Over the course of his career, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been known for frequently throwing deep balls and averaged three passes of at least 25 yards per game between 2010-2015.
That was the highest average of such passes in the league, but things have looked different this season. Flacco has thrown the second-most passes under five yards of any quarterback in the league and completed four passes that have traveled at least 25 yards in the air. The quarterback believes that can make things more difficult for the offense.
“We just make it so tough on ourselves,” Flacco said, via ESPN.com. “We throw the ball 50 times, and we only have 300 yards. You know, we have to move the ball down the field so methodically. … I think that’s just who we are right now. We’ve just got to get jelled up more, so we’re getting some more yards after catch and things like that on some of those short passes.”
Coach John Harbaugh said that offensive coordinator Marc Trestman has called deep passes that haven’t materialized due to a lack of protection or defensive coverages, but agrees “we are searching for” more big plays to jolt an offense that has produced 84 points this season. Kicker Justin Tucker is responsible for 38 of those points, a percentage that could go down if the Ravens can work the deep ball back into their attack.