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Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens attempted to remove the handcuffs on Flacco last season after having him direct a run-heavy attack as a rookie.





Given more opportunities to pass, Flacco and the offense got off to a strong start. The unit tallied 30 or more points in five of the team's first seven games. Flacco posted three 300-yard passing games during that stretch to go with 12 touchdowns and was among the highest-rated passers at that point of the season.


However, the Ravens struggled when allowing Flacco to pass 30 or more times (3-6 in those contests), and re-evaluated their approach with the playoffs on the line.


Instead of relying on Flacco, the Ravens returned to the grind-it-out approach that they employed during his rookie season. Ray Rice took on a bigger role and Baltimore relied on his game-breaking abilities to propel it into the postseason.


Though it would appear that the change was a reflection of Flacco's ability, it should instead be regarded as confirmation that the Ravens didn't possess the requisite weapons to allow him to thrive.


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