Joe Flacco has had his major struggles this season. He is already one interception away from his career-high with 11, and we are only nine games into the season. He only has one more touchdown throw than he does interceptions and has struggled to get anything going this season.
Who is to blame for all of this? The Baltimore Ravens organization. Flacco is a guy that needs stability and continuity at the skill positions, especially along the offensive line. The Ravens, for some inexplicable reason, traded Flacco’s security blanket and the man he relies on on third down in Anquan Boldin for a measly sixth-round draft choice.
It was certainly one of the more curious decisions of the offseason. To add insult to injury, Flacco’s other major security blanket Dennis Pitta went down with an injury. The Ravens decided to replace him with a washed-up Dallas Clark at tight end — not exactly the ideal replacement for a young, upstart tight end.
Last but not least, we get to the offensive line. Flacco has been battered and beaten this year. The major reason? There is no chemistry among this group. Only two people are back from last year, and they are Michael Oher and Marshal Yanda at right tackle and right guard. Everyone else is new to their position. This has been a huge problem all year.
The Ravens went out and traded Boldin and had the Pitta injury, and failed to replace either of them. They are relying on veterans in the twilight of their career like Clark and an undrafted free agent in Marlon Brown to replace the likes of Pitta and Boldin. It is certainly not the right approach.
Flacco is the type of quarterback who can’t do it all on his own and needs weapons to help him succeed. The Ravens have failed in this area, and it is what will lead to their demise this season.