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    Re: Joe 'Manned Up'



    Quote Originally Posted by redmike34 View Post
    I can't be arsed to go look through all these threads and pull out examples for you. All I know is, some people around here think a Schaub-type contract is FAR too little, whereas I think it's the baseline. YMMV.
    That's fine.

    You're putting words in my mouth. Never have I said that Flacco does not contribute at all to the success of the Ravens. I just believe that the proportion which he contributes is decidedly smaller than some others around here seem to believe. Some seem to think he's entirely responsible by himself for the team's success. I beg to differ.

    No, I'm not putting words in your mouth. You've blamed Flacco for losses. That you give him some small credit for wins isn't exactly at the same level as blaming him for the losses. Those wins and losses, in truth, were on the team as a whole. Flacco doesn't throw to himself. He doesn't block for himself. He's not lead-blocking for Rice, Pierce, or Leach. He's not playing defense. In every game the Ravens have played, the entire team was part of the outcome. The loss to the Redskins was certainly hurt by his turnovers, but if Reed and Johnson play their position instead of gambling on a big play, we still win.


    I don't play fantasy football... so in answer to your question, no. Well, irrespective of anything else, if Flacco outplayed Brady in the AFCCG by some twisted logic that I can't fathom, then I fail to see how Charlie Batch didn't outplay him while not only posting a better passer rating but also winning the game. Since I did watch the game, and therefore watched Flacco throw a ridiculous pick that he should have thrown OOB, and also watched him hold onto a ball far too long while Harrison was coming, and I just KNEW what was going to happen next... yeah. I doubt you watched the game if you thought Flacco played better.
    Sure, you knew what was going to happen. Where were the receivers? What the was play called? Did he have anyone to throw it to?

    This would be the same QB who has been criticized for getting "happy feet," a "deer in the headlights" look, throwing it away too quickly, and checking down to Rice too often. Christ, there were even idiots criticizing him for checking down to Rice on the 4th and 29 when no one else was open.

    He's been operating under a playcalling schema that on nearly every pass play only has routes that take time to develop. The receivers, with the exception of Boldin, aren't great route-runners, and it's not like the offensive coaching made it a priority to improve that (or so it looks on the field). If he doesn't hold onto the football, he never makes a completion this year. When you watch the games- as you say you do (or, at least, did- let me not put words in your mouth)- have you seen that?

    If so, what's your criticism again?

    Upthread someone laid out the analysis comparing Flacco to Brady in that game- the passes with Ample Time and Space (ATS), completion percentage, etc. As far as what both of them could control, Flacco played better than Brady. He performed better under a heavier pass rush. Brady made a beautiful pass to Webb, for instance. He threw another pick as well. That Tom Brady sucked isn't just my opinion, it was his. Flacco, OTOH, was 22 of 36 for 306 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. As far as *his* end of the passing went, he threw three touchdowns. Lee Evans begged to differ.

    It was probably the best postseason performance of his career, and he didn't despite Wilfork abusing the middle of his o-line the entire game.

    As for Batch: watch that fourth quarter. Batch has ample time and wide-open receivers to hit. On the sack-fumble, there's no one open. Rice is cutting across in front of the linebackers, and every receiver is covered while Flacco looks downfield. Harrison blew up Oher on that play: it's not like Flacco held it an unusual amount of time.

    The score could have been worse. Batch overthrew a wide-open Wallace in the end zone, and underthrew another receiver (maybe Wallace again) that Reed picked off.

    Batch outplayed Flacco only by a standard you obviously only use to denigrate Flacco.




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    Quote Originally Posted by wickedsolo View Post


    Convenient to leave out the context of that quote.

