Baltimore Ravens: 3 keys to returning to the postseason
1. Joe Flacco returns to pre Super Bowl form:
I am one of the biggest Joe Flacco supporters you will find, especially nowadays. I will always defend him because he brought me my first championship as a Ravens and Baltimore sports fan. But Ever since his amazing 2012 playoff run that led the Ravens to their second Super Bowl title, Flacco has been dismal. In the 5 years since his Super Bowl MVP year and major pay-day, Flacco has led the Ravens to only one postseason appearance while throwing ninety-eight touchdowns to seventy-four interceptions. Now that’s not to say that his years before the Super Bowl were amazing, but he was a lot more consistent.
Some analysts and fans along with myself, believe that Flacco’s poor performance in recent years is not all his fault. With a revolving door of offensive coordinators, a poor set of weapons surrounding, and an up and down defense, Joe has had to play under some shaky circumstances. That’s not to mention the injuries he has faced within the last three seasons. Of course the torn ACL that shortened his 2015 season hindered him the following year as he never looked comfortable running outside the pocket.
In 2017 Joe came into camp with back pains. Even with sitting out that entire preseason, it was easy to see that Joe was rarely comfortable in the pocket until the latter half of the season. But after all of these setbacks and surrounding issues it finally looks as if Joe is 100 percent healthy and has the correct set of weapons around him to possibly have himself a career season.
Plus the selection of Lamar Jackson in this past years draft has seemed to ignite a fire under Joe, which I don’t think anyone is mad about, except for Lamar Jackson Stans. I believe Joe is poised to have a big year and will finally take this team back to the playoffs.
The Ravens seem as if they have all of the correct weapons to return to the playoffs and perhaps wreak havoc once they get there. If everything falls into place and guys can stay healthy, this team has the opportunity to get somewhere they haven’t been in three seasons.