Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) runs from San Francisco 49ers linebackers NaVorro Bowman (53) and Ahmad Brooks (55) during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Flacco is One of Worst QBs in NFL Against Unblocked Pressure

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was rewarded with a big, fat $100 million contract this offseason after an impressive postseason run that resulted in the Ravens winning Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers.

While Flacco did a great job in the playoffs, there is still an area of his game that he needs to seriously improve.

According to Pro Football Focus, Flacco is one of the two worst quarterbacks in the NFL against unblocked pressure. Here is what PFF said:

Flacco has always looked uncomfortable against unblocked pressure and the numbers back up my inquisitive tweet from last December. As it turns out, he’s second-worst in the league against free rushers as his -15.6 grade ranks just ahead of Ryan Fitzpatrick. Perhaps it’s partially the offensive system focused on throwing the ball down the field or maybe it’s Flacco’s being handcuffed with regard to pre-snap audibles in his early years, but he’s certainly not at his best in the quick game throwing hot routes against unblocked blitzers.

During the plays where unblocked rushers came at Flacco, he had completed only 42.1 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns, six interceptions and a 4.4 yards-per-attempt average.

Ravens fans may not like to hear that analysis of Flacco’s game, but it is the harsh reality.

In order for Flacco to lead the Ravens to another Super Bowl run, he will need to play with more consistency and look for a way to improve his composure whenever the pressure is in his face.

Tags: Baltimore Ravens Joe Flacco

  • joeblow

    Pretty random article you have here Josh. Brianna Garcia (you might know her) turned me on to Baltimore Beatdown where they list a few more Flacco stats. Copied here for your convenience.

    First rookie quarterback to start all sixteen games and make the playoffs.
    First rookie quarterback to win two playoff games
    Most starts by a quarterback in first season: 19
    Most starts by a quarterback in first two seasons: 37
    Most starts by a quarterback in first three seasons: 55
    Most starts by a quarterback in first four seasons: 73
    Most starts by a quarterback in first five seasons: 93
    Most wins by a quarterback in first 80 consecutive starts: 54
    Most combined regular and postseason wins in first three years as a quarterback: 36 (tied with Dan Marino)
    Only quarterback to start and win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons
    Most road playoff wins by a quarterback: 6
    Most touchdowns in a postseason: 11 (tied with Joe Montana and Kurt Warner)
    Most touchdowns without an interception in a postseason: 11 (tied with Joe Montana)
    First quarterback to have a passer rating over 100 in all four games of a single postseason.
    Most consecutive playoff games with three passing touchdowns: 3 (tied with Bernie Kosar, Kurt Warner, and Aaron Rodgers)
    After only five years Flacco already has more road playoff wins than any other QB in the HISTORY of the NFL.

    • joshsanchez

      Those are all great stats, but it doesn’t address the fact that he is one of the worst in the league against unblocked pressure.

      • eklojoe

        Josh Sanchez is one of the the worst writer on the net without any pressure. Watch him sometime instead of pulling these facts out of your ass.

      • joeblow

        Whatever. This is a clown piece, bro.

  • joe smith

    You chose a bad picture.
    Flacco (incredibly) completed this pass to Boldin in the SB, with a beautiful pass to the sideline for a 30 yard gain. Unblocked pressure. Key first down.