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.