Joe Flacco has been under intense criticism sense he proclaimed that he was an “elite quarterback”. One may disagree if they look solely at Flacco’s statistics during the regular season, however I think it’s unrealistic to say Flacco was “lucky” during his Superbowl run. This brings us to last season; Flacco threw for 3912 yards, 19 TD, 22 interceptions. Numbers alone indicate that Flacco is far from being elite. A thorough investigation (Anti-Pro Football Focus, Anti-Majority ESPN Writers/TV/Radio Commentators) would bring up the lack of help from the receiver and tight end positions, terrible run game and poor offensive line play as being potential factors to Flacco’s dreadful statistics for a hopeful “elite” quarterback. So how do you evaluate Joe Flacco? Flacco has opened himself up to a lot of scrutiny when he signed his contract, cap friendly or not, he is regarded as one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL.
With this in mind, there is a considerable amount of fan outrage when Joe Flacco didn’t take the time out to work with his receivers/tight ends especially a new offense is in place. So far in public practices, Flacco has thrown at least 2 “pick 6” interceptions in practice. Jamison Hensley also reported that Flacco is being “erratic” with his throws in practice. I distinctly remember last off-season/training camp, in which it was reported that Flacco threw a ton of interceptions. He carried that unfortunate tradition on the playing field racking up a career high of 22 interceptions last year.
It’s time for Flacco to step up, a few weapons were provided this offseason, a proven offensive coordinator, and a half-hearted attempt to fix the offensive line took place. It is hard to get excited about two offensive weapons over the age of 30 being added to the roster. It’s hard to get excited that the only offensive weapon drafted in the first round during Flacco’s time in Baltimore is no longer with the team, farewell Blind Side.
With all that said, it’s time for Flacco to step up. He chooses not to get his receivers and tight ends together during the offseason, which is his prerogative, but fans and supporters of the team do not want to hear or see erratic throws and multiple interceptions being thrown. Maybe it’s time for Joe’s agent to have a heart to heart talk with him. It’s time for Flacco to step up or redo his contract for $8 million a year, which is still high for an average quarterback.