I doubt Rice has lost a step at this point in his career. Also, I do agree with you that statistics are often misleading(including Joe Flacco's record as a quarterback) because football is a team sport. No one person is going to win every game by himself. However, statistics do impart a certain trend over a certain amount of time and this team has a 32-10 record when Ray is more involved. Does it mean the Ravens will win EVERY game? No, but I'll take those percentages any day. Additonally, let's not forget that Joe Flacco becomes a much more dangerous passer off play action. Until this team gets some offensive lineman who can pass block, I'd stick to the running game. It's not sexy but I still think it's their strength.
Additionally, the Ravens need to learn how to properly SCHEME to OPEN UP the p/a. Sometimes, you seem them bootleg or roll the pocket or just roll Joe out, and sometimes it works. But they need to work the middle of the field with SHORT/MEDIUM range passes, and once in a while stretch it out. But Cameron either doesn't know HOW to do that consistently, or prefers NOT to, for whatever reason. You just don't win in the NFL with the running game based on Ray Rice, especially with the Ravens average to below average defense. Not in the playoffs.
They also haven't had a solid LT since Ogden retired other than the times when Gaither was healthy and wanted to play.
Zero touches in the 4th quarter for Rice. I don't expect 30 carries against Pittsburgh, but give the guy a touch or 2 in the 4th.
I'm going to say it again.....if Harbaugh wants to keep Cam he can go to !
12 carries by Ray Rice is well pure stupidity
"He doesn't have, never had, and never will have the intangibles that make a player (at any position) GREAT. He has the talent to put together a spurt or two here and there but he will never be consistant."
What is the title of the Thread you posted ? [answer: That was an incredible 25 minutes of football by Flacco !! ]
And I commented:
He made everything throw he had to make from about 10 minutes to go in the 4th until the end.
That was "Elite" there !!!"
I went back and looked at the Play-by-play.
By my calculation from the 7:51 mark in the 4th Qtr until the end of OT (that's 22:51) Flacco was 18/27 for 223. Are you trying to argue that those stats over about 25 minutes aren't "elite"? That should be elite by anyone's standards. But being elite for 25 minutes or part of a game does not make one an "Elite" QB. It makes them inconsistant. I'm willing to point out the flaws in Joe but I am also willing to give him credit where credit is due. What is wrong with that ?
Nothing wrong with that at all. However, you cant say hes "elite" at times. Then turn around and say he will "never" be elite. He's been at least elite for 10 minutes. He does have flashes of being an elite QB. But he also has flashes of being awful. He is definitely inconsistent
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