Joe Flacco Has Been Put In Tough Spots Since Super Bowl
Joe Flacco is well payed. He is possibly the most polarizing player in the history of Baltimore sports. Flacco is far from perfect. The being said, the Ravens continuously put him in tight spots.
Joe Flacco had what is arguably the best playoff run a quarterback has ever had in the 2012 season. After throwing 11 touchdowns and no interceptions as he beat Peyton Manning’s Broncos and Tom Brady’s Patriots and being crowned the Super Bowl MVP, Flacco got a big time contract. From that point on there was a ton of pressure on number 5’s shoulders.
The 2013 Ravens season was one of the most frustrating years the Ravens ever had. It was an up and down year. Every time you thought they’d find their old magic, the Ravens fell right back down. The 2013 Ravens had very little around their highly paid quarterback.
The Ravens traded Anqaun Boldin, taking away the Ravens go to play-maker. This made Torrey Smith the number one receiver, a role that he did not thrive in. Without Dennis Pitta, Flacco was in trouble. Gino Gradkowski failed to replace Matt Birk at center. A.Q. Shipley was playing just as horribly as Gradkowski, right next to him. Flacco threw for 19 touchdowns and 22 interceptions and his contract was the topic that wouldn’t die on sports radio.
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It’s easy to look at Flacco’s $120.6 million deal and blame his contract for the lack of talent around him. The problem with this ever so exhausted cry from Flacco’s loud critics, is that his cap number wasn’t a hindrance in the first two years of the new contract. Flacco was not the reason that a Super Bowl team had star players stripped away.