Keys to Flacco's continued success

Keys to Flacco's continued success

There are 36 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Sep 9, 2008, titled Keys to Flacco's continued success. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Joe Flacco made his first start for the Ravens on Sunday and delivered a victory.

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edward keller

United States

#1 Sep 9, 2008
Excuse me, there were 5 (FIVE) balls that should have been caught. Add that to his Q. back ratings and he goes to about #5.
Bruce

United States

#2 Sep 9, 2008
Come on Hemsley, give me a break. Like the man above me said, Flacco overthrew MAYBE two times that I can recall. The other times it was all on the wide receivers and the tight ends that couldn't pull the ball in and kept dropping it. How about his fast reaction when he was supposed to hand off to the RB, realized the RB was going to get pummeled, then made the snap decision to run the ball himself. THAT was damned impressive. so I disagree with you on the things he did wrong because I saw nothing wrong with the exception of a few overthrows.
Dan

United States

#3 Sep 9, 2008
I think this is a very fair, balanced, and insightful article. Interesting, yet short and to the point. Well done Jamison!
KyleProBoller7

United States

#4 Sep 9, 2008
I'll be curious to see how Flacco does when Cam lets him go downfield a bit. He looked good in a very reined in offense, but the true test will come when we see how he can deliver the ball on the big downfield throws. He had one shot at that on Sunday an badly underthrew that ball.
GHT

Portland, OR

#5 Sep 9, 2008
absolutely loved the fact that Flacco got in and out of the huddle and to the line quickly. We could barely get the plays off last year. This up tempo is very important. so cool he went to the no huddle offense as well. He didn't get flustered.
Bruce

United States

#6 Sep 9, 2008
Not getting flustered is going to be his key to success this year, and many more years to come. To me, that has always been the separator between a good and great QB. How well can they do under pressure? His calmness for his first NFL game is almost eerie.

Since: Jan 08

Ruffs Dale, PA

#7 Sep 9, 2008
I think Big Joe play one heck of a game and for his QBR should of been much higher than it was ...He's threw 3 bad passes.
KWR

AOL

#8 Sep 9, 2008
I hope Heap and company are making catches this week before the game on Sunday, Way to many dropped passes that were right on the money.
KyleProBoller7

United States

#9 Sep 9, 2008
KWR wrote:
I hope Heap and company are making catches this week before the game on Sunday, Way to many dropped passes that were right on the money.
Heap and company will be staying on the line and blocking the Texans pass rush. Hope no one is thinking we can run a 3 or 4 receiver set with the extra blockers we're going to need against Mario Williams and company.
Ace

The Plains, VA

#10 Sep 9, 2008
Well, the Texans let Willie Parker have a field day on Sunday. So our Cerberus should be salivating for the chance.

mike- nottingham

Baltimore, MD

#11 Sep 9, 2008
Bruce wrote:
Come on Hemsley, give me a break. Like the man above me said, Flacco overthrew MAYBE two times that I can recall. The other times it was all on the wide receivers and the tight ends that couldn't pull the ball in and kept dropping it. How about his fast reaction when he was supposed to hand off to the RB, realized the RB was going to get pummeled, then made the snap decision to run the ball himself. THAT was damned impressive. so I disagree with you on the things he did wrong because I saw nothing wrong with the exception of a few overthrows.
He won't give Flacco a break because Flacco will keep his Chosen one, Troy Smith, from being the first string QB. That simple. I am waiting for any comment from him about Ed Reed and the pinched nerve in his neck that was supposedly the reason he missed so much of training camp. Didn't want to take a chance of permanent spine injury according to Mr. Jamison. Understandable if that problem really was that serious and not just a BS reason not to practice. Reed certainly did not seem to have a problem with it this past Sunday, played a hell of a game.
DMM

Glen Burnie, MD

#12 Sep 9, 2008
Dan wrote:
I think this is a very fair, balanced, and insightful article. Interesting, yet short and to the point. Well done Jamison!
Ain't it GRAND when family writes in! LOL
phil

Hyattsville, MD

#13 Sep 9, 2008
BirdLand wrote:
I think Big Joe play one heck of a game and for his QBR should of been much higher than it was ...He's threw 3 bad passes.
Agree. To watch this guy in person is really quite a treat. Like yourself, I only counted 2 - 3 bad passes. The rest of his passes were throwaways when noone was open, drops, or passes thrown that maybe should have been caught, but that were strategically positioned so that the defender could not make a play. What was staggering was the number of passes that were absolutely precise, and his calm demeanor when the pocket collapsed. Not many QB's ever look like this guy, irrespective if they win or lose. Who ever heard of a QB calling a naked bootleg audible, or blocking downfield to spring a huge play? Or, how does he instinctively know to step up in the pocket,or look away two of his receivers, and then hit the third one on the run?

