Last edited by revischrist; 02-06-2013 at 02:38 PM.
In 1984 only 3 QBs threw for 4k yards and the guy in 4th place had 3500 yards (something more than half the NFL QBs did this past year). in 1985 only one QB threw for 4k yards (Marino). To compare the two eras is just ignorant.
Joe has got upside, get em' for all they got Joe.
Flacco's a good, not great or elite, Quarterback who's going to get a hefty sum of money because of the circumstances of the last two months. He'll be paid as a Top 3 QB, but in two or three years his contract will reflect what he really is: a top 10, not top 5, QB. Plain and simple. Market value for someone coming off a VERY impressive five game stretch, when you include the last real Regular Season game for Baltimore, the Giants.
Not sure what all the fuss is about. The Ravens knew they were running a risk when they let him play out his contract and reach FA. Flacco has hit the mother load and the Ravens will have to overpay. That is what happens with FA.
The bigger issue is that I think this is going to make it harder for them to keep their young core on offense together. I can see this being Rice's last year b.c his salary and the emergence of Pierce. Kruger and Reed are likely gone on defense but they have to pay Ellerby.
What is worse. Paying Flacco $18MM or paying Sanchez $12.8MM??? Kind of gives things a different perspective, doesn't it.
The Ravens rolled the dice and lost on this one. The solace is that they lost this battle by virtue of winning a Super Bowl. Now they have to pay a premium price for having a top 10 QB. Sie la vie.
JMO, tagging him at $14.7m is more trouble than its worth, from a variety of standpoints. They'll get a long term deal done before the season. The lower tag # is just daring him to go shopping.
To think that Flacco went 18th overall and we chose Gholston at #6. Not to mention that this was the year we signed Favre and had no long term answer at QB. The following year we were forced to trade up for Sanchez. What were we thinking?
So if Flacco gets his big payday maybe McKinnie and some of those other guys, along with Boldin and Jones who totally bailed Flacco out repeatedly, will walk if they can't get paid too. See how 'elite' you are when you're surrounded by them, Flacco.Instead of just plugging in Bobbie Williams into Reid's spot, the Ravens moved right tackle Kelechi Osemele to left guard, shifted left tackle Michael Oher to the right side and put Bryant McKinnie in at left tackle. Baltimore has used this offensive line combination on every snap in the postseason after not using this lineup for one snap in the regular season.
The reshuffling has certainly paid off for the Ravens. Quarterback Joe Flacco has been sacked only four times on 99 dropbacks (one sack every 24.8 dropbacks) in the playoffs. That's much improved than getting sacked once every 16.3 dropbacks in the regular season.
"You’re really rolling the dice, switching guys around like that," right guard Marshal Yanda said. "You’re in the playoffs, so if something goes wrong or you have a bad game, we’re done and we’re not here right now. Those guys did a really good job of not missing a beat. That just speaks well to how good of players they are."
The key to the success of the offensive line has been left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who was almost not on the Ravens this year. Just before the regular season, McKinnie posted on Twitter that he had been released by the Ravens. But, after taking a $1 million pay cut, he remained with the team in a reserve role all regular season.
McKinnie, 33, has looked strong and fresh this postseason, allowing just one sack. Now, he'll go against 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, who had 19.5 sacks in his first 13 games this season but none in his last five.