    You forgot the part where he says he thinks everyone should think that way.
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  3. #147

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    Quote Originally Posted by bacchys View Post
    No, I'm not putting words in your mouth. You've blamed Flacco for losses. That you give him some small credit for wins isn't exactly at the same level as blaming him for the losses. Those wins and losses, in truth, were on the team as a whole. Flacco doesn't throw to himself. He doesn't block for himself. He's not lead-blocking for Rice, Pierce, or Leach. He's not playing defense. In every game the Ravens have played, the entire team was part of the outcome. The loss to the Redskins was certainly hurt by his turnovers, but if Reed and Johnson play their position instead of gambling on a big play, we still win.
    Sure I've blamed Flacco for some losses. Not all. I wouldn't say he's the reason they lost the AFCCG--he did play well in that game, even if I disagree that he "outplayed Brady." I'd say he bears some amount of the blame in all three recent losses, mainly all due to turnovers. Could other elements have stepped up and done more? Sure, particularly in the Pit and Was games. But did they do enough to win without his turnovers? In the Pit game maybe not, but in the Was game? Almost certainly.

    In any event, again, he's the effing QB. He's the only skill position player who touches the ball on every snap. That means he gets the lion's share of credit when the offense does well, and the lion's share of blame when it doesn't. It's the nature of the beast. I'm not holding Flacco to a standard any different that what Sanchez is held to. Or what Brady is held to. Maybe it's not fair, but it's the way it is.

    Quote Originally Posted by bacchys View Post
    Sure, you knew what was going to happen. Where were the receivers? What the was play called? Did he have anyone to throw it to?
    I don't know. What we do know for sure is that he held onto the ball for longer than the situation dictated he should and that he fumbled because of it. We also know that the same thing has happened two other times this year (that I can think of off the top of my head--@ Philly, @ Was). Irrespective of what the play call was, what whoever else on the field was doing, do you expect me to believe that those were the best attainable outcomes on those plays? Since it has continued to happen, instead of being fixed, do you expect me to believe that he's improving in some way?

    Quote Originally Posted by bacchys View Post
    This would be the same QB who has been criticized for getting "happy feet," a "deer in the headlights" look, throwing it away too quickly, and checking down to Rice too often. Christ, there were even idiots criticizing him for checking down to Rice on the 4th and 29 when no one else was open.
    Not me.

    Quote Originally Posted by bacchys View Post
    He's been operating under a playcalling schema that on nearly every pass play only has routes that take time to develop. The receivers, with the exception of Boldin, aren't great route-runners, and it's not like the offensive coaching made it a priority to improve that (or so it looks on the field). If he doesn't hold onto the football, he never makes a completion this year. When you watch the games- as you say you do (or, at least, did- let me not put words in your mouth)- have you seen that?

    If so, what's your criticism again?
    Ah, I see. It's the "Joe is a helpless victim of circumstance" argument. Well, that might work for rookies... but in 5th year QBs expecting paydays? You'll forgive me if I expect him to be able to take what he's given and do his best with it. Considering that his best only seems to pop up occasionally, and mysteriously not when he's playing on the road (Ryan actually has a better QB rating on the road than at home this year, and among the better franchises in the league, Flacco is the only one with such a wide disparity in home vs. road performance)... you'll just have to excuse me for not believing that it's ALL somebody else's fault.

    Quote Originally Posted by bacchys View Post
    Upthread someone laid out the analysis comparing Flacco to Brady in that game- the passes with Ample Time and Space (ATS), completion percentage, etc. As far as what both of them could control, Flacco played better than Brady. He performed better under a heavier pass rush. Brady made a beautiful pass to Webb, for instance. He threw another pick as well. That Tom Brady sucked isn't just my opinion, it was his. Flacco, OTOH, was 22 of 36 for 306 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. As far as *his* end of the passing went, he threw three touchdowns. Lee Evans begged to differ.

    It was probably the best postseason performance of his career, and he didn't despite Wilfork abusing the middle of his o-line the entire game.
    Dude... it doesn't matter. It wasn't enough to win. Brady did enough to win, even if he sucked by his own admission. This is like a boxer saying oh, I won every round until I got knocked out. Well, guess what? Getting knocked out trumps all those rounds you won.