Believe me, this guy can be truly special. He has all the tools.
Maui Guy

San Clemente, CA

#14 Sep 9, 2008
I'm with Phil. I see this kid as a major talent. And, not that it matters, but extremely likable in his interview too. Like Jimmy Stewart in a Capra movie. "I thought I heard em calling my name and I thought,'Why would they do that?'" And his description of the bootleg..."I'm thinking first down, first down, first down, and then OMG there's nobody out there. I might get into the end zone." Self effacing, lovable, and talented. Man, what a refreshing guy to root for. So much better than most of these self- aggrandizing blowhards.

Keep this great kid safe. That's my only worry.
GHT

Portland, OR

#15 Sep 9, 2008
phil wrote:
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Agree. To watch this guy in person is really quite a treat. Like yourself, I only counted 2 - 3 bad passes. The rest of his passes were throwaways when noone was open, drops, or passes thrown that maybe should have been caught, but that were strategically positioned so that the defender could not make a play. What was staggering was the number of passes that were absolutely precise, and his calm demeanor when the pocket collapsed. Not many QB's ever look like this guy, irrespective if they win or lose. Who ever heard of a QB calling a naked bootleg audible, or blocking downfield to spring a huge play? Or, how does he instinctively know to step up in the pocket,or look away two of his receivers, and then hit the third one on the run?
Believe me, this guy can be truly special. He has all the tools.
He's obviously had excellent coaching along the way and knows the fundamentals. I'll bet he does as he is told, says yes sir and no sir and doesn't stay out late at the bars. He is smart enough to know there is plenty of time for that in the offseason. If only Leinart had that kind of focus. I remmeber everyone clammoring for Leinart 2 years ago. Thanks God we didn't have a higher pick that year.
Mr Football

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#16 Sep 9, 2008
I don't remember the pass to Clayton being underthrown. It looked to be right on that money and the DBack just had great coverage and made a great play to knock it away. Take away the 5 drops and he's over 225 yds passing with at least one TD and a 68% completion %.
Mr Football

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#17 Sep 9, 2008
Let's all email Peter King of CNNSI and tell him what a tool he is. He made a comment in his Monday Morning QB Tuesday Edition stating that Flacco was shaky and that Smith should start when he's healthy. Peter, you can't write an article about a players performance when you just look at the box score. Clearly he didn't watch the game.
GHT

Portland, OR

#18 Sep 9, 2008
Mr Football wrote:
Let's all email Peter King of CNNSI and tell him what a tool he is. He made a comment in his Monday Morning QB Tuesday Edition stating that Flacco was shaky and that Smith should start when he's healthy. Peter, you can't write an article about a players performance when you just look at the box score. Clearly he didn't watch the game.
You gotta be kidding me?? He did??!!!! I don't even listen to half the talking heads who oooze such confidence like they know it all. I hate Collinsworth so much. Smith start?? Thtas the funniest thing I've heard in a while. it's not even a controversy any longer.
Joshua Radice

Virginia Beach, VA

#19 Sep 9, 2008
KyleProBoller7 wrote:
I'll be curious to see how Flacco does when Cam lets him go downfield a bit. He looked good in a very reined in offense, but the true test will come when we see how he can deliver the ball on the big downfield throws. He had one shot at that on Sunday an badly underthrew that ball.
Badly underthrew?! It was between the numbers and only a fingertip swat away by the DB kept is out of his hands. To hear you talk about it, you'd think the WR had to swat away an interception.
GHT

Portland, OR

#20 Sep 9, 2008
Mr Football wrote:
Let's all email Peter King of CNNSI and tell him what a tool he is. He made a comment in his Monday Morning QB Tuesday Edition stating that Flacco was shaky and that Smith should start when he's healthy. Peter, you can't write an article about a players performance when you just look at the box score. Clearly he didn't watch the game.
he also got his start at the Cincinnati Enquirer. Probably a Bengal homer and he graduated from Ohio State U which explains his love affair with Troy Smith. He's transparent.

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