Joe Flacco Will Make Pro Bowl For 2017-18 Season

Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens

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Entering his 10th season as starting Quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco is at a fork in the road of his career. Flacco has won a Super bowl and even tied Joe Montana’s elusive playoff record of 11 touchdowns and 0 interceptions that NFL greats like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady haven’t been able to tie or break. Flacco, in the eyes of most NFL pundits and some fans, is not an elite quarterback; in fact, he’s just an average joe.

In evert sport, the great players make multiple all-star teams to help solidify their place in their respective leagues, as well as their expensive contracts. Flacco, during his 9 years in the league, has not been able to make one Pro Bowl, not even a reserve spot. Flacco’s Super bowl win is now in the wind – being 4 years removed from the event, it has been made quite clear that one great postseason run will not cut the mustard anymore in giving Flacco a pass. Flacco must now take his game to another level since Matt Ryan won the NFL MVP in 2016.

Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco have been joined at the hip since they were both drafted in the 2008 NFL Draft. Both were pretty comparable until the Ravens 2012-13 season where Flacco, for the time being, had the performance which all Ravens fans and pundits finally needed to consider him elite.

Joe Flacco

Passing Table
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int%
2008 23 BAL QB 5 16 16 11-5-0 257 428 60.0 2971 14 3.3 12 2.8
2009 24 BAL QB 5 16 16 9-7-0 315 499 63.1 3613 21 4.2 12 2.4
2010 25 BAL QB 5 16 16 12-4-0 306 489 62.6 3622 25 5.1 10 2.0
2011 26 BAL QB 5 16 16 12-4-0 312 542 57.6 3610 20 3.7 12 2.2
2012 27 BAL QB 5 16 16 10-6-0 317 531 59.7 3817 22 4.1 10 1.9
2013 28 BAL QB 5 16 16 8-8-0 362 614 59.0 3912 19 3.1 22 3.6
2014 29 BAL QB 5 16 16 10-6-0 344 554 62.1 3986 27 4.9 12 2.2
2015 30 BAL QB 5 10 10 3-7-0 266 413 64.4 2791 14 3.4 12 2.9
2016 31 BAL QB 5 16 16 8-8-0 436 672 64.9 4317 20 3.0 15 2.2
Care Care 138 138 83-55-0 2915 4742 61.5 32639 182 3.8 117 2.5
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/2/2017.
Matt Ryan
Passing Table
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int%
2008 23 ATL QB 2 16 16 11-5-0 265 434 61.1 3440 16 3.7 11 2.5
2009 24 ATL QB 2 14 14 9-5-0 263 451 58.3 2916 22 4.9 14 3.1
2010* 25 ATL QB 2 16 16 13-3-0 357 571 62.5 3705 28 4.9 9 1.6
2011 26 ATL QB 2 16 16 10-6-0 347 566 61.3 4177 29 5.1 12 2.1
2012* 27 ATL QB 2 16 16 13-3-0 422 615 68.6 4719 32 5.2 14 2.3
2013 28 ATL QB 2 16 16 4-12-0 439 651 67.4 4515 26 4.0 17 2.6
2014* 29 ATL QB 2 16 16 6-10-0 415 628 66.1 4694 28 4.5 14 2.2
2015 30 ATL QB 2 16 16 8-8-0 407 614 66.3 4591 21 3.4 16 2.6
2016*+ 31 ATL QB 2 16 16 11-5-0 373 534 69.9 4944 38 7.1 7 1.3
Care Care 142 142 85-57-0 3288 5064 64.9 37701 240 4.7 114 2.3
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/2/2017.
However, after that postseason, Ryan flipped the switch on his career by beginning to average 4,686 yards from 2013-2016. Flacco, on the other hand, has only averaged 3,751 yards since that time and ranks 12th among active Quarterbacks for passing yards since 2013.
Query Results Table
Game Game Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass
Rk Player From To Draft Tm Lg G GS Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int TD% Int% Rate
1 Drew Brees 2013 2016 2-32 NOR NFL 63 63 1801 2609 69.03 20192 141 55 5.4 2.11 101.1
