QUARTERBACK COACH’S OFFICE
QB’S IN ATTENDANCE: FLACCO – #5
[24×7’s Tony Lombardi has identified some Good Joe Flacco plays from Sunday’s game vs. Carolina. Using Tony’s YouTube post (see video below) as a guide, Chris Johnston will break down both sets of plays, with commentary, from Inside the Coach’s Office]
1st Qtr – 12:36 – 2nd& 16 – BAL 44
Joe did a solid job recognizing two high safeties, with a Nickel package of five defensive backs on the field. At the snap of the ball, Panthers’ nickel back Richard Marshall (#31) jammed Ravens #2 receiver Anquan Boldin (#81) and carried him to the flat. Flacco then turned his attention to Carolina safety Charles Godfrey (#30), who used poor technique in turning over his outside shoulder to assist Panthers’ CB Chris Gamble (#20) in defending T.J. Houshmanzadeh (#84). Once Flacco saw Godfrey turn the wrong way, he quickly stepped up to deliver the ball to Houshmandzadeh. Small coaching point: Joe left his back foot and hip “behind” on the throw – with no follow-through – causing the ball to be a second late. Houshmandzadeh’s adjustment on the ball was a good one, however, and the catch was made.
1st Qtr -4:16- 1st& 10 – BAL 45
Running play action to an 8-man box, the Ravens gave Flacco time with an 8-man protection scheme. As Joe came out of his handoff fake, his eyes went to Carolina FS Sherrod Martin (#23), then to CB Richard Marshall (#31) to see that they made the deep Cover 3 drops Flacco expected pre-snap. They both did and the Ravens’ Quarterback wasted no time or movement delivering a nice ball over the underneath coverage that was influenced by the run fake.
2ndQtr -8:08 – 2nd& 9 – CAR18
Strong marks to Flacco for protecting the football, keeping his eyes up and looking downfield despite extreme duress in the pocket, and using his height in delivering a ball in traffic. He made a play where there was none, mainly because he maintained downfield vision. Quick coaching point, however: throwing the ball off-balance and in traffic is always dangerous. Had something gone wrong (fumble, INT, etc.), Flacco would rightly be blamed for trying to do too much. Risky throws under duress are a results-oriented business in which the player involved receives either 100% credit or 100% blame.
2nd Qtr -5:18-2nd& 10-BAL 49
Facing late-retreating CBs and an 8-man front, Flacco allowed Boldin (#81) to run off Carolina CB Gamble (#20), who was responsible for the deep outside 1/3 of the field. Flacco delivered a well-placed “B” or slight trajectory ball to Todd Heap (#86) along the sideline. Great pre-snap recognition by Joe.
3rdQtr -10:56-3rd& 8-BAL 20
Joe once again recognized a “soft” corner being played by Gamble (#20) and saw OLB James Anderson (#50) walk up to the line of scrimmage, which led him to believe a window in which to throw a shallow slant to Derrick Mason (#85) would develop. The Ravens’ Quarterback wasted no time or motion and delivered a perfect ball to Mason. Dropped.
3rdQtr -2:17-3rd& 6-BAL 33
The Ravens called a classic Cover 2-beater. Short motion from Houshmandzadeh (#84) left him and Heap (#86) stacked at the snap of the ball. Houshmandzadeh held the flat defender Captain Munnerlyn (#41) with a short out route, while Heap broke on a 45 degree angle to the sideline after 10 yards (flag route). Flacco showed the legitimate NFL arm strength he has in delivering the only ball that could have been caught. Great angles. Great timing.
- Flacco continues to progress and improve, and is doing so vs. a variety of coverage looks, thriving off play action passing and the threat of a solid running game.