But the running back should not be one of the leading receivers on the team. If he is getting checked down to all the time it means everyone else is covered more than they should be. And there will be a time when teams will key in on that.
Tell you all what. Since it seems like a crime against humanity, and against the rules of the forum these days to have concerns, I will keep my concerns to myself. If Kelley Washington becomes this star receiver that is our guy, I will be very happy. It won't be Justin Harper since he played no snaps with 1st team. So he's out. Clayton, who knows what he'll do or how long he'll even last on the field. So all eyes are on Kelley now.
Let's see if me, and half the rest of the people watching and writing about the Ravens are wrong.
Btw, not that it isn't relevant, but great game Joe!!!
I am absolutely stoked that Flacco is looking Rice way a lot more. He is a weapon like Westbrook. Would you rather Flacco try to force it into a small open window downfield b/c he needs to throw it to the wideouts more? Or instead, dump it off to Rice who picks up 10 yds and 1st down? Many teams drop their LBs deep in coverage so those windows to throw to an open receiver are very small and quickly close. How do you force those LBs to have to move up closer to the LOS in the passing game.. the RB pass out of the backfield. Teams are now going to have to respect the Rice dump off pass and as a result, this will open up the WR passes downfield.
Pittsburgh D is not rocket science... They rush 4-5 guys, get great pressure on the QB, and the rest drop into a nice zone. A quick dump off to Rice will negate the pass rush and force Farrior, Timmons, Clark, or Troy up closer to the LOS. First of all, I like the prospects of Rice in space against any of those except for maybe Polamula. Getting them to respect that threat of the Rice pass, will open up the pass downfield. Jeez if we can somehow get a Steeler CB 1 on 1, we will toast them b/c they are not that good. The Steelers D scheme makes those CBs look a lot better than what they really are.
Good O Coordinators know how to orchestrate a gameplan to attack Ds but they need a QB to make the correct reads to make those plays successful. Flacco is growing leaps and bounds in this aspect of his development.
Joe even said after the game that they were dropping the LBs into coverage so he took the quick short stuff. That later help set up the longer passes.
I was watching the Giants/Jets preseason game earlier today. To me, Joe Flacco looks every bit as good as Eli Manning did in his game. And if Hakim Nicks doesn't turn out to be as good a receiver as Plaxico was, Eli's gonna have a tough year.
I gotat stick up for Stinger...he has been here a long time and I have no doubt about his "fanhood" so to speak.
I don't see anything wrong with his opinions, or anybody else's for that matter.
Hell, you spent the entire offseason telling us you were the only one who was right about how we should have drafted a WR in the draft.
JW spent the entire offseason trying to convince us to trade away our future for Julius Peppers lol (we love ya J-Dub).
But calling us the lowest scum of the earth (steeler fan) is completely uncalled for :ref:
I'll take a mod warning for saying this gladly.
Thanks RIW. How quickly he forgets his own crap. This dude isn't worth the time of day.
Stinger was a Boller supporter, maybe he is a Stealer troll? :D Seriously though, I was a Boller supporter too :grbac:
I respect Stingers opinion, a lot of fans feel the same way.
Thats uncalled for. You cant just go around calling people trolls from pitt. I might not agree with Sting all the time but he bleeds purple and black.
Get over yourself man. If I didn't post in your thread its a good chance no one else would have.
Ignore list grows by +1.
I think one of the major issues with Joe Flacco is "choking" in key games....and at key times.......he's definitely gotten better.........but he needs to CHILL OUT and maintain the Joe Cool way of playing......I'm sure that having better receivers (or people he can trust more to catch his throws) will help him relax more........in those key moments. I watched the heartbreaking (and COMPLETELY preventable, imho) loss to the Steelers in January..........4 different players made fatal errors. Rice fumbled, Flacco threw a couple of deep-but-off duds, Boldin didn't catch an easy throw and Housh dropped a TD pass at the end.
I can definitely see the value in having reliable people to throw to/people who can rescue occasional poor throws........Peyton Manning for example. 2009 season.....he was BRILLIANT. 2010.......all those injuries to key Colts.......it really showed in his performance. He even looked troubled at times.....(ya know.......the look on a player's face when he thinks.......oh s**t what should I do?)
I trust in Joe Flacco.
I also wouldn't mind seeing Flacco run a bit more......with the ball. If Rice is blocked.....and short pass is not an option.....on 4th and short.....(4-5 yards) depending on how far behind the line of scrimmage he goes to make a throw.....
Michael Vick does that.....successfully. It's cool watching him make a rushing TD....
I'm not saying Flacco should try doing THAT.........but just enough to get us first down, if no other options are available on 3rd or 4th and short.