2 Matt Ryan 2013 2016 1-3 ATL NFL 64 64 1634 2427 67.33 18744 113 54 4.7 2.22 96.6
3 Philip Rivers 2013 2016 1-4 SDG NFL 64 64 1543 2353 65.58 17942 125 63 5.3 2.68 95.1
4 Matthew Stafford 2013 2016 1-1 DET NFL 64 64 1520 2422 62.76 17496 107 54 4.4 2.23 89.9
5 Ben Roethlisberger 2013 2016 1-11 PIT NFL 58 57 1430 2170 65.90 16970 110 52 5.1 2.40 96.5
6 Tom Brady 2013 2016 6-199 NWE NFL 60 60 1446 2266 63.81 16776 122 29 5.4 1.28 98.7
7 Eli Manning 2013 2016 1-1 NYG NFL 64 64 1460 2368 61.66 16691 109 71 4.6 3.00 85.7
8 Aaron Rodgers 2013 2016 1-24 GNB NFL 57 57 1282 1992 64.36 15166 126 26 6.3 1.31 103.1
9 Ryan Tannehill 2013 2016 1-8 MIA NFL 61 61 1371 2153 63.68 15161 94 53 4.4 2.46 88.8
10 Andy Dalton 2013 2016 2-35 CIN NFL 61 61 1291 2016 64.04 15147 95 52 4.7 2.58 91.7
11 Russell Wilson 2013 2016 3-75 SEA NFL 64 64 1224 1888 64.83 15075 101 35 5.3 1.85 99.5
12 Joe Flacco 2013 2016 1-18 RAV NFL 58 58 1408 2253 62.49 15006 80 61 3.6 2.71 82.5
13 Carson Palmer 2013 2016 1-1 CRD NFL 53 53 1209 1930 62.64 14804 96 50 5 2.59 92.0
14 Andrew Luck 2013 2016 1-1 CLT NFL 54 54 1231 2024 60.82 14704 109 50 5.4 2.47 90.7
15 Cam Newton 2013 2016 1-1 CAR NFL 61 60 1120 1926 58.15 13852 96 49 5 2.54 86.5
16 Alex Smith 2013 2016 1-1 KAN NFL 61 61 1246 1931 64.53 13566 76 28 3.9 1.45 92.2
17 Kirk Cousins 2013 2016 4-102 WAS NFL 43 40 992 1508 65.78 11647 68 39 4.5 2.59 93.3
18 Ryan Fitzpatrick 2013 2016 7-250 TOT NFL 53 48 977 1627 60.05 11552 74 52 4.5 3.20 83.6
19 Blake Bortles 2014 2016 1-3 JAX NFL 46 45 1003 1706 58.79 11241 69 51 4 2.99 79.6
20 Derek Carr 2014 2016 2-36 RAI NFL 47 47 1055 1732 60.91 11194 81 31 4.7 1.79 87.9
Rk Player From To Draft Tm Lg G GS Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int TD% Int% Rate
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/2/2017.
Like Matt Ryan, Flacco now has the opportunity to turn his career around entering his 10th season. Steve Bisciotti has made it known that he expects Flacco to play better – given that this is a quarterback driven league, Flacco has to.

2016 was by far Flacco’s best passing season, where he had his first 4,000 yard performance and 20 touchdowns, yet he needed 672 attempts to do it and still finished second in that category with Drew Brees in first. Flacco has shown that he is not an efficient volume passer and needs a scheme which limits his attempts and maximizes his opportunities. In 2017, Flacco should have these tools which are necessary to performing better.

With Marty Mornhinweg returning for his second season as Offensive Coordinator, Mornhinweg will be able to implement an offense in his image rather than Marc Trestman’s. Marty has finished 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, and 12th in total offense in his career and will now have a full off-season to practice and tweak his schemes. Greg Roman was also hired by the Ravens to be the Senior Offensive Assistant/Tight Ends Coach and has a solid track record. Roman coached Vernon Davis in 2013, while with the 49ers, and helped him make the Pro Bowl; he also had top ten rushing attacks while in San Francisco from 2011-2014.

Joe Flacco is at a critical moment in his career where his legacy is on line. With an established Pro Bowl Wide Receiver, seasoned offensive minds and a urgency to win set by the Ravens owner, this will be a do or die season for Flacco. Flacco has shown up in big moments before through his career and with 2017 being the moment all by itself, expect Flacco to take the right path on that road in style.

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