Upon Further Review: Flacco edition

October, 25, 2011
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Revisiting the Baltimore Ravens' 12-7 loss at the Jacksonville Jaguars:

Joe Flacco's worst game of the season left a poor impression on a national television audience and increased questions on whether he is a good enough quarterback to lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl.

He threw a season-low 137 yards and was intercepted on the Ravens' final drive. Has Flacco regressed? Can he not handle the pass rush? Why does he lack consistency?

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AP Photo/Phelan M. EbenhackJoe Flacco had a lot to do with Baltimore's loss to Jacksonville.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn't excuse Flacco from the blame, but he refused to put all of it on the shoulders of the four-year starter.

"That's the nature of playing the position," Harbaugh said. "You always get too much credit or too much blame. I guarantee you this week is going to be too much blame. There's no doubt about it. Everybody -- starting with me on down -- had a hand in our offensive performance. Everybody is going to have a hand in straightening this thing out. I know these guys. I know Joe Flacco. I know how we're going to bounce back from this because we've done it before."

The biggest problem for Flacco has been stringing together strong performances. Over the past four weeks, he has followed up a 300-yard passing game with a game that totaled less than 164 yards passing.

Before the Ravens' scoring drive in the fourth quarter Monday, Flacco had 47 yards passing.

Flacco knows the criticism is coming this week.

"Oh, yeah," Flacco said. "What are you going to do? It's not like I pay attention and watch all that stuff, but that's the name of the game in the NFL. It's the name of the game in football. Like John [Harbaugh] said, they look at the quarterback when things are good and things are bad. That's what happens."

The players continue to support Flacco.

“That’s people on the outside,” center Matt Birk said of the criticism. “Everyone here on offense knows it’s everybody. We all stunk.”

STAT THAT STICKS: 70.6 -- Percentage of overthrown completions by Flacco on Monday night, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Since 2008, only Kerry Collins has had a greater percentage of overthrown incompletions (minimum 15 pass attempts). Seven of Flacco’s 12 overthrown passes were targeted for Anquan Boldin.

OVERHEARD: "We don’t need a wake-up call. We’re really not a team that needs that. It’s tough for me to explain, but we have a great group of guys in there. We’re going to rebound like we always do." Flacco after a reporter asked if losing to the Jaguars can have any positive effects.

WHAT'S AHEAD: Flacco and the Ravens (4-2) play host to the Arizona Cardinals (1-5), who have the 28th-ranked pass defense. They give up an average of 274 yards passing per game.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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