This team -esp. the offensive part this year- has been nothing but weird, and I really can't figure it out.
That being said, putting all the blame on Flacco is ridiculous. He's no more guilty than Cam was. Indeed the reason *I* (can't speak for Colts Fan) supported CC's removal wasn't because he was full of "suck and fail" but because he had clearly peaked as to what he could get out of the offense and indeed the offense seemed to be going backward, just as Flacco was.
I think the one constant the Ravens have had for pretty much all their offenses over the past 11 years since the Superbowl is a poor or pathetic (depending on year) offensive line. One year the line was considered "good" but that was it. The rest of the time it's been decent or good at something (usually run blocking) and bad or worse at the other. Usually one side was well-guarded (Ogden as a prime example) while the other side was filled with questionable journeymen or rookies. Maybe that - and unimaginative play calling which that partly feeds into - has been the real problem with our offense most of these years.
One things for sure if they sign Flacco to that mega deal so many here want them to sign him to the team won't be getting involved in free agency because they won't have any freaking cap space.
Expect more scrubs from other teams to plug in at LB and along the OL.As far as their own FA's, it's doubtful that they'll have the cap space to retain many of them either so along with the holes that already exist may as well prepare for some new ones to pop up.
I'll take Alex Smith and a couple of quality OL as opposed to Flacco and a couple more Bobbie Williams.
Seven current players and four former players consuming over $62 million of the $123 million cap. That leaves $61 million to pay the other 46 players on the roster and the practice squad players.
Flacco was slated to earn $8 million for the 2012 season so if they double that for next season that is going to further limit their options as far as upgrading through FA.
I don't know Flacco's heart, but it is conceivable he could take a hometown discount so that the Ravens can sign players elsewhere. Then again he could say, with all the negative remarks from fans and media here, that he is damned here no matter what he does and thus will either get what he can here or take his talent elsewhere.
Flacco has his faults, but those who really know football and are not concerned with fantasy numbers understand he is a pretty good quarterback when he gets protection. He also has a very impressive track record and has had some decent come-from-behind victories in his young career.
It is my belief that he is the best hope for the Ravens to get to the Super Bowl. If the Ravens let him walk, he will be a good quarterback for another team, especially if that team's line is solid.
Last edited by OriginalColtsFan; 12-18-2012 at 05:13 PM.
Can't have your cake and eat it too so to speak, so no complaining when they can't retain their own quality FA's or bring in any ones from the outside other than the usual discards who can be signed on the cheap.
You can get away with spending 18 million a year on a QB when he's good enough to make up for the corners you have to cut in the cap room to keep him.
Does Joe allow for a less than stellar defense? Nope.
Less than stellar O-line? Nope.
Less than stellar receivers? Nope.
Less than stellar running game? Nope.
So if he needs a strong run game, O-line, defense, and run game to succeed, why is he getting paid like he's Tom Brady? A LOT of QBs can succeed if they are decent and are surrounded by strong pieces. Hell, Mark friggin Sanchez did it, and he is actually terrible.
Pay Joe that money, and the team fails (as in doesn't win a SB) for the duration.
While the usual suspects focus on the last three games as if Joe's ENTIRE career started in week 13...
Fascinating, 'aint it? The last three weeks, he's turned the ball over too much, and it wasn't all his OL / WRs fault. But if you can manage to remember the last 4+ years too, you'd realize Joe isn't a chronically turnover prone QB by any stretch of the imagination... and when the Ravens offense isn't turning the ball over, they're winning. Even ugly. Or you can just run with the idea that Joe of week 13 through 15 is all he's ever been and all he'll ever be.
Games are won by teams, not individual players. A quarterback is just one player. In a sense I agree with you. Spending 18 million on one player hurts the team as it has to pay a lot less for other players/positions when filling out the rosters. I do not agree with the rest of what you are saying because it is not true. You are either ignorant or trying to stir things up.
And Mark Sanchez succeeded? I missed those Super Bowls. Heck, they didn't even make the playoffs the past two seasons. Now I know you are just trying to stir things up. No rational person would make that statement with a straight face.
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