Is QB Joe Flacco Being Positioned as Ravens' Fall Guy?
An unnamed source has stated that the Ravens' organization is concerned about Flacco's development because he appears to be progressing slowly, according to the host of "The Herd", Colin Cowherd, of ESPN Radio. Normally, when Cowherd states that a reliable source has told him something, it's turns out to be true. If this is true, the Ravens should be flagged and penalized for misconduct for making up an excuse if they don't win it all.
Flacco is just in his third year as a starting quarterback in the NFL. Countless quarterbacks have failed horribly since the beginning of the league and for Flacco to be successful this early in his career with subpar talent around him in the passing game prior to this season, truly shows how good he is now and great he could become.
It's understandable that Flacco still is adjusting to his new wide receiver corps at this point of the season. Flacco was OK when it was just pass catchers Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason and Todd Heap because they had time to develop during the offseason. Then the Ravens added T.J. Houshmandzadeh, another great veteran, at the beginning of the season. Flacco will really go crazy when wide receiver Donte Stallworth joins the lineup in a few weeks.
Flacco didn't make the call to do a quarterback sneak on third-and-1 when the Ravens have running back LeRon McClain to get the tough yards nor was it his decision to have McClain on the sideline late in the fourth quarter of their overtime loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday. And if Flacco checks down to running back Ray Rice too often before going through his progressions, at least he's not making stupid decisions with the ball.
"Everyone is killing Cam Cameron, everyone is killing John Harbaugh," said Cowherd. "Have you noticed how unhappy T.J. Houshmandzadeh is? That's because there are very few plays for the Ravens where he's the No. 1 option, and Flacco can't get to him with his progressions. He bails to Ray Rice, and it's a lack of an ability to go to (option) two, three, four.
"Watch his hips. Coaches are noticing it. The word is out. I'm just telling you what I've been told by someone who is a great source for me."
If this information is true, the Ravens should be ashamed of themselves. Flacco will learn to read his progressions sooner rather than later. This situation will get ugly and if the Ravens don't win the Super Bowl or better yet, get to the championship game, their excuse is already in place.