The Baltimore Ravens offense hasn’t gotten off to a very shaky start, and much of that can be attributed to the struggles of their $100 million quarterback and reigning Sup Bowl MVP, Joe Flacco. Regarded as one of, if not the NFL’s best deep-ball thrower, Flacco has struggled to find any consistency throwing the dee-ball this year, and ESPN Stats and info highlighted how painfully obvious it’s been:
Joe Flacco is 2-for-13 on throws of more than 20 yards downfield this season. He was 13-for-26 on those throws last postseason
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 16, 2013
Not all of the blame can be shouldered on Flacco though, as he’s been without his Pro bowl tight end in Dennis Pitta, and Ed Dickson has shown he’s not a reliable target, at least while he recovers from a hamstring tear he suffered during the preseason.
If Marlon Brown and Torrey Smith can continue to improve and shoulder more of the offensive load, Flacco will eventually begin to find his deep-ball accuracy again. But if running back Ray Rice is out for a significant amount of time after suffering a hip-flexor Sunday, it’s only going to get harder for Flacco.