Here are Ryan's career stats:
Pass Attempts: 2,419
Pass Completions: 1,500
Percentage Completion: 62
Passing Yards: 17,310
Passer Rating: 89.4
Here are Joe's career stats:
Pass Attempts: 2,299
Pass Completions: 1,396
Percentage Completion: 60.7
Passing Yards: 16,311
Passer Rating: 86.1
Now, while Ryan has more TDs, and a slightly higher passer rating, for the most part, Joe and Matt are more similar than dissimilar, and Joe has many more post season victories than Matt. So wouldn't it make the most sense to be comparing these 2 QBs when it comes to how much each should be getting as far as contract extensions are concerned? And if Joe "sucks", doesn't Ryan also "suck"? You can't have it both ways.
He said that Flacco's only major shortcoming is that he needs to improve his "internal clock" and throw the ball away more often.
Cosell said that his inconsistency is due partly to that "internal clock" issue but as much or more due to the kinds of route combinations that have been called. He opined that since the Ravens WRs have difficulty gettting separation in the isolation routes that are their staple, Flacco is forced to hold onto the ball longer. He also opined that what was missing were the rubs, crossing patterns, bunch formations that would result in SOMEONE being open.
As to Progressions, you need to watch Ravens games closely and you will see that Flacco does go through his progressions. The only problem is, like in the aforementioned separation issue (or lack of separation issue), watch Flacco's eyes and you will see that he does see all the receivers.
Cosell said that Flacco is a good NFL QB with the strongest arm in the NFL. He believes that Flacco can be much better than that but it will take a new route planning philosophy that does not force him to stand in the pocket waiting for someone to get open then either taking the sack or dumping off to the RB.
Fact: Boldin has been targeted 99 times and caught 58 for 58% catch rate.
Let's see how that stacks up to other WR's of note.
C Johnson: 96/157/61%
AJ Green: 85/144/59%
Larry Fitzgerald: 57/131/44% - What? Larry? Must have a bad QB or something.
Eric Decker: 64/98/65% - What? Eric Decker>Fitzgerald? OR is it the QB? Hmm.
Point: Boldin's catch % by targets is fine. Is it the best? No. Is it in company with some of the better receivers in the league? Yes it is.
What the stats also show is a direct correlation between the catch % and quality of the QB. This means - how catchable are the balls? Are the sailing above the WR's head?
Boldin is a fine receiver - he is PLENTY good enough along with T. Smith and Dennis Pitta. The receiving corps is fine.
Furthermore, Greg Cosell has looked at EVERY SNAP of Joe Flacco over the course of his entire career, and even some college film. His conclusions: 1. Joe Flacco is a good QB who can make every throw. 2. Joe Flacco has room to improve, especially when it comes to his internal clock and reading blitz packages. 3. Joe Flacco (and his STATS) have been hampered by his OC.
Now...THAT is a FULL picture of an NFL QB. And one that is EARNED from having looked at EVERY NFL SNAP Joe has ever had under center. That is a credible source, and an accurate assessment. What do YOU bring to the table? Nothing even close.
the Ravens never use a reverse or an end around play. since Stallworth was here. we do need some new or better plays
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