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Flacco: Critics talk about him in 'two extremes'

Posted on: November 12, 2011 10:19 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 10:20 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco really can't win. Not football games -- he wins lots of those (he's 38-18 in three and a half years). But in terms of the way fans and the media perceive Flacco, well, he's perpetually fluctuating between "about to make the jump" and "like crap."

Wait, that second one was him. But whatever, the point remains. The criticism of Flacco is like a rollercoaster. And Flacco doesn't really understand why.

"The thing that cracks me up is that one minute they’re talking about you as possibly being elite, and the next second they want to beat you up for not even being good," Flacco said earlier this week, via Ryan Mink of the team's official website. "It’s two extremes. It’s never that he’s a damn good quarterback."

Much like Tony Romo, Flacco seems to understand his critics. Of course, he doesn't seem to understand that his production this season warrants an up-and-down analysis; Flacco is gunning for three-straight 300-yard games, but he's been anything but consistent this season.

Flacco's got four 300-yard games this season, but he's also three games under 200 yards passing (the Ravens are 1-2 in those games). He's been tremendous at times (notably against the Steelers twice) and he's been absolutely terrible at times (against the Jets and Jaguars). Flacco's got the lowest completion percentage -- 54.7 -- and his yards per attempt -- 6.64 -- of his career.

To put that in perspective, Flacco ranks lower than Rex Grossman in both of those categories.

That's the primary reason why I picked the Seahawks to win on Sunday -- if Ray Rice can't get going against a stingy Seahawks defense, then it'll be all on Flacco to win, on the west coast, coming off an emotional victory and with the division-rival Bengals staring them down the week after.

In other words, it's a classic trap game. Which also means it's a game the Ravens should win, handily. But Baltimore's been in these spots before -- namely against Jacksonville on Monday night just a few weeks ago.

And even if they're the favorite to win the AFC midway through the season (they are), the Ravens need to look like an elite team when they play mediocre competition.

In order for that to happen, Flacco will continue proving his critics wrong.

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Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:53 am

Flacco: Critics talk about him in 'two extremes'

Joe missed a deep, open Torrey Smith twice by overthrowing him then underthrowing him.  He was off on a couple short passes.  Of course, so was Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

If the game wasn't heavily-slanted toward the Seahawks by David Reed twice fumbling away kickoffs and getting another moved half the distance to a goal by a personal foul, as well as the Seahawks being fortunate to never turn the ball over, Flacco's shortcomings wouldn't be so noticable.

The week before against the Steelers, when Torrey Smith, Ray Rice, and Anquan Boldin ALL dropped passes on the last drive and before Smith held on to the TD pass, I said that the next day's media stories would say Flacco can't win the big one when he'd done everything possible to do so.  If Smith hadn't caught that last one, we'd have been reading this story last week.

It's not all on Flacco.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:40 am

Flacco: Critics talk about him in 'two extremes'


Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:15 am

Flacco: Critics talk about him in 'two extremes'

Flacco managed the game. Nothing more than what Dilfer did the year of the super bowl. Take away the two fumbles on kick offs that turned onto 6 points and we win 17 to 16. Reid could have just taken a knee on both of them. Lets place the fault on the correct shoulders please.

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:11 am

Flacco: Critics talk about him in 'two extremes'

deezy- good point

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 11:02 pm

Flacco: Critics talk about him in 'two extremes'

LMFAO just the way steelers would have took him down an the ratbirds without refs 2 inf calls lol. Ref saw inf last call but not see the guy catch the ball was spotting ball out on 4 yrd line lol hows that possible.By the way took Seattle an got my new pool in Philippines thank you Flunko.

Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 7:54 pm

Flacco: Critics talk about him in 'two extremes'

In review, this was very good insight to the game.  Rice was not a factor, he only had 5 rushes, and the team only had 7.  I am not so sure that this was Flacco's fault, you have to put that on the play calling for not giving Rice the ball.  How you you have one of the top RB's in the league and NOT use him?  At least he did have 8 receptions, but he couds have and should have been used more.  Flacco's performance was nothing to write home about, 52 pass attempts with only 29 completions for 255 yards and 1 TD and 1 interception, mediocre at best.  Every player has bad days, but Flacco seems to be more than that, just perpetual inconsistency.  Again, play calling has something to do with it, if you show no threat of running the ball, then your passing game is bound to suffer.

In regards to the poster that said the Steelers fans blame the refs for losing to the Ravens last week, I will say that I do not agree.  I rarely think about officiating unless something is blatant or someone else brings it up.  I think the Steelers lost because the Ravens executed on that final drive and because the Steelers went into the stupid and dreaded prevent defense, they should have stuck with the same defensive plan they had used throughout the game.  The winner between the Bengals and Ravens will move into a tie with the Steelers, with the tiebreakers going to the Ravens and the Steelers, but round 2 with the Bengals will come up quickly.

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 7:36 pm

Flacco: Critics talk about him in 'two extremes'

Perhaps if Joe Flacco were more consistent in his performances, sports writers would be more consistent in their evaluation of him.

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 12:51 pm

Flacco: Critics talk about him in 'two extremes'

The only critics that Flacco has are idiotic Steeler fans. They make supid remarks of how Flacco has never beaten them with Ben under center, and how he's never beaten them at home with Ben under center. Well I believe that has been handled.......and both this year with Flacco's drumming of them on opening day in Baltimore and then last week with his 92 yard under 3 minute drive in come from behind fashion.

I think the critics have been silenced since most Steeler fans are now blaming the refs for last weeks loss.

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2011 12:44 pm

Flacco: Critics talk about him in 'two extremes'

Brinson is a idiot......Get some vision!!!

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 12:15 pm

Flacco: Critics talk about him in 'two extremes'

     Go ahed and pick Seattle and look stupid, Brinson.  Ravens aren't about to look bad again like in Jax.  They will stomp a mudhole in the Seahawks.

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