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Flacco and offensive play calling in Week 3

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Flacco started the game where he left off in Philly last week: FLAT. It was a horrific start to the game. The INT aside, he wasn't getting anything done.

Things changed in the second quarter and he looked like the Joe Cool we all know and love. The play calling was better, not perfect, this week. It's amazing what a balanced game plan will do (50/50ish run and pass).

Joe had a good stat line tonight, more importantly the last drive of the game for the WIN.

Overall I was impressed. Thoughts?
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This time the receivers made plays. Rather than not get separation, Torrey and Jacoby went up for the ball. That was huge for us.
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I still have problems with the route concepts Cam uses and think that most of our issues stem from that on offense. But tonight proved that using a balanced plan of attack is the best way to go, like I said in the game thread we need to follow the example of the Texans. They can do pretty much anything (and play defense which is something we can't do right now) and that makes them hard to defend and dangerous.

The offense wasn't great tonight, but it was pretty good and Flacco had a great night after a shaky start. It's hard to knock a guy with his stat line. He drove us down the field again, and I always like to watch that. Even without that PI call he was looking sharp on that drive.
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Play calling was questionable at times. Some times it worked well and others it didn't. That's how it works though. We played a good ball team today. Joe played a great game. Torrey played the best game of his career. Offensive line was overall good. Holes were there in the run game, and pass pro was generally okay. Yanda got called for holding twice, but the first one was bullcrap. Anyone know how many sacks we allowed? Rice played his but off. Leach was outstanding other than his drop. Great offensive game, but there is room for improvement.
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Our offense actually made adjustments at halftime!!

Torrey, Jacoby and Rice balled out today.
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He was flat out horrific in 1st quarter. Great in 4th quarter. The momentum shifted as soon as harbaugh realized running game was working. We started mixing a heavy load of running game and they worked. Soon as Flacco got warmed up, he made good bombs here and there. But overall he was EXTREMELY frustrating to watch. He couldve been easily picked off on so many occasion, and the no-huddle failed miserably.

I give him slack for not backing down and playing agressive to throw major bombs to torrey and jones, but for most part he was struggling vs. a motivated (yet very flawed) patriots defense.

Its clear to me.. that this team is made to run. No run exclusively, but mix