Joe Flacco still banging the drum for a more aggressive offense

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When the Ravens were on their bye earlier this month, quarterback Joe Flacco said that he wanted the offense to be in attack mode when they got back on the field.

The Ravens have won both of their games since returning to action, but attack mode wouldn’t be a particularly apt description of the offense’s approach. They picked up 219 yards in a Week 11 win over the Packers and 294 yards against the Texans on Monday night with points often coming off short fields provided by the defense and special teams.

The latter game saw punter Sam Koch hit as many passes that gained at least 20 yards as quarterback Joe Flacco, who actually came up with a longer gain on a scramble than he did on any of his throws. Flacco said after the game that “it’s probably not super-realistic” to think the Ravens can make a playoff run without getting better on offense.

“There’s a couple of shots for us to have out there and maybe make the game [go] our way,” Flacco said, via ESPN.com. “If you give yourself two shots, and you rely on hitting only those two, there’s going to be games when you don’t hit them. By the end of the season, you don’t want to have to just turn it on when you have to; you want to be doing it all the time.”

Coach John Harbaugh said Flacco was “spot on” in his assessment and it will be hard to find many people arguing that the Ravens don’t have room to improve. Whether they have the pieces to make that happen is a different question and they’ll likely continue leaning on the other units until there’s a more definitive answer.

17 responses to “Joe Flacco still banging the drum for a more aggressive offense

  1. Only a few problems with that, Jump Ball Joe.

    1. You need to stop checking down
    2. Your receivers have to get open
    3. You have to be accurate enough to get them the ball
    4. They have to be willing and able to catch the ball
    5. Your offensive line has to give you time so that you don’t get hammered

    But yeah, other than that, nothing stopping you.

  2. Anyone or Anybody who watches Joe Flacco can clearly see he is on the decline and on the downside of his career. The Ravens don’t have much weapons for him to throw to but how can you be aggressive on offense when you have mediocre quarterback play????????

  3. Ever since he got that huge contract which I think he didn’t deserve he has been so so. The team as a whole is not good at all.

  4. Its not really flacco, Dennis Pitta said its Marty, the plays he calls are 1 read, if its not there you throw to check down.

    ssac3408 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 8:48 am
    Not sure what Flacco is talking about. He is a check down machine no matter what play is called.

  5. Joe and the receivers are clearly not on the same page. The only target I saw to Perriman last night went behind Perriman by a yard or two. Was the ball not thrown to the right location or was Perriman not running the correct route? I also saw a couple play where receivers weren’t even in the same zip code as where Joe threw the ball. Only one was the result of defensive holding. That is a clear sign one of the two are not doing their job.

  6. The Ravens are a true enigma. They continue to have a putrid offense year after year yet they still find a way to either make the playoffs or at least be in the hunt.

  7. The play calling has been conservative. I don’t fault Marty. He has to do that because the patchwork o line is consistently over matched and Flacco has shown he makes poor decisions under pressure. So Marty’s goal is to call high percentage, conservative plays so the offense doesn’t lose the game.

  8. dirtdawg53 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 8:46 am
    Only a few problems with that, Jump Ball Joe.

    1. You need to stop checking down
    2. Your receivers have to get open
    3. You have to be accurate enough to get them the ball
    4. They have to be willing and able to catch the ball
    5. Your offensive line has to give you time so that you don’t get hammered

    But yeah, other than that, nothing stopping you.

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    Thank you. I watched the game, too.

    Houston is playing a B Squad out there and failed in the red zone, which is the only reason they lost. They were toe to toe with them, which makes one wonder what people actually watch when praising them?

  9. schmitty2 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 10:56 am
    The Ravens are a true enigma. They continue to have a putrid offense year after year yet they still find a way to either make the playoffs or at least be in the hunt.

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    ^^This is what I mean right here. It’s a myth.

    It’s nothing of the sort. They’ve missed the playoffs 2 years in a row and likely will again.

    KC or SD will be in the last spot.

    Baltimore has also had numerous sub .500 seasons under NEwsome.

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 2:01 pm

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    ^^This is what I mean right here. It’s a myth.

    It’s nothing of the sort. They’ve missed the playoffs 2 years in a row and likely will again.

    KC or SD will be in the last spot.

    Baltimore has also had numerous sub .500 seasons under NEwsome.

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    Maybe you just started watching professional football two years ago. He had exactly one sub .500 with Harbaugh and two with Billick since he took over as GM. That’s over 14 seasons. Hardly “numerous” and an enviable stat for any GM. Not every team is lucky enough to play in the pathetic AFC east.

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