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I am not under any delusions about him, a strip sack is not only a QB's responsibility. I think people are too down on him as well as some who are too up on him. You're never as good or as bad as people say.
He played well enough to win, but the team had major inconsistencies on both sides of the ball. Too bipolar for my tastes.
The line is only responsible for the sack. Sacks are a fact of life in football, they are just going to happen. It's the quarterbacks responsibility to either throw the ball away, or tuck it and take the loss, depending on the situation. Turnovers happen, they can't all be avoided, but the two today were avoidable. In a close, well played game, turnover differential is the key to winning or losing. The Ravens lost the turnover battle, 2-1, and lost the game.
Flacco is a flawed quarterback, not a bad one. He is good enough to win games, but at times plays very poor situational football. He will turn the ball over at bad times, he will take unnecessary sacks, and he is not always the most accurate quarterback. I'd still take him over about 2/3 of the current QB's in the NFL.
Last edited by Kaiten; December 09, 2012 at 11:41 PM.
I think the entire coaching staff has an issue with situational football, and it's been this way to varying degrees since Harbaugh has been here. It is usually something that occurs on offense, but this year, due to a variety of reasons, it's happening on defense too. We had changes in personnel, but not enough that it should factor to this degree. The injuries have been key as well though, this is as injured a Ravens defense as I can remember. I'm not one of these types that bashes the hell out of playcalling but I think we got away from the running game for no reason. You guys weren't stopping Rice or Pierce for the most part. A bit more success stopping the run by bother teams in the second half though.
That was a great game though, and your rookies impressed. I was more impressed with Alfred Morris though. If he fixes that fumbling problem he should be a top-tier back in the league for some years. I always like a running style like this as well. RG3 has got to do something about his feet though, he's relying too much on muscle for his throws.
Griffin played well, but I would not call this one of his best games. He's actually better when he stays in the pocket, less effective throwing on the run. He was under more pressure today than I can remember him being in all season. He threw a lot of ball today, more than usual. This was also one of the few games he completed less than 60% of his passes. The Ravens played him better than any team this season, except maybe Pittsburgh.
Morris has been a beast this year, he's a real bulldozer. Typical Shanny late round discovery. I'm not worried about fumbles, they've only been a problem the last three games.
The NFC East is pretty interesting. The idea that the Cowboys are still alive is a bit nuts. I have no idea what the schedule is like for the remainder of the year, but I could see the Redskins at least being a Wildcard team. The other maybe coming out of the North since it seems none of those teams know what they're up to this year.