The Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco started the 2016 season off with three straight victories and they seemed like a team who was going to be a force to reckoned with in the AFC this year.
Unfortunately for Baltimore though, that incredible start seems like years ago now.
For the Ravens, who are currently riding a four-game losing streak, they’ve been dismal since that hot start and their offense has been the main problem. In particular, Flacco has played horribly. Through the first seven weeks, he currently holds a horrendous 75.4 quarterback rating and has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns.
That being said, the quarterback clearly has to play better. Even he knows that a turnaround to the season relies on him improving his play.
“I’m obviously not playing good enough,” Flacco said Wednesday after the team’s final practice of the bye week. “We’re not a good offense, and it starts with the quarterback. I got to be better.”
Although Flacco, who is currently the 29th-rated passer in the NFL, has struggled to produce while causing the Raven offense to slip to 25th in the league in scoring, head coach John Harbaugh is still strongly behind the quarterback. He vehemently defended Flacco’s play thus far, redirecting the blame towards other aspects of the team.
“Joe Flacco is the key to our success. So, we need to all do everything in our power that all the things are falling in place for him,” Harbaugh said. “He can play. He can throw it. He can make decisions. He can score touchdowns for us. He can do all the things we need to do. We need to make sure that we give him a chance to do that.”