2017 is a make or break year for the Baltimore Ravens. General manager Ozzie Newsome will have had five offseasons to rebuild his football team after winning the Super Bowl. Head coach John Harbaugh might be on the hot seat if Baltimore doesn’t reach the playoffs. It is also a definitive year in the saga of quarterback Joe Flacco’s career.
Flacco is the Eli Manning of the AFC. When the stage is the brightest, Flacco delivers. His Super Bowl run in 2012 made him a very wealthy man. However during the regular season, Flacco has never elevated himself to anything that is slightly above average.
His best skill as a quarterback is his powerful right arm that has elite touch on the deep ball. However, Baltimore’s can stagnate very quickly with Flacco under center when he doesn’t have a reliable running game to lean on.
2016 was a decent year for Flacco. He completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 4,317 yards, 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. After tearing his ACL in 2015, it would have been a solid season back for many quarterbacks, but not for a playoff-hungry Ravens team.
Baltimore should have a good defense this fall. If the running game gets there, Flacco can win the worst division in football in the 2017 AFC North and lead the Ravens to a third Lombardi Trophy. It’s been too long since we’ve seen Playoff Flacco because that dude’s awesome.