Is Joe Flacco destined to throw more interceptions this season?

Joe Flacco

In 2012, Joe Flacco only threw 10 interceptions all season – none during the playoffs.

Already, Flacco has started Week 1 with two interceptions, after throwing four interceptions during the preseason. This is a trend Flacco wants to stop. However, it won’t be easy.

One issue is the chemistry that Flacco is trying to build with new receivers like Marlon Brown, Brandon Stokley, and Dallas Clark. Flacco had tremendous trust in Anquan Boldin (traded) and Dennis Pitta (injured), having a sixth-sense anticipating their timing and reaction on routes. Flacco is still learning his new receivers, and coach John Harbaugh said it may take time for the Ravens’ passing game to evolve.

“It’s obviously something to be concerned about,” Harbaugh said, referring to Flacco’s interceptions. “The routes, and Joe being on the same page in terms of the way the route’s going to be run. We’re not there yet 100 percent on those things.”

Another issue is the separation, or lack of separation, that Ravens’ receivers are getting when running routes. Boldin and Pitta were terrific last season at catching balls in traffic. However, Torrey Smith is receiving more attention from opposing defenses, and neither Clark nor Stokley are speed merchants. Flacco may face more situations where he feels compelled to throw into tighter windows. That could lead to more interceptions, especially when Flacco makes poor decisions or inaccurate throws.

Flacco has never thrown more than 12 interceptions in any of his five seasons. Even if he plays well, expect that interception number to increase this season.

Morning thought: “There’s nobody here who didn’t want Anquan back. It was a business decision both ways. It was definitely disappointing that it went the way it did, but I’m happy for his success and looking forward to our success as well.” ~ John Harbaugh, talking about the Ravens’ controversial decision to trade Boldin to the 49ers.

2 Raves on “Is Joe Flacco destined to throw more interceptions this season?

  1. Chad Spiegel on said:

    Yeah the Ravens decision to trade Boldin isn’t going to help Flacco’s stats, Pitta being out makes matters even worse. My excitement for this season is waning rapidly to say the least, at least as far as the offense is concerned. What’s the point of having such a great QB if they can’t get anyone for him to throw to? Ravens fans need to prepare for a very frustrating and lackluster season.

  2. Jimmy Dundalk on said:

    No question about it,,,,,,,,the loss of Boldin hurts Joe , big time as Boldin made Torey and Pitta better , now Joe has lousy targets to throw to , it was a domino affect eliminating Boldin,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,It was an algebraic equation with Boldin catching passes , the sum of the parts were greater than the parts individually,,,,,,,,,,,,plus the fact Joe will most likely be playing catch up football so he will be taking more chances,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the single move of letting Boldin go hurt the team in more ways than one , not to mention the mental state of the fans , you know these players are human and they feel the same way we do,,,,,,,,,,,,,you can try to justify it but it doesn’t make sense , Harbaugh makes seven million a year , time to start earning it,,,,,,,,,,his true worth will show up this year with out all the tough guys and ‘on field’ coaching he thinks he didn’t need , I think we have an ego problem were,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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