Caldwell Defends Flacco’s 2013 Season

Jim Caldwell, Joe Flacco
Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, left, looks on as quarterback Joe Flacco (5) warms up during a practice session at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. The Ravens are scheduled to face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 3. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

INDIANAPOLIS — Numbers-wise, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was below average in 2013.

He ranked 32nd among quarterbacks in quarterback rating, threw more interceptions (22) than touchdowns (19), and he completed less than 60 percent of his passes.

But to Lions coach Jim Caldwell, Flacco made progress despite what the numbers may suggest.
Caldwell worked with Flacco in 2012 and 2013.

He was the Ravens’ quarterbacks coach both years, and he was the team’s offensive coordinator from December of 2012 through this past season.

“If you look at numbers strictly, they can be a bit deceiving at times,” Caldwell said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “But when you take a look from the inside out, we had an opportunity to work with him day after day. He’s been improving by leaps and bounds each and every year, and I would anticipate that’s going to continue”

Flacco thrived under Caldwell late in 2012 on the way to leading Baltimore to a Super Bowl title.

He threw 15 touchdowns and just one interception in the six full games he played in after Caldwell took over as offensive coordinator, including 11 touchdowns with no interceptions in four playoff games.

The success didn’t carry over to 2013, but that could have had to do with more than just Flacco.

The Ravens traded wide receiver Anquan Boldin before the season, and Flacco was also forced to play most of the season without tight end Dennis Pitta, who missed all but the final four games as he recovered from a fractured and dislocated hip.

Baltimore also dealt with pass protection issues throughout the season, evidenced by the fact that Flacco was sacked the second-most times among quarterbacks in 2013.

It also didn’t help Flacco that the Ravens’ running game was non-existent for most of the year. Baltimore averaged the fewest yards per carry in the NFL (3.1).

“Not every year is going to be a perfect year,” Caldwell said of Flacco.


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3 Raves on “Caldwell Defends Flacco’s 2013 Season

  1. john on said:

    Joe needs to get his head out of his ass and get ready for 2014. Last year he looked like one of the worse QB’s I seen since the Ravens came here to Baltimore. How to you go from SB MVP to that? The same way the THUG Ray Rice did, just didn’t give a crap even with all that money!

    • chriis on said:

      You clearly never played football, or dont watch football games closely. To blame flacco for his Oline which was the worst in Ravens history, and the worst in the entire league just makes you look bad. No Qb is going to look good with a bad oline. We could not run the ball or block all year.
      “How do you go from SB MVP to that?” Go back and watch the Oline and you will see how.

      Also every QB that has signed a contract after Flacco has signed for More money than Joe. Keep drinking, your ammonia levels are clearly affecting your judgement

  2. Reading Comments on said:

    Ammonia? So that’s what it is Chris?
    Not the five interceptions against Buffalo, or not throwing the *ucking ball to a wide open Pitta for a first down on 4th and 3 against New England instead throwing 20 yards down field to a double covered Jones, and a poor throw at that. Or trying to aim your pass and getting picked off on a ten yard pass because you keep throwing behind your receiver.
    I have defended this guy often, and I doubt we win the SB without him, but he sucked last year.
    He is getting big bucks, and needs to play like.
    I’ll be damned if I boo hoo for him.
    He was not the only problem on the team, and many of the problems did contribute to poor play by him.
    Still there were numerous times like what was mentioned above where he had time and look like crap.
    And he never has got the OUT HAVE TO GET THE BALL OUT OF MY HANDS QUICK mentality which is a big recipe for CONTINUED success in the NFL.
    Hopefully he plays better next year, and we get the ground game going.

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