Baltimore fans are aware that this is a Superbowl team that we have here. The pieces are there, but everything rests upon the shoulders of one man, Quarterback Joe Flacco.
I give Joe all the credit in the world for what he has accomplished in his first two years. However, his play is arguably the reason why neither the 2008 or 2009 team was able to win a Superbowl. In order for Baltimore to get to where they want to be, Joe needs to take the next step. In order for Joe to do this, I feel that he needs to work on a few things. Here are the little mistakes I have seen from our golden child so far this off season.
- Slow 3,5, and 7 step drops. Being 6’6″, it is understandable that you are not going to be the most nimble guy in the world. However, sometimes his drop back just looks like something you would see from a D3 quarterback. Not only does Joe take two wide of steps, but his feet seem to stop when he has found his spot. Look at Peyton Manning, his feet are constantly moving and Joe should take notice of that.
- Pocket awareness is another weakness of Joe’s game. It seems that he can never figure out the right spot to be in when the pressure is coming. What I have noticed is that Joe will flinch when he feels the pressure and sometimes drops his head which all but kills the play. As good as our O-Line is, they will get beat by some of the best pass rushers in the NFL. When this happens, Joe needs to work on finding a new area to plant and throw.
- The last and final flaw in Joe’s game is what gets me so much. This is his bad habit of throwing off his back foot. Man, this is probably the worst thing a QB can do. It makes the ball sail in the air and just begs the secondary to pick it off. Luckily for us, it hasn’t been picked off too much, but give it time and it will. I understand that Joe has maybe the strongest arm in the league, but not stepping into your throws puts an unnecessary amount of arc on the ball. Fixing this problem could literally take Flacco to the next level. You never see Peyton doing this, and if you do see the one foot, falling away throw from Manning, please show. I do not think you will find it though. Joe, if you are reading this, please watch this video over and over again, because you could not have done it any better than this. More, more, more!
For anyone reading this and thinking that I am a Joe Flacco hater, I am not. I just want to see this guy take us to places where the Ravens have never been. It has taken the Ravens too long to find a QB that we can actually rely on to win games for us. I just don’t want to screw that up by not fixing the smallest errors. If Joe can work on some of the things stated above, there is no reason this guy can’t win a few Superbowls.