The Ravens have made some solid moves in Free Agency. Bringing in Steve Smith will help Joe Flacco. In speaking of helping Joe Flacco, it is unbelievable that the Ravens have not drafted a 1st round offensive player since 2009. Facts like this irritates me when I read national reporters (Jeff Chadia) or hear sports commentators on the national level that gets paid for not doing proper homework but that’s another story.
The Ravens need to load up the weaponry for Joe Flacco. As indicated in my previous post, other so called “elite” quarterbacks have a large array of weapons. Look at Peyton Manning, he has strong receivers and a star tight end with a strong running game and offensive line play. Look at Brady, he had a strong running game and still had two solid receivers with upcoming rookie receivers (not counting Gronk last year due to injury). Same could be said for Brees. So when comparing Flacco, a national columnist that actually does their homework and research will see these obvious things.
However Flacco can help himself. He wanted the “elite” payday so he has to be an “elite” quarterback all year round. That means working with receivers, tight ends, and running backs during the offseason. He has enough money to fly some players in or go to the castle. It’s called investing in yourself. I think offseason workouts can do wonders for all of the receivers especially Marlon Brown. Consider this about Brown, undrafted rookie coming off an ACL injury with suspicious wide receiving coaching and he still had 49 receptions, 520 yards, and 7 touchdowns. Another thing Flacco can do to help himself is to actually look at game information during the game with a coach instead of sitting on the sideline staring into space or pulling his hair out.
I was scratching my head when I heard a contract was offered to Ed Dickson. Let the man walk, it just didn’t work with the Ravens.
The front office signed Flacco to a $120 million dollar contract, invest in him. The Browns are adding weapons for a mystery quarterback. Create a situation in which Jacoby Jones is the 5th receiver (that means four receivers are playing at a higher level). Have multiple talented Tight Ends in case of injury. The running back corps has to be improved. The offensive line is obvious, the center graded out worst in the league according to Pro Football Focus.
Players like H. Ngata should help the front office out. He is slated to earn $16 million and he plays like a $4 million dollar player (thats being nice). Same thing can be said about L. Webb even though he is coming off an ACL injury. $8 million in cap space is too little with so many spots to be (more than three) to be filled. Some other players can be shown the door. The water is still muddy; it’s up to OZ and company to make it clear. Joe Flacco can help too.