bulger. This was a masterstroke by the Ravens, who immediately gain a QB who can effectively lead an offense when he has talent to support him (Bulger had no supporting cast in St. Louis, except for Steven Jackson). The comments suggest to me that Flacco believes that Bulger could replace him as starter if he burgers a couple games, whereas last year's backups were no threat to his starting job. No wonder he got along so 'great' with Smith and Beck-Flacco knew that he would never be pulled out of a game in favor of those guys. He might as well have had guys from the Greyhound bus station as backups.
I think this is a positive for Baltimore-Flacco will be forced to work as hard as possible to be ready to play, with the sure knowledge that an experienced backup (who was once a successful NFL starter) is waiting in the wings if he does not get the job done. As stated by others, Bulger will be insurance against an injury knocking Flacco out of a game-top tier NFL teams must have a viable backup QB to give themselves the best chance to win a Superbowl.
Flacco is improving and will have a great year this season-and the motivation of Bulger looming over his shoulder will motivate higher performance from him.