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Joe Flacco: It’s annoying to have so many interceptions

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There are plenty of things you can point to as explanations, but one result of any analysis of what’s gone on with the Baltimore is that quarterback Joe Flacco hasn’t played well enough.

He’s got a lower quarterback rating than Matt Schaub, ranks 26th in the league in completion percentage and has already set a career high in interceptions. On Wednesday, Flacco said that he hasn’t been good enough this season and particularly lamented the number of picks that he’s thrown this season.

“It’s annoying,” Flacco said, via the team’s website. “I’m a guy that does not like to throw interceptions. Believe me, I don’t like the fact that when you look at what we’ve done, that I’ve thrown, what is it, 13 interceptions? Yeah, c’mon, I don’t like that. That’s tough.”

Flacco said he didn’t think the interceptions were a result of impatience on his part and, as with most quarterbacks, you can find interceptions of several stripes if you look back at the season. Again, though, any explanation you choose gets back to the simple fact that Flacco and the passing game haven’t done their jobs this season.

Tight end Dennis Pitta, who the team has clearly missed, returned to practice on Wednesday and his presence will be helpful if he can make it back to the field. With the Ravens at 4-6, that help may have to come quickly if it is going to be worth all that much.

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39 Responses to “Joe Flacco: It’s annoying to have so many interceptions”
  1. crs334 says: Nov 21, 2013 7:09 AM

    Anyone who’s ever watched football knew he was disgustingly overpaid. What a joke

  2. madtownthrowdown says: Nov 21, 2013 7:12 AM

    Joe is a guy who “doesn’t like to throw interceptions”. Thats funny Joe. I thought most QB’s did enjoy throwing interceptions. Man i’m sorry Ravens fans that this guy gave you hope and then took the franchise to the bank. Hard to run a guy out of town when they make more money then 99% of players in the nfl. Alex Rodriguez 2.0 (only contract factored in to this theory)

  3. bigwaz says: Nov 21, 2013 7:15 AM

    Remember when 4-6 teams were irrelevant? Parody overpays average quarterbacks.

  4. ravenswhat says: Nov 21, 2013 7:20 AM

    His receivers drop A LOT of balls. He has never had legit super star WR. I’m pretty sure if he had Andre Johnson his qb rating would be higher than shaub.

    However, the Ravens have always been a ground & pound team. Strong run and suffocating D. The way to rule the North. The weak run game has put joe under the magnifying glass this year. He def needs to play better.

  5. winorlose6burgh says: Nov 21, 2013 7:26 AM

    It’s annoying to have that much money and I could throw better then that

  6. lennydpocketqb says: Nov 21, 2013 7:40 AM

    “Flaceptions”.

  7. ravanator says: Nov 21, 2013 7:44 AM

    Joe Flacco = Future HOF

    All other QBs in the NFL wish they had half of Joe Montana Flacco’s talent.

    #enviousoftworings
    #ravensrepeat

  8. ravioles says: Nov 21, 2013 7:46 AM

    When the other teams knows that your team has the worst rushing attack since the merger, it makes life tough for a quarterback.

  9. ccjcsr says: Nov 21, 2013 7:58 AM

    It bet It’s annoying for the Owner that shelled out a ridiculous amount of money for an elite QB.

    #notelite

  10. mlbbal52 says: Nov 21, 2013 8:02 AM

    Elite…ugh

  11. pabrownsfan says: Nov 21, 2013 8:05 AM

    At least he didn’t pass the buck like a quarterback in Washington did. Good for him.

  12. cwk22 says: Nov 21, 2013 8:06 AM

    I am sure the fans are annoyed too!!!

  13. mmmpierogi says: Nov 21, 2013 8:08 AM

    That’s what happens when you throw the bank at a good-game managing, otherwise middling QB. Should have paid him the year before when he was worth closer to his actual value — even his agent agrees with this.

  14. boothisman says: Nov 21, 2013 8:14 AM

    So much for being ‘elite’.

  15. Sideline Mob says: Nov 21, 2013 8:43 AM

    How annoyed must Eli Manning be right now?

  16. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 21, 2013 9:33 AM

    “ELITE”joe flacco Statistics:

    13 td — 13 — 6 fumbles

    Andy Dalton Statistics:

    21 td — 15 — 4 fumbles

  17. steelerben says: Nov 21, 2013 10:08 AM

    Flacco needs better protection, a possession receiver, a solid running game, good field position from solid defense and special teams play, and an aggressive game plan.

    Those are all things he had last year when they won the Super Bowl and don’t have this year when he isn’t looking worth the money.

