Joe Flacco expects a much better offense in Baltimore

AP

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is coming off a lousy season in which he had a career-low 73.1 passer rating while throwing more interceptions (22) than touchdown passes (19) for the first time in his career. But Flacco says that’s all in the past.

Although Flacco has been described as inconsistent in training camp, he believes he and his teammates are ready for a big year under new coordinator Gary Kubiak.

I expect our offense to be a lot better,” Flacco told the Ravens’ website. “We haven’t performed up to our standards, statistically. This offense is going to be pretty tough to handle. We’ve got a lot of weapons and we’ve got a lot of tough guys. I expect us to be up there at the top of the league.”

Flacco doesn’t see any reason the 2014 Ravens can’t be as good as the 2012 team that won the Super Bowl.

“There’s no doubt about it,” he said. “We have a great team. Our defense is revved up just like always. Our offense has a ton of weapons, some new guys. We’re working on a new offense, but I think everybody is really confident with it. Believe me, I’ve been a part of some good teams, obviously, and we’re just as good as ever.”

The Ravens need Flacco to be as good as he was two years ago, and much better than he was last year. That’s what Flacco expects of himself.

58 responses to “Joe Flacco expects a much better offense in Baltimore

  1. Flacco “the deep ball thrower” was 4th from worst in the entire NFL in completion percentage at 21.1% of passes that were in the air for 21 yards or more.

    Tom Brady, who so many of you disparage constantly as being “done” “can’t throw more than 10 yards”, etc has a passer rating of 91.7, 4th best in the NFL since 2006, (the year his WR corps was garbage) on those same throws.

  2. Let’s say your team’s offensive line installed a new blocking scheme in the off season that takes a year to run effectively.

    Then lets say it had to replace it’s LT because he was grading out to be the worst in the league and getting your QB killed in pass protection. Lets also say your LG gets injured soon after and you use a converted center who’s never played guard to replace him. Let’s also say this LG graded out to be the worst in the league.

    Then lets pair him with the worst starting center and RT according to PFF and your pro bowl RG who isn’t healthy until week 10.

    Then let’s say you lose both of your possession receivers before the season starts (one to injury and the other to trades) leaving you with only receivers who can take the top off the defense but not go underneath.

    Until week one when you lose one of them for the first quarter of the season.

    Then lets say your Running game is non existent because both your starters are hurt and never get back to 100% until the following year.

    So effectively you have no play action passes.

    Now against all these odds you have a winning record when your QB blows out his knee and plays on one leg for the final two games.

    Lets say you make it to the 4th quarter of a tie game in week 17 to get to the playoffs before it all goes south.

    Do you really think an 8-8 record would be plausible?

    And with all these things fixed in the off season (new linemen, healthier players and more depth along the entire team) do you really think they’ll be infective?

  3. The only team that wears purple who matters is the Minnesota Vikings.

    The Refs gave you the game last year.

    We would have destroyed you at home.

    Cordarrelle Patterson destroyed your whole defense.

  4. Flacco = Eli Manning 2.0

    So basically what you’re saying is that Flacco is on his way to his 2nd Super Bowl ring this year? Since Eli won it then had a down year then ended up winning it again. Am I right?

  5. $20 mill a season for more INT’s than TD’s…

    A QB rating so low it’s easier to list who finished ABOVE him last year…

    These GREATS had a HIGHER QB rating than Flunko did last season.

    Christian Ponder
    E.J. Manuel
    Chad Henne
    Jason Campbell
    Case Keenum
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Kellen Clemens

    Flacco is better than average. Last yr was a tough year for him.

    But he is not a top tier QB and he’s being paid like one.

  6. Let’s say your team’s offensive line installed a new blocking scheme in the off season that takes a year to run effectively.

    Then lets say it had to replace it’s LT because he was grading out to be the worst in the league and getting your QB killed in pass protection. Lets also say your LG gets injured soon after and you use a converted center who’s never played guard to replace him. Let’s also say this LG graded out to be the worst in the league.

    Then lets pair him with the worst starting center and RT according to PFF and your pro bowl RG who isn’t healthy until week 10.

    Then let’s say you lose both of your possession receivers before the season starts (one to injury and the other to trades) leaving you with only receivers who can take the top off the defense but not go underneath.

    Until week one when you lose one of them for the first quarter of the season.

    Then lets say your Running game is non existent because both your starters are hurt and never get back to 100% until the following year.

    So effectively you have no play action passes.

    Now against all these odds you have a winning record when your QB blows out his knee and plays on one leg for the final two games.

    Lets say you make it to the 4th quarter of a tie game in week 17 to get to the playoffs before it all goes south.

    Do you really think an 8-8 record would be plausible?

    And with all these things fixed in the off season (new linemen, healthier players and more depth along the entire team) do you really think they’ll be infective?

    One of the most well written WHINE/ ESCUSE from a Raven fan ever. The sum total is what happens when a good team can’t overcome football related problems and becomes average at best. Good teams overcome problems not making excuses. Off season on paper fixes are great till the hitting starts….will see but stop whining it’s beneath you.

  7. For what Flacco is being paid, Ravens fans should expect more…

    Then again, that cap number doesn’t allow a team to keep the necessary players around him…

  8. So Flacco has one bad season and everyone thinks they can base what they think of him off of that, and none of the good to great seasons he’s had prior to this.

    Put any other QB under the same problems Baltimore had last season with no offensive line and no reliable receivers and I don’t think they win many games either.

    Ed Dickson should get 8 INTs placed squarely upon his brick hands as they hit him in the hands, bounced in the air and got picked off. I am not sad to see that guy leave town. Then we have Dallas Clark, a guy known for his hands, drops a wide open pass in the endzone with with nobody around him at all.

