Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco expects the Ravens’ offense to be much more productive in 2014 compared to last season when they struggled badly due to injuries and the loss of players they could no longer afford due to the monstrous and arguably overinflated contract the organization gave to Flacco.
Flacco had a horrible season in which his passing rating was just 73.1 with 22 interceptions and 19 touchdowns. The Ravens gave Flacco a huge 6-year, $126 million contract after he led the team to a Super Bowl win in the 2012 season.
The move was a bizarre one because Flacco had been a mediocre quarterback since he was drafted in 2008. Even in 2012, Flacco was inconsistent until the last part of the season when he suddenly got hot and took the Ravens the rest of the way to a Super Bowl win.
“I expect our offense to be a lot better,” Flacco said to Ravens website. “We haven’t performed up to our standards, statistically. This offense is going to be pretty tough to handle. We’ve got a lot of weapons and we’ve got a lot of tough guys. I expect us to be up there at the top of the league. There’s no doubt about it. We have a great team.”
I think Flacco shouldn’t kid himself about thinking the Ravens have a great team. They don’t. They’re missing a high quality quarterback that plays in a consistent manner; they need receivers, running backs, offensive line help and major help on defense. The team badly needs help, and I can’t see them doing any better than finishing 8-8 this season, if that.
“Our defense is revved up just like always. Our offense has a ton of weapons, some new guys. We’re working on a new offense, but I think everybody is really confident with it. Believe me, I’ve been a part of some good teams, obviously, and we’re just as good as ever.”
I think the Ravens would do well to start thinking about drafting another quarterback and dumping Flacco’s huge contract as soon as they can. They would have been better off letting Flacco go, and drafting a good rookie quarterback that they wouldn’t have to pay much for the first 4-5 years of the contract. With the money that the Ravens could free up by dumping Flacco, they could get some high quality players and get a good quarterback that doesn’t just throw jump balls like Flacco does.