So we can forgive the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver for referencing his old quarterback when thinking of his current one.
"Me and Joe are communicating a lot better... 'Flac' (and I are) communicating a lot of better... I mean, my bad, me and Colin are communicating a lot better," Boldin said, correcting himself to reporters Wednesday. "Offensively, we're a lot farther ahead than we were last year."
That last part was accurate. Boldin, who is looking forward to seeing Joe Flacco and the Ravens next week for the teams' Aug. 7 preseason opener and subsequent joint practices in Baltimore, said he is more confident in the 49ers offense now than he was during training camp last year, his first with San Francisco. There is depth in his position group, and roles are more defined.
This, in part, explains why he's excited to return to Baltimore. His new team matches up well with his old one.
"It will be a chance to say goodbye to the fans in a proper way. I really wasn't afforded that opportunity; I got traded while I was away. Getting to practice at (M&T Bank Stadium), be around the fans, will be cool."
Boldin, of course, spent his first seven NFL campaigns with the Arizona Cardinals. He had planned to "retire a Raven," according to reports. Then the 49ers acquired him last year, he led the team in receiving (1,179 yards) and was signed to a two-year contract extension in March.
The 33-year-old won't be surprised if his followers in Baltimore are wondering how much he has left in his 12th pro season.
"I have heard that since I left Arizona," he said. "I don't pay attention to it, honestly. I just do me."