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    The thing that is holding Flacco back....



    It may be Cam Cameron, but let's forget about Cam for one second and talk about Flacco's pocket presence and elusiveness and ability to avoid sacks (or lack of).

    Flacco did a good job of this in his rookie year, he seemed a lot more mobile, and could escape pressure or make plays with his legs. Since then, he just looks like a statue out there. He is more of an athlete than people give him credit for, once he gets running, he's off. He isn't Roethlisberger, but he is certainly capable of avoiding pressure more than he does right now. If he could step up in the pocket more often, or get away from sacks, I think his statistics would look better, and he'd complete more passes down field. He could give more time for Torrey to get open down field too.

    I believe Flacco has all the tools to break out of the "good" category, and emerge into the "elite" category, but I believe if it's ever going to happen, he's going to have to improve this aspect of his game.




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    Re: The thing that is holding Flacco back....

    Hard to step up in the pocket when your C is getting pushed back into your lap every down. Just saying. And a undersized Gino isn't the answer either.




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    Re: The thing that is holding Flacco back....

    Quote Originally Posted by JustaslowZ06 View Post
    Hard to step up in the pocket when your C is getting pushed back into your lap every down. Just saying. And a undersized Gino isn't the answer either.
    This could be more of a long term or next season type move, but I've been talking about Yanda moving to C, with KO moving inside to right guard and keep Jah Reid at left guard. Then draft either a left tackle in the draft which would move Oher to RT, or draft a pure RT and keep Oher on the left side. A lot of variables.




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    Re: The thing that is holding Flacco back....

    The majority off the sacks yesterday were under three seconds, ko didn't even get a hand on the guy on the sacks he gave up. Nothing a quarterback can do there




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    Re: The thing that is holding Flacco back....

    Quote Originally Posted by arnie_uk View Post
    The majority off the sacks yesterday were under three seconds, ko didn't even get a hand on the guy on the sacks he gave up. Nothing a quarterback can do there
    Jen has been putting up with that crap since 2008 and always finds a way out of it.




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    Re: The thing that is holding Flacco back....

    Gino Gradkowski seems like the heir apparent to the throne of center. Matt Birk has been bullied this year; I think a mauler at center is needed, and Gino fills that role.




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    Re: The thing that is holding Flacco back....

    Quote Originally Posted by leachisabeast View Post
    This could be more of a long term or next season type move, but I've been talking about Yanda moving to C, with KO moving inside to right guard and keep Jah Reid at left guard. Then draft either a left tackle in the draft which would move Oher to RT, or draft a pure RT and keep Oher on the left side. A lot of variables.
    Mobility needs to be emphasized in the OS for sure. Joe can move...we've all seen it.

    WRT the OL, what we need is a solid duo or trio to rely on. Left side, right or middle, I don't care, but right now we don't have two or three adjacent guys that we can count on to blow open a hole, stuff a blitz or seal on a roll-out. I think it will take two additions to get there, b/c like others I don't think Gino is the answer quite yet at C, and both of our T's are weak. I would certainly like us to experiment with Jah-Yanda-KO on the interior during camp and PS.




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    Re: The thing that is holding Flacco back....

    Quote Originally Posted by itsernst View Post
    Gino Gradkowski seems like the heir apparent to the throne of center. Matt Birk has been bullied this year; I think a mauler at center is needed, and Gino fills that role.
    Gino is undersized. Just saying. And yes I know what he's listed at, but just looking on TV he doesn't look that big, certainly no 300+ pounds.

    Edit: Think he needs a good 10-15 pounds of muscle to make it in our division, and who we play, esp the likes of Wilforks ad Co... Certainly doable in the offseason if he works at it.
    Last edited by JustaslowZ06; 11-26-2012 at 05:15 PM.




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    Re: The thing that is holding Flacco back....

    Maybe nothing is holding Flacco back? People still keep talking about some higher threshold that Flacco will reach once he fixes various other issues. Why not consider that he is in his fifth season and this is his ceiling? He is an above average QB who can win any football game but doesn't take the game over just by showing up. So he is not Brady or Manning but more like Rivers, Schaub, and Ryan. Seems simpler than coming up with a million external explanations.




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    Re: The thing that is holding Flacco back....

    Quote Originally Posted by JustaslowZ06 View Post
    Hard to step up in the pocket when your C is getting pushed back into your lap every down. Just saying. And a undersized Gino isn't the answer either.
    This. Flacco's pocket presence has been pretty much continuously improving over the last few years. People USED to complain that he got happy feet and didn't take enough time to go through his progressions. Now they complain that he doesn't run around enough. I swear, Troy Smith must still have a lot of relatives around this town...

    Quote Originally Posted by arnie_uk View Post
    The majority off the sacks yesterday were under three seconds, ko didn't even get a hand on the guy on the sacks he gave up. Nothing a quarterback can do there
    And this. /thread




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    Re: The thing that is holding Flacco back....

    Problem isn't the sacks, generally, it's the timing of them. Roethlisberger takes more sacks but is masterful in 3rd and long situations. Flacco is not. We get into 2nd and 10+ I kind of assume the drive is over immediately, which is ironic for the 4th and 29 huge play yesterday lol.




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    Re: The thing that is holding Flacco back....

    I agree he is closing in on his ability ceiling. Although as we often see he can make all the passes when the game is on the line, but can be awful when it isn't.

    Wold love to see a qb rating of his for drives where 'the game is on the line'. We often have big drops that tend to end a season which says it isnt on him so much.
    That said yesterday throwing a check down 30 yards short of the first down wasn't a great play, altho obv it worked out.




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