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Protect Flacco better

Sep 13, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws under pressure from Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) during the second half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 19-13. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

While Flacco did play well last season, 2013 showed that he is just awful under pressure. In order to maximize Flacco’s abilities, it is important that he has time to set his feet and deliver the ball.

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Flacco was under pressure over 60% of the time on Sunday (via PFF), and he showed exactly what he showed in 2013: inability to make plays when he has defenders in his face. But, the question is: how can the protection schemes be tweaked in order to give Flacco more time to throw?

In order to make sure Flacco gets the time he needs, the Ravens will have to recognize obvious blitzes and keep a running back in the backfield to block any linebackers up the middle. Because of this, the tackles and guards will be able to swing more to the outside to cover the edge rushers. Flacco was under pressure so much because he just did not have enough blockers to be able to ensure that he had time to throw the ball.

After seeing the game tape from the Broncos game, the Raiders will definitely look to send the house multiple times to try to create some turnovers. The Ravens have to be ready to step up and use more pass protectors to keep Flacco out of harm’s way.

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