    I’m still not discounting him heating up down the stretch, though. I recall last season thinking the Ravens were going to send him to the Jets at about midseason because he was turning it over and playing pretty poorly and he ended up having a historically good playoff run and being the Super Bowl MVP.

  18. ravensterps says: Nov 21, 2013 10:09 AM

    Hey rustbelt, 13 picks is a career high for Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco. Andy Dalton, on the other hand, has never thrown less than 13 picks in a season.

  19. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 21, 2013 11:29 AM

    If you factor out the abundance of safe, check-down passes, Flacco’s getting intercepted once every 3 passes.

  20. db3233 says: Nov 21, 2013 12:01 PM

    What’s even more annoying is Flacco and all Raven fans think he’s a good QB.

  21. guitarkevin says: Nov 21, 2013 1:30 PM

    Joe has the worst offensive line, in the league, in front of him. The Ravens can’t even run the ball for crying out loud.
    And all you trolls think Joe, and his contract, are the main reason he is having a bad year. If you were standing behind Geno Gradkowski all season, you’d be in the nearest ICU.
    Joe has proven, with the right protection, he can pick anyone apart – regardless of who is catching the ball.
    But keep hating.

  22. jacktheraven says: Nov 21, 2013 1:38 PM

    Every fan would think their QB is great, when they avg. 11 wins, at least 1 playoff win every year, for 5 years, and a SB win. It’s not that hard db3233.

  23. barbasol11111111 says: Nov 21, 2013 2:06 PM

    Not as annoying as being a fan of te team you qb, joe

    Yeah it’s nice to have a qb who can be a consistent winner when he has a good oline, good running game, and dominant defense

    But paying a guy that much who needs those things to win is not good business

    How many other ravens fans were ready for them to beat Indy, lose to Denver and then figure out the future in the offseason?

    All I know is I’ve seen 4 games of amazing joe flacco and about 70 games of mediocre joe flacco. You shouldn’t base a contract like that on 4 games. Sorry fellow fans but our qb is pretty lame.

  24. luniz7 says: Nov 21, 2013 2:11 PM

    @ravenswhat what does his receivers dropping balls have to do with interceptions? Last time I checked an interception was when the defender caught the pass from the opposing qb. Flaccid sucks and always has. The ravens went on a run last year and won. Still doesn’t make Flaccid any better lol.

  25. randygnyc says: Nov 21, 2013 3:04 PM

    Look at all the ravens fans saying that the defense is the problem or that the o line is the problem. The ravens personnel problems are directly caused by how much they had to pay for a slightly above average qb. Joes elite salary means there’s not much for other needs. When you get paid a disproportionate amount, your level of play MUST be reflective or you haven’t earned it and are not worth it. PERIOD.

  26. lennydpocketqb says: Nov 21, 2013 3:09 PM

    He’s fine. The O-line stinks. Recievers are an issue as well. At least the Ravens won the Super Bowl last year you crabby Ravens “fans”.

  27. SmashMouthFootball says: Nov 21, 2013 3:33 PM

    ” The ravens personnel problems are directly caused by how much they had to pay for a slightly above average qb. Joes elite salary means there’s not much for other needs.”

    Please explain your analysis. The only player on offense who wasn’t paid is Boldin and that was cost/benefit decision based on the assumption others, like Pitta, would be playing. People like you say this stuff every time but no one can actually explain why.

  28. francogreenbradshaw says: Nov 21, 2013 3:50 PM

    Remember when he said he was the best quarterback in the league…………

  29. cfeeley52 says: Nov 21, 2013 4:23 PM

    randygnyc says:
    Nov 21, 2013 3:04 PM
    Look at all the ravens fans saying that the defense is the problem or that the o line is the problem. The ravens personnel problems are directly caused by how much they had to pay for a slightly above average qb. Joes elite salary means there’s not much for other needs. When you get paid a disproportionate amount, your level of play MUST be reflective or you haven’t earned it and are not worth it. PERIOD.
    —————————————-
    You can make that argument in 3 years when his cap number actually hits 20 mil. This year it was under 10 mil which left plenty of space. There are reasons we’re bad this year, Joe’s salary is not one of them. Make sure you know the facts before you spout off. PERIOD.

  30. propertyofthebroncos says: Nov 21, 2013 5:01 PM

    Flacco is SO overrated it makes me sick to my stomach and I’m not a ravens fan. you know they have been regretting signing that contract since the season began.

  31. cfeeley52 says: Nov 21, 2013 6:43 PM

    propertyofthebroncos says:
    Nov 21, 2013 5:01 PM
    Flacco is SO overrated it makes me sick to my stomach and I’m not a ravens fan. you know they have been regretting signing that contract since the season began.
    ————————————-
    I’ll bet losing to him in the playoffs made you sick to your stomach too…

  32. jmblosser82 says: Nov 21, 2013 8:58 PM

    Guitarkevin, Ben plays behind a line that is just as bad as Joe. Ben is making more plays, Brown is stepping up as a #1, Bell is showing promise, and Cotchery seems to have found the fountain of youth. The only game they never really were in was the Bears game, early season blunder by Ben. Given a line that is half as good as Brees, Manning, or Brady and the Steelers would be at worst tied for first in the North. Joe started out hot but quickly showed what he’s truly worth in the second half of the first game. They paid him to put the team on his shoulders and has yet to do so. The line is part of the problem but it’s his job to get the job done. He is getting paid 6-7 mil this year and at the rate this team is going he will average 1 mil per win.

  33. jmblosser82 says: Nov 21, 2013 9:18 PM

    Also last year it was Cam’s fault Joe was underperforming, this year it’s the line and/or the running games fault. Raven nation is finding every excuse other the what the problem really is, Joe.

  34. timsizzle83 says: Nov 22, 2013 2:45 AM

    Joe’s contract has nothing to do with our offensive woes at all. Boldin was traded because he was not worth his $7,000,000 a yr contract. our offensive line sucks because Matt Birk retired he called all the signals for the line. Joe’s two main go-to’s from last season are now on another team and the sidelines. Torrey Smith is our best offensive weapon and he’s in the top 5% of wrs statistically. Castillo has to go, it’s tough to complete passes when you have one guy who can get open and you only have 3 seconds to get him the ball before you get crushed. Sometimes you just gotta let it fly, its tough to win while taking 5-7 sacks a game. These are all things you would know if you had any idea about what was going on with the Baltimore Ravens football team however you don’t have a clue because national media doesn’t cover them. The only way you would know anything about this team is if you live in Baltimore and watched every snap of every game like we do. Joe is not the problem. Would we have a better record if we had peyton or drew brees? Yeah but who wouldn’t.

  35. jacktheraven says: Nov 22, 2013 9:56 AM

    Doubters act like there’s a problem, and it’s all Joe’s fault. They act like Joe is a 1 hit wonder. Actually, this 4-6 record is a 1 hit wonder. It can be turned around. Joe’s had 5 years of success. Not a big deal, right now.

  36. johnnybgood19 says: Nov 22, 2013 10:03 AM

    Remember: There is no i in team but there will always be a lack in Flacco.

  37. broncosaddict says: Nov 22, 2013 1:37 PM

    cfeeley52 says:
    Nov 21, 2013 6:43 PM
    propertyofthebroncos says:
    Nov 21, 2013 5:01 PM
    Flacco is SO overrated it makes me sick to my stomach and I’m not a ravens fan. you know they have been regretting signing that contract since the season began.
    ————————————-
    I’ll bet losing to him in the playoffs made you sick to your stomach too…

    —————
    Pointing to the past doesn’t change the fact the Raven’s are not a very good team.

    Playoffs made me sick, I’ll admit it. And while you did win the SB, that does not mean you were a great team or even good team. The Raven’s were not a very good team last year, won games, but they also had ALOT of breaks in winning games.
    The Raven’s last year were just like my Broncos were with Tim Tebow and his streak of 6 or 7 games. We had a lot of breaks go our way.
    We were not a good team and everyone except the Tim nation knew it. Just as the Ravens were not a good team and everyone except their fans knew it. Don’t confuse needing and getting a break every game with being good. They are different.
    Congratulations on your SB, whether luck or skill nobody can take it away.

  38. jmblosser82 says: Nov 22, 2013 8:56 PM

    Timsizzle, the line is an issue but it’s still on Joe. Ben’s line is just as bad but he has a better passer rating, completion %, more yards, more TDs, less turnovers. He plays behind a line that has given up the second most sacks. His run game is almost as bad as the Ravens.

    As far as this year being the fluke, other then last years playoffs Joe has yet to put the team on his back. He got top dollar to be that guy and he is not. This is why he gets criticized and done other highly paid, nothing accomplished QBs. Ryan got paid but until this year he’s been clutch. Romo got paid, he’s not clutch, but you can’t blame him for the idiot that is J Jones. Rodgers got paid and you can see how the team does without him. Stafford been getting paid too much for too long but thanks to Megatron he puts up great numbers.

  39. jsteudl says: Dec 25, 2013 2:56 AM

    And to think this nimrod wants $169.00 for an autograph.

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