As the second quarterback picked in the 2008 draft (Ryan was first) Flacco was not originally slated to start immediately. Kyle Boller, the Ravens’ starter at the time, landed on injured reserve and backup Troy Smith fell ill with Lemierre’s syndrome. That gave Flacco the starting job for Week 1 of the 2008 season.
He hasn’t looked back since.
Flacco and the Ravens have gone 37-18 in the regular season and have won four playoff games since.
On the all-time list of most touchdown passes in the first three years of a career, Flacco is right behind Matt Ryan.
He’s also thrown the second-fewest interceptions among QBs in their first three years (Jeff Garcia is first, but he was 29 in his first NFL season).
This Season’s Struggles
If you combine his Week 1 and 3 performances, you’ll find some impressive numbers (306.5 yards per game, 6 touchdowns, no interceptions, a 108.8 rating.)
The problem is the Ravens have played five other games, and they haven’t exactly been pretty for Flacco. He’s averaged 230 yards, tossed only two touchdowns to six interceptions and posted a 61.4 rating in those games.
Will He Fix It?
It really doesn’t look like Flacco has gotten into a comfort zone this year.
It could be that his receiving corps consists of four new players and free agent Lee Evans has missed the last five games. It could also be that his offensive line has experienced a lot of moving and shaking as well. Stud left guard Ben Grubbs has missed the last six games and the line has a new left tackle in Bryant McKinnie.
It’s no surprise Flacco is on pace for his third-straight 35-plus sack season.
Still, I think Flacco will get back on track. He’s never been one to get rattled by a bad performance. Flacco has gotten better in each of his three seasons in nearly every passing statistic.