Flacco’s progress

ESPN radio pot stirrer Colin Cowherd went on a rant this week, “with sources”, regarding the future of Joe Flacco as franchise quarterback of the Ravens.

“Flacco is slow in his progressions, and it’s troubling to some of the people inside the organization. His development is not what they were hoping it was. He’s hit a wall”

Actually, what I’m told, at times he goes too quickly through his progressions. Under heavy fire Flacco delivers the ball quickly and accurately. When did he struggle against New England? Later in the game when the Patriots dropped eight into coverage and Flacco actually had time. That was the adjustment made by Bill Belichick. He had played cover 2 defense throughout the game, but to keep the safeties deep while adding linebackers into the coverage scheme gave Flacco problems. He went through his progressions, but failed to give each one enough time to get open. Ray Rice then became the option.

It’s a lesson learned by the best, to believe you will have the time to let the play breathe. Tom Brady has clearly learned it, witness his 4th quarter touchdown pass to Deion Branch as the Ravens dropped eight into coverage. Brady planted his back foot, and just waited out the coverage. After enough time, someone will come open, and Branch finally shook free from Lardarius Webb.

But as for the franchise losing faith in Flacco. My source says, not a chance. His exact words, “No doubts about Joe. NONE.” He also pointed out the stat that over the last four weeks, Flacco is the highest rated passer in the league. He never comes off the field confused, always delivering reason for his actions, but also understanding why some things failed to work.

He obviously remains a work in progress, but compared to others at this juncture he’s right there. The Ravens also refuse to get him killed. Opening things for a wild shoot out can destroy a quarterback physically and mentally in the span of just a couple of games. The Ravens believe in their quarterback and will protect that investment.

“Joe, if he stays healthy, will have a long career in this league at a very high level.”

That’s the mindset from the castle today. No walls standing in Flacco’s way.

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One Response

  1. I totally disagree with your comments about Flacco He is a quarterback that does know how to check off at the line of scrimmage, he stays focused on one receiver And has no clue how to run a 2 minute drill He doesnt know how to step up in the pocket and quickly bails out. He is not a Quarterback that can win a superbowl. So everyone needs to get off this Joe Flacco band wagon. On my scale of 1-10 on quarterbacks he stands about a 5 or maybe 5.5

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