    Quote Originally Posted by bacchys View Post
    As for Batch: watch that fourth quarter. Batch has ample time and wide-open receivers to hit. On the sack-fumble, there's no one open. Rice is cutting across in front of the linebackers, and every receiver is covered while Flacco looks downfield. Harrison blew up Oher on that play: it's not like Flacco held it an unusual amount of time.

    The score could have been worse. Batch overthrew a wide-open Wallace in the end zone, and underthrew another receiver (maybe Wallace again) that Reed picked off.

    Batch outplayed Flacco only by a standard you obviously only use to denigrate Flacco.
    Again... what did the scoreboard say at the end? And Flacco outplayed Batch? If you're going to give QBs credit for wins, they have to get credit for losses too. Point is, the Ravens didn't outplay the Steelers that day, period. That includes the fact that the Ravens QB didn't outplay the Steelers QB... whoever it may have been.




  4. #148

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    Quote Originally Posted by wickedsolo View Post
    Prove it.

    Teams have been offering ludicrous contracts to QB's who have proven nothing for years. Just look at the NFL draft.

    Not only did the Cardinals give up draft picks for Kevin Kolb, but then they paid him a contract with a value of $65 million over 5 years...or roughly 13 mill/year on average. Are you REALLY willing to claim that Kolb was worth 13 mill per year...but Flacco is not?
    Pretty sure Kolb got a 6-year deal for a bit less than $64M. And he only got $12M guaranteed in a backloaded structure making it nowhere near the risky investment we are talking about with Flacco. Plus, much like the Vick deal, once a deal is established as terrible, then it becomes much harder to use it as an example another team will repeat or rely on.

    It really comes down to whether the Ravens or Joe or we think he should be paid like the SB-winning QBs or whether he should be paid a bit below them (and above Kolb, Cassel, etc). Vick's deal was terrible, and Rivers' deal was large but came off of an absolutely monster season (so did Big Ben's).




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    Quote Originally Posted by redmike34 View Post
    Sure I've blamed Flacco for some losses. Not all. I wouldn't say he's the reason they lost the AFCCG--he did play well in that game, even if I disagree that he "outplayed Brady." I'd say he bears some amount of the blame in all three recent losses, mainly all due to turnovers. Could other elements have stepped up and done more? Sure, particularly in the Pit and Was games. But did they do enough to win without his turnovers? In the Pit game maybe not, but in the Was game? Almost certainly.

    In any event, again, he's the effing QB. He's the only skill position player who touches the ball on every snap. That means he gets the lion's share of credit when the offense does well, and the lion's share of blame when it doesn't. It's the nature of the beast. I'm not holding Flacco to a standard any different that what Sanchez is held to. Or what Brady is held to. Maybe it's not fair, but it's the way it is.
    You don't give him the lion's share of the credit when they win. You only assign the lion's share to him when they lose.

    By your standard, Flacco is best regular season QB of the last four+ years, but you don't give him that credit, do you? He's won more games over his first four seasons than anyone else, and he won more games his first four seasons than any QB in the history of the league. That, by your standard, would make him The Elite QB. But, you don't apply your standard in any way that might benefit Flacco, do you?

    I don't know. What we do know for sure is that he held onto the ball for longer than the situation dictated he should and that he fumbled because of it. We also know that the same thing has happened two other times this year (that I can think of off the top of my head--@ Philly, @ Was). Irrespective of what the play call was, what whoever else on the field was doing, do you expect me to believe that those were the best attainable outcomes on those plays? Since it has continued to happen, instead of being fixed, do you expect me to believe that he's improving in some way?
    You can watch the play at NFL.com. He's sacked in less than three seconds, and probably closer to two than three. There's no one open. Only Rice isn't streaking down the field past 10 yards, and he's bracketed by two linebackers. Somewhere around here is a Flacco thread with an analysis of "Road Joe" versus "Home Joe," and the breakdown is basically that Flacco shows more patience (holds the damn ball) at home than he does on the road. That's what Cameron's playcalling required. But that's Flacco's fault, I'm sure.

