Flacco’s Picks Proving Costly for Ravens

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Much has been made about the lack production of the Ravens run game lately (and rightly so). However, another disturbing trend is the amount of turnovers Joe Flacco has been producing this season.

With six games remaining in the season for Baltimore, Joe Cool has already surpassed his career high in interceptions with 13. Throwing interceptions number 12 and 13 against Chicago proved costly as the Bears turned them into 10 points, essentially wiping out the Ravens’ early advantage.

“It’s pretty frustrating,” Flacco told reporters after the game.

No doubt Joe it sure is frustrating given the fact that your offensive line was arguably playing their best game this season.  Every Ravens starting lineman earned a PFF grade of 1.0 or better against Chicago (which I find shocking considering the way Julius Peppers was menacing Eugene Monroe all day).

Yes Ray Rice missed his block on Bears defensive end David Bass, which resulted in a pick six, but that play looked doomed from the start.

“I saw Vonta open in the flat and next thing you know I saw a guy running the other way with the football,” Flacco said after the game. “He was just a lineman. You’re not really paying too too much attention [to him]. You’re trying to get a read downfield and we had a little curl, flat combo and Vonta came pretty open.”

I personally don’t even see why that particular play is still in the playbook. Ravens fans have been groaning in displeasure when Leach catches the ball in the flat all year. Yesterday, we’d have gladly taken the standard three-yard gain instead.

Back to Flacco.

The interception on the throw to Dallas Clark in what looked like triple coverage – to me – was all on Joe.

“I was just trying to give Dallas a one-on-one shot up the middle running with the Mike linebacker and the guy made a pretty decent play,” Flacco said.

Head coach John Harbaugh seemed a bit peeved at the turnovers at his Monday press conference.

“What we can’t be doing is turning the ball over in any situation,” Harbs said. “We create too many opportunities for our opponent.”

For a team that has lost five games by a total of 17 points this season, Harbs is right.

Stop with the costly turnovers!

It starts with you, Joe.

 

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6 Raves on “Flacco’s Picks Proving Costly for Ravens

  1. catgirl54 on said:

    I think he’s trying to make too many big plays. Not that I’m any expert, but it seems like he’s trying to carry it all on his shoulders without all his weapons. That may seem like an oversimplification, but that is the way I see it. Trying to live up to his Superbowl MVP reputation…without the supporting cast.

  2. dave on said:

    “Flacco’s Picks Proving Costly for Ravens” What?? He’s an Elite QB !! And he does charismatic McDonald commercials. Can you get me the name of Joe’s agent? Anyone who can sell McDonald’s on Joe being charismatic is someone who could sell ice to Eskimos.

  3. joe d on said:

    What Joe has to realize is that he is not throwing to Boldin or Pitta this year. That thro at the end of the half was a Hail Mary. Clark had no chance of catching the ball. Joe got away with those throws last year because Boldin and Pitta were excellent going up in a crowd and coming down with the ball, but not this year. Flacco needs to take better are of the ball.

  4. Voice of Reason on said:

    I think Baltimore will always be frustrated with Joe Flacco. Unless we draft a Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Johnny Unitas type, we will always be dissatisfied with his performance. I thought all of the criticism of Flacco would go away after winning a Super Bowl, but the big contract has people ticked off. People don’t realize he was paid on past performance with the HOPE of doing the same going forward. He was paid market price and the Ravens had 2 choices: Pay him or let him walk. I think they made the right decision and I truly believe Flacco’s lack of production has more to do with his receivers and offensive line. Everything is so unbalanced this year. Now we realize how important the center position really is and that you can’t draft an undersized player and hope for the best. We also need an experienced coach like a Sean Payton or Josh McDaniels calling the plays. New England’s offense is so fast getting off the line of scrimmage that Brady only has to hold the ball for about 2 seconds. Until our entire offensive philosophy changes, don’t expect Flacco to give you elite performances.

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