2017 Grade: .355
2017 3rd Down: .000
Week 1 at Cincinnati: Baltimore did its best to hide Joe Flacco like the Jaguars did with Bortles. At one point in the third quarter, in a 17-point game, the Ravens ran the ball 12 consecutive plays. The big lead helped, but so did Flacco’s general ineffectiveness. He still has that gun-slinger mentality regardless of how far his accuracy has fallen off in recent years.
Week 2 vs. Cleveland: This was Joe Flacco’s most precise game since his dismantling of the Miami Dolphins last December. His normally shoddy mechanics against the blitz were better, his accuracy was on-point, and he made a number of good decisions/throws on third down. If he can follow that exact blue-print, with that defense, the Ravens are going to be a problem.
Week 3 at Jacksonville (LONDON:) Joe Flacco’s historically bad statistical day wasn’t as dreadful as the box score would lead you to believe. Pass protection and drops were an issue (Flacco’s first interception was a drop that led to a pick.) Still, Flacco’s lazy mechanics and questionable accuracy are a weekly thing.
Week 4 vs. Pittsburgh: Patience has to be wearing thin in Baltimore. The offense has been entirely swallowed up by a black hole and there’s no light at the end of the tunnel – and it starts with Flacco. The lazy mechanics are simply who he is at this point. He doesn’t seem to have any interest in trying to key the defense or go to his hot-reads. Watching him on tape, it looks like his mind is made up before he snaps the football. It leads to egregious interceptions and missed open targets, as seen below.
Week 5 at Oakland: This game was the blueprint John Harbaugh envisioned when the 2017 Ravens were assembled. Joe Flacco got help via a terrific performance from the defense and running game. Flacco was quick and concise, and hit the big play a number of times (including a three-point dime to Wallace – GIF below.) This was Flacco’s best game since he slaughtered the Dolphins last December.
Week 6 vs. Chicago: At least the Bears excuse for Trubisky is his limited experience. Joe Flacco has been in the league for 10 years and the Ravens have to protect him like a rookie. To be fair, the two interceptions he threw were fluke bounces, and while I have trashed Flacco before, his skill players let him down in this game. The GIF below, however, is a microcosm for Flacco’s general lack of interest since his Super Bowl season. He is two yards clear of the line of scrimmage and decides to throw the ball any way.