    While it's only two games (and only one where it was effective early enough to continue), so it's hard to say Caldwell is really going to deviate from CamBall, if he does it has been fixed. We're actually seeing hot routes available to Flacco when there's a blitz, and the pass plays called have a mix of deep and quick routes that give him the option to get rid of the ball quickly.

    Ah, I see. It's the "Joe is a helpless victim of circumstance" argument. Well, that might work for rookies... but in 5th year QBs expecting paydays? You'll forgive me if I expect him to be able to take what he's given and do his best with it. Considering that his best only seems to pop up occasionally, and mysteriously not when he's playing on the road (Ryan actually has a better QB rating on the road than at home this year, and among the better franchises in the league, Flacco is the only one with such a wide disparity in home vs. road performance)... you'll just have to excuse me for not believing that it's ALL somebody else's fault.
    If I give you a bag of loose shit, you ain't carving Michaelangelo's David with it. But you expect Flacco to do that. It's not "all somebody else's fault," but the offensive schema and the playcalling aren't on Flacco.

    I was at the Houston playoff game last year. The second offensive play for the Ravens, Flacco dropped a perfect pass onto Smith's hands up the right sideline. Smith dropped it. The fat woman next to me howled, "Oh no! There goes Flacco again."

    What's the difference between you and her?

    Again... what did the scoreboard say at the end? And Flacco outplayed Batch? If you're going to give QBs credit for wins, they have to get credit for losses too. Point is, the Ravens didn't outplay the Steelers that day, period. That includes the fact that the Ravens QB didn't outplay the Steelers QB... whoever it may have been.
    If that's the standard, Flacco's outplayed the other QB in far more games than not over his career. He outplayed Brady in '09 in New England when he went 4 for 10. Somehow, I don't see you touting his performance in that game. Flacco won more games over his first four years in the league than any other QB won during those same four years. But, obviously, that's a convenient standard, not a real one.




  7. #151

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haloti92 View Post
    Pretty sure Kolb got a 6-year deal for a bit less than $64M. And he only got $12M guaranteed in a backloaded structure making it nowhere near the risky investment we are talking about with Flacco. Plus, much like the Vick deal, once a deal is established as terrible, then it becomes much harder to use it as an example another team will repeat or rely on.

    It really comes down to whether the Ravens or Joe or we think he should be paid like the SB-winning QBs or whether he should be paid a bit below them (and above Kolb, Cassel, etc). Vick's deal was terrible, and Rivers' deal was large but came off of an absolutely monster season (so did Big Ben's).
    Give Flacco a backloaded deal and you guys will be bitching about how it pinches the cap in the out years.




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    Quote Originally Posted by bacchys View Post
    Give Flacco a backloaded deal and you guys will be bitching about how it pinches the cap in the out years.
    The 'Cancel' button was the correct choice after typing that, not the 'Post Quick Reply' button.




  9. #153

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    Hey bacchys--the difference between our posts is that I'm telling you what I think, and you're telling me what I think. I don't really see the point in carrying on that conversation. I'll just leave it with the sentiment that whatever happens, I hope it's the best thing for the Ravens.




  10. #154

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmike34 View Post
    Hey bacchys--the difference between our posts is that I'm telling you what I think, and you're telling me what I think. I don't really see the point in carrying on that conversation. I'll just leave it with the sentiment that whatever happens, I hope it's the best thing for the Ravens.
    All I've done is point out the sliding standard you've been articulating.

    If they win, Flacco gets some small credit. If they lose, it's Flacco's fault because he's the QB.

    We do agree that, whatever happens, let's hope it's the best thing for the Ravens. I trust Ozzie won't break the team to pay Flacco.




  11. #155

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    Quote Originally Posted by bacchys View Post
    All I've done is point out the sliding standard you've been articulating.

    If they win, Flacco gets some small credit. If they lose, it's Flacco's fault because he's the QB.

    We do agree that, whatever happens, let's hope it's the best thing for the Ravens. I trust Ozzie won't break the team to pay Flacco.
    No, you're just showcasing either a) my inability to articulate my thoughts, or b) your inability to understand my thoughts. At this point, don't know which it is, and don't care. Peace.




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