Is he capable of improving his decision making and avoiding critical errors at vital points in the game? Can he raise the level of play of those around him by being that leader or is he simply an above average QB who is only successful when all other aspects of the Offense are clicking on full cylinder?
When there are no receivers open he needs to be willing to tuck the ball and run as he did early on.He also needs to be conscious of where the team is at in the game in relation to the scoreboard and not do things to jeopardize the lead such as taking a sack deep in their own end and coughing the ball up or trying to force the ball into double coverage instead of throwing it away and punting for field position.
No one has ever questioned his physical abilities and on occasion he has shown flashes of what he's capable of but that's usually interrupted by long stretches where he just simply does not produce.It could be that his brain just doesn't process what's going on around him as quickly as others or that he was hamstrung by Cameron's Offense.We'll find out soon enough, but the justification for signing him to a ridiculous contract on par with the elite QB's in the league simply based on the fact that another team would foolishly fork over the bucks seems weak and misguided.
If Flacco can only be successful with a solid team around him than it is essential that the team maintain the cap space in order to provide that. Otherwise the team is going to be stuck in a position where they have a handful of players consuming the majority of their cap space and the rest of their roster is filled with mediocre cast offs from other teams because that's all that they can afford.
I guess anyone who doesn't share your weak argument is a "straw man irrelevant poster", eh?
The fact of the matter is, plug half of the quarterbacks in the league to the Ravens, and the result will likely be the same, or possibly even better than Joe. This is my opinion, what proof do you have that it's false?
Place "winner" Joe on a lousy team and the team will more than likely remain lousy because if the team sucks, he will make little difference.
Sorry for this wake up call....
Last edited by tigercruise; 12-12-2012 at 02:38 PM.
I think a lot of the Ravens' history of QB instability goes back to Billick. He was determined to turn this team's offense into the 1998 Vikings, even though the personnel was never in place in Baltimore and none of the QBs was ever going to be Randall Cunningham (circa '98-99 season).
If the Ravens have had any instability with quarterbacks over the years, it's certainly not a novelty. Most teams in the NFL have quarterback issues and most of them are average to lousy. You can say what you want about Flacco's weaknesses and yes, they can be of the "hair-pulling" variety, but he has given the team a very good, winning quarterback since 2008. He's not in the top 5(IMO) but realistically, it could have been much worse. Let's not forget the infamous Tony Banks on the way to the Super Bowl.
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