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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had a fine season in 2010, passing for 3,622 yards and 25 touchdowns. He led the Ravens to another playoff win, but he literally caved under pressure in the 31-24 loss to the Steelers in the AFC divisional round. Flacco was sacked five times, lost a fumble and tossed an interception.


We know the Steelers like to blitz. Did other teams take the same aggressive approach against Flacco?


According to Pro Football Focus, Flacco dropped back to pass 618 times in 2010 (including playoffs). On those pass plays, Flacco was blitzed 306 times (49.5 percent). Only Oakland backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski was blitzed more frequently than Flacco. As a comparison, New England’s Tom Brady, the 2010 NFL MVP, ranked 27th on the list as he was blitzed 200 times in 572 passing plays (35 percent).





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Very good article, but it's hard to make any judgments just yet when Flacco was not allowed to audible out of sure fire blitz plays. If the numbers stay the same this year, then I think we'll have to stop making excuses, however I feel that Joe still has growing to do. Regardless, Flacco is 1000 times better than just about any other QB we have ever had........except Boller. lol

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According to Oz, Gaither is still in the Ravens Plans,

Ozzie Newsome was a font of information during an hour-long Town Hall teleconference with Ravens' season-ticket holders Wednesday night. He was more revealing with fans than he has been with media about the direction the team is headed going into 2011.


He said his priorities in free agency once the labor situation is finally resolved are a pass rusher, a backup quarterback behind Joe Flacco, and a fullback.


By omission, that means offensive line is not a target area. And it further supports the team's statements that third-round draft pick Jah Reid will get a shot at starting at right tackle this summer.


But Newsome also didn't rule out Jared Gaither returning -- and starting -- in the offensive line. Depending on what rules the next collective bargaining agreement follows -- four years to free agency or six -- it is possible Gaither might have to return.





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