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  1. #16
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    Re: Sophomore Slump" for Flacco?? Not likely.



    Quote Originally Posted by Dade View Post
    I dont remember anyone calling it specifily a sophomore slump before this off season.
    http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2007/12/15/c...phomore-slump/

    http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/e...839124/9533975

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/3...ophomore-slump

    http://football.realgm.com/src_teama...ay_buccaneers/

    That's just from the front page of Google, all predate this off season.
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  2. #17

    Re: Sophomore Slump" for Flacco?? Not likely.





  3. #18

    Re: Sophomore Slump" for Flacco?? Not likely.

    So maybe it is more than just superstition, but maybe not. Plenty of players are up and down due to a huge number of factors, but for the most part Qbs improve in the second year starting.

    Even the QBs that turned out to be busts or disapointments improved inthe second year starting, but most of the Qbs on the list did not evn play that much or at all as rookies and the soph slump data is from maybe year 3 or 4 in the NFL but the 2nd as the starter.

    some blog that did some research;
    http://dh523.wordpress.com/2009/08/0...homore-season/

    Byron Leftwich
    - Year 1 QB Rating: 73.0
    - Year 2 QB Rating: 82.2 (+9.2)

    Eli Manning
    - Year 1 QB Rating: 75.9
    - Year 2 QB Rating: 77.0 (+1.1)

    Peyton Manning
    - Year 1 QB Rating: 71.2
    - Year 2 QB Rating: 90.7 (+19.5)

    Dan Marino
    - Year 1 QB Rating: 96.0
    - Year 2 QB Rating: 108.9 (+12.9)

    Donovan McNabb
    - Year 1 QB Rating: 77.8
    - Year 2 QB Rating: 84.3 (+6.5)

    Steve McNair
    - Year 1 QB Rating: 70.4
    - Year 2 QB Rating: 80.1 (+9.7)


    Sure any player may take a step back the next season, but it is not like it is a thing that Qbs struggle in year 2 because the FNL has tape on them now.

    Boogie man and lazy reporting. The Ravens tend to have a bad year followed by a good followed by a bad, so there you go. The only reasonable reason the Ravens would struggle is if the passing game is worse (than 28th?) because the run game, O line and even TEs and Wrs are relativly established as reliable.







  4. #19
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    Re: Sophomore Slump" for Flacco?? Not likely.





  5. #20

    Re: Sophomore Slump" for Flacco?? Not likely.

    Quote Originally Posted by RavensDomination View Post
    It's funny how Matt Ryan had a weak performance in the playoffs against a pathetic defense and yet all they keep talking about how Flacco is gonna be the one with the sophomore slump.
    Nothing new, the Ravens can't get any respect in the media. Flacco did a great job and is the only rookie in NFL history to win 2 playoff games but Matt Ryan is the man or something. The Raven D made Sanchez wanna curl up and cry the other night but all the analysts wanna say is how he battled back through adversity and got a touchdown, not mentioning that it was mostly the 2nd team D and that that ENTIRE drive belonged to Leon Washington. Its a little ridiculous and I'm frustrated with it but its part of being a Ravens fan.




  6. #21

    Re: Sophomore Slump" for Flacco?? Not likely.

    This thread should have just been titled, "The World Hates Baltimore" and got it over with.

    I could care less what "THEY" say about Joe Flacco or any other Raven.

    THEY've been wrong many times in the past and will likely be wrong about Flack this year.

    I would really be disillusioned if Joe wet the bed this season, as, based on his previous performance, he should show significant improvement from last season.

    UNLEASH THE BEASTS!!!!




  7. #22

    Re: Sophomore Slump" for Flacco?? Not likely.

    Like I said.

    Not likely.




  8. Re: Sophomore Slump" for Flacco?? Not likely.

    If what we just saw out of Flacco is considered a "Sophomore Slump", I'll take it every day of the week and definitely twice on Sundays.

    That right there was one of the best halves of QB play by a Raven QB we've seen in a lonnnnggggg time!!

    That throw to Kelly Washington was a thing of beauty!!
    Will Die A Ravens Fan!!




  9. #24

    Re: Sophomore Slump" for Flacco?? Not likely.

    The thing is he makes it look so easy,even Sandusky or maybe it was White commented on it during the game.

    I mean that deep ball down the sideline to Washington?? Could not have walked it out and handed it to him in a better position. He dropped that thing right in there like it was a 5 yd comeback route. Just tossed it in there like it was nothing.

    This kid is a star.....period.

    Give him just a second to scan the field in the pocket and he throws one of the most beautiful balls I have ever seen and is accurate to boot.




  10. #25

    Re: Sophomore Slump" for Flacco?? Not likely.

    He needs a goddamned receiver. If we can get him someone great and back him up with someone mediocre we'll be a top ten passing offense in this league...

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  11. #26

    Re: Sophomore Slump" for Flacco?? Not likely.

    Quote Originally Posted by psuasskicker View Post
    He needs a goddamned receiver. If we can get him someone great and back him up with someone mediocre we'll be a top ten passing offense in this league...

    - C -
    No kidding! If he had a big play guy we'd be freaking deadly.

    But my goodness is Joe Flacco a freaking machine! I just got home and quick-played the game DVR'd. I don't know what was more impressive to me. Yeah, he spead the ball around tonight, and that was great.

    But he didn't throw a SINGLE bad ball tonight. 5 incompletions and I can't think of any one of them where you thought "Joe, why did you throw that?". The incomplete to McClain was under pressure and no one else was getting to it. The incomplete to Mason was because Gamble had a fist full of facemask.

    I'd say if I picked a nit on it, the ball Heap dropped WAS a little off, but it was still was a ball that Heap could have brought in.

    This kid is just special.




  12. #27
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    Re: Sophomore Slump" for Flacco?? Not likely.

    Special indeed. Like I said before he has the POTENTIAL to be one of the all time greats.




  13. #28

    Re: Sophomore Slump" for Flacco?? Not likely.

    We do need a "deep-threat" guy, but I will say this; Joe Flacco is making the receivers we have look like stars too. Washington and Mason have been getting just enough separation to look like the deep-threat that we have been pining for. I do think that if Washington was paying attention, he may have been able to cut back in and get a few extra yards before steping out of bounds. But if that is all that I have to complain about from that long reception, that is not a bad position to be in.
    I'm normally not a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me Superman!




  14. #29
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    Re: Sophomore Slump" for Flacco?? Not likely.

    I think our respect and coverage from the media will increase significantly this year as Flacco's value in fantasy football goes up.

    While I think our offense production will go up significantly due to 1) O-line 2) Flacco and 3) Ray Rice's best imitation of Westbrook, one more receiver would really make a difference. Hope the FO is able to deliver something in the next 3-4 weeks.

    That being said, what a great change of pace to see screen passes to Rice and Flacco throwing in the middle of the field this year.

    This seasons is going to be fun!!!




  15. #30

    Wink Re: Sophomore Slump" for Flacco?? Not likely.

    Quote Originally Posted by psuasskicker View Post
    He needs a goddamned receiver.
    and


    Quote Originally Posted by StingerNLG View Post
    No kidding! If he had a big play guy we'd be freaking deadly.


    Geez, don't you guys ever give up? Flacco was on a pace for perhaps 300-400 yards passing last light, even with Clayton out.

    Our receivers are adequate to do the job .... give it a rest!
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