    Still, with as bad as you all say Joe is, we won 8 games and didn’t have a losing season. We tied the Steelers….so what is their excuse?

    Seriously, the Ravens have had some TERRIBLE starting Qb’s over the years and we finally have a good one. He may not be the greatest in the league, but give him some pieces to work with and he can win when it counts. He’s proven that already.

  9. I knew when he signed that contract he would never in a million years play up to it.

    That being said, I’m curious why the pics of Jerrah never got any traction in the media. Are they fake? Did he buy silence? Inquiring minds want to know…..

  10. Can’t wait to check back here in a few months… all the people bashing Joe will be silent.

  11. “Joe Flacco is going to have a career year.”

    It’s going to be even worse than last year? My condolences.

  12. In related news, Joe Flacco was heard telling a group of haters…..

    “I still had a .500 record with a sorry running back, sorry o-line, and depleted defense.

    And was one game shy of reaching the playoffs for the 6th straight year.

    The Ravens were 5-11 the year prior to me arriving and haven’t had a losing season since.

    Get on your knees and kiss my SB Ring and MVP trophy LOSERS.”

    end quote

  13. You guys can bash Flacco all you want, but if you trash him for a bad season, you should praise him for the great SB run.

    There were a lot of issues contributing factors to a bad season: won SB, Ray rice poor support, bad O-line and no Dennis Pitta, the list goes on.

    You will all see in the next coming years what great QB Flacco is.

    And please quit talking about his salary, unless you talk about Romo’s, Ryan’s, Stafford’s, and now Dalton’s. At least Flacco delivered the chip! What did you QB do????

  14. “Joe Flacco is going to have a career year.”

    It’s going to be even worse than last year? My condolences.

    I was just about to wish you the same after reading about Andy Dalton’s contract.

  15. Yes, Romo’s contract takes the cake…at least most of the other overpaid (Flacco included) are young and not in their mid 30s and have back issues. The other guys may still have their prime ahead of them…

    And yes, Ravens fans: enough with excuses…Flacco was not good last year no matter what you want to say about o-line, run game, etc.

    THere are QBs on worse teams with bad lines, inferior receivers and have less experience who had better pass ratings, less INTs, etc than him last year.

  16. As soon as they find a quarterback I agree with Flacco, they will have a better offense.

  17. Flacco isn’t elite. He got paid for his performance in the 2012 playoffs. Yes he ended up winning it all. But Flacco cant win with average Wrs. Brady and Peyton can. That’s why I say he isn’t elite.

    This year I think the Ravens will be a force in the AFCN and AFC because they have added some weapons on offense. The division race will come down to the Ravens and Bengals. The Steelers will be better than last season but not good enough to challenge for the division title.

  18. raven’s fans have more excuses for a terrible season than any other fanbase in history. Every team has injuries…every team loses players to free agency, contract issues etc. But Ozzie Gruesome thinks it’s cool to let a wife beater stay on the roster. Absolutely classless organization.

  19. So let me get this straight;

    If a player can’t overcome problems in a team game, it’s his fault because he should elevate himself to a higher level.

    But, if he has a decent team around him he’s just along for the ride and is lucky?

    Is that about right?

    I forgot that this wasn’t a team sport and QBs now had to block, as well as catch their own passes.

  20. Sometimes when no one’s looking, I scratch at the purple paint. You can still see the brown underneath. It’ll be a race between the brown Browns and the purple Browns for 3rd and 4th place in the division. We all know it.

    Btw, best career passing rating among AFCN starting quarterbacks, even with a crap o line most of the time? That would be Big Ben, the hardest to tackle quarterback in the NFL.

    GO STEELERS!

  21. “If a player can’t overcome problems in a team game, it’s his fault because he should elevate himself to a higher level.”

    So let me get this straight.

    When it’s Joe Flacco, it’s the whole team’s fault. But when the defense allows 30 points in a post-season game, Bernard fumbles on the goal line, the OC abandons what working, it’s still all Andy Dalton’s fault…

    Pick a side. Geesh.

  22. I am in favor of a west coast style of offense to take pressure off of the o-line but requires Joe to make quicker decisions.

  23. This reminds me of that one time where the one guy said about that one team that he really expected them to be worse the next year, because like all those types of things– specifically, those thing-a-magigs– its really rare for a player to be enormously optimistic about the oncoming season.

    Now, admittedly, we all know about that one team that was a like: we’re gonna be soooooo good, but as it turned out, they weren’t even better than the other teams in that division. It almost always happens, but its not like its a trend or something.

    Plus, Flacco couldn’t spell “Cat” if you spotted him the C and the T.

  24. Almost 1/2 the league would have killed for a 8-8 season.

    The fact that people are claiming that as a “terrible” season really speaks volumes as to how highly this franchise is regarded.

    The balance of power has shifted squarely to Baltimore the past 5 years, and will continue to stay there until Cincinnati or Pittsburgh can show the same consistency.

    This team will be dangerous, as always. Hopefully the offense will improve enough to put games away in the 4th quarter.

  25. Flacco won us a superbowl. 11 TD’s – 0 INT’s. We don’t listen to fans of teams with non-superbowl mvp QB’s talking trash. Have YOUR QB do what our QB did, THEN come talk to us. Oh and for the haven’t won anything since we found the cameras Patriots fans, I know that in 2 straight head to head playoff games, my QB outperformed your QB.

  26. This team will be dangerous, as always. Hopefully the offense will improve enough to put games away in the 4th quarter.

    The arrest records show it’s a very dangerous team…off the field that is…on the field who knows. Their fans sure talk a good game.

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