Drew Brees while ur at it... I think he's got the best deep ball stats, last i checkd at least
Deep Left: 9/27, 218 Yards, 3 TD, 0 INT --> 33.3%, 8.1 Y/A, 100.5 QB Rating
Deep Middle: 12/25, 341 Yards, 4 TD, 3 INT --> 48%, 13.6 Y/A, 94.2 QB Rating
Deep Right: 26/52, 850 Yards, 8 TD, 1 INT --> 50%, 16.3 Y/A, 127.4 QB Rating
Deep All: 47/104, 1409 Yards, 15 TD, 4 INT --> 45.2%, 13.5 Y/A, 115.4 QB Rating
This is... remarkably similar to Joe's numbers! Comparing them... Flacco's stat first, then Rodgers', better number italicized:
Completion Percentage: 43.1% < 45.2%
Yards Per Attempt: 13.1 < 13.5
Yards: 1799 > 1409
TDs: 15 = 15
INTs: 2 > 4
QB Rating: 120.5 > 115.4
Very close in nearly every regard, but Flacco's got the slight edge on him.
Deep Left: 14/35, 433 Yards, 4 TD, 3 INT --> 40%, 12.4 Y/A, 89.3 QB Rating
Deep Middle: 22/39, 681 Yards, 4 TD, 4 INT --> 56.4%, 17.5 Y/A, 95.8 QB Rating
Deep Right: 16/33, 459 Yards, 4 TD, 0 INT --> 48.5%, 13.9 Y/A, 134.2 QB Rating
Deep All: 52/107, 1573 Yards, 12 TD, 7 INT --> 48.6%, 14.7 Y/A, 104.8 QB Rating
So can we put this tendency to the right side thing to bed now?
Deep Left: 23/40, 656 Yards, 5 TD, 0 INT --> 57.5%, 16.4 Y/A, 141.7 QB Rating
Deep Middle: 11/25, 302 Yards, 2 TD, 1 INT --> 44%, 12.1 Y/A, 99.1 QB Rating
Deep Right: 18/42, 500 Yards, 3 TD, 5 INT --> 42.9%, 11.9 Y/A, 71.6 QB Rating
Deep All: 52/107, 1458 Yards, 10 TD, 6 INT --> 48.6%, 13.6 Y/A, 102.5 QB Rating
If you arefeeling up to the challenge, all three rooks have made some hey with the long ball... Luck, RGIII and Wilson.
I've looked at these numbers obsessively over the past 3-4 years. I posted comparisons vs. Joe's contemporaries back in September. And like I've been saying all season; if we can get some consistency from #5 then this offense goes through the roof in 3 moves.
1. Fix the OL (may have been accomplished though only for the short term considering BM's age)
2. Get a WR that can get open with his feet
3. Get a big RZ target
All three of these can be accomplished (or confirmed) this OS... if so, and when this offense explodes, the reality WRT Joe's huge, new contract will be Wow...we actually UNDERpaid.
2. May be on the roster (Doss, Reed, Thompson)
3. May be on the roster (Streeter)
i like the corps going forward and i still think its more likely we extend and reduce Boldin than outright release him. He really does give the O an attitude.
2. I like Doss, but his IND performance was bullsh!t. I'm not as confident as I have been in the past. He has good feet, but if he goes into September with unreliable hands, he'll be no higher than the #4...again. I've yet to see Reed demonstrate a "separating release"; very few total opportunities over the years due to injuries. Thompson is more of a North-South track guy and I haven't seen him pressed/beat the press either. Maybe there's some 2011 Florida tape out there that shows otherwise?
3. Streeter has to show and prove that he knows the offense, can run some routes and has reliable hands. Essentially, he has to beat out Thompson, Willams, Reed and Doss b/c that's how we have run our offensive depth chart to-date (unless there are injuries, a guy's place in line depends on seniority and draft position). Now, with a new OC (Jim?) maybe that will change. Maybe the OC will go with more of a "package" offense than Cam ever did, within which Streeter would see some RZ snaps. Still...he'll have to show reliable hands.
I'm taken things OT, so let me come back to this...I know we have holes to fill on defense, but I also think that we have an opportunity to strengthen our offense. We need a TE that can block, so grab one that can also snatch a rebound off the rim; they will be some available (see FA thread). We need a savvy route runner (a budding Mason) that can beat tight man, and from rounds 2-5 there will be several: Patton, "Studman", Swope, Rogers, Johnson, Bumphis, Collins. All the better for Joe over the next 5-7 years.
It's very disappointing to me because Doss has some potential. He's a natural and fluid receiver, but by the end of year 2 I just think you need to see more out of him than we're getting. I think the team feels the same way we do--they allowed Doss to take a good number of snaps as the #3 WR over the last half of the season, probably recognizing that Jacoby's work on returns necessitated him playing less snaps at WR. He didn't do too much with his snaps at #3 WR other than 2 impressive catches over the deep middle vs. Cleveland and vs. Oakland as well as a TD on a WR screen where his blockers did all the work. They also gave him a few looks at punt returner where he didn't do much outside of a good return vs. Denver.
That culminated with Doss's "performance" in the Indianapolis game... which was quite frankly a disaster as he dropped/failed to catch all 3 of his targets. So all in all, you have 2 nice catches, 1 good return, and about 5 dropped passes (I recall he also dropped one in the Pittsburgh loss and seem to recall another one at some point too.) That's a horrible rate of return even given the small sample size.
I thought over the last year or so that Doss had a good shot at replacing Boldin by 2013. I no longer think that at all. They drafted 2 WRs in rounds 2-4 in 2011 and it looks like one of them is going to pan out and one of them is going to be a replacement-level player. That's not bad but there are too many question marks regarding who's going to be the future starter across from Torrey.
We also have to take Joe's age and durability into account. He is much younger than the QBs viewed above him and has not missed a game.
If I were Baltimore, unless he plays a horrible game Sunday, I would be worried about getting his contract over with quickly. Unless Matt Ryan helps the Falcons win the Super Bowl, Joe is going to garner more than him. If Atlanta pays out big for Ryan, that will shoot Flacco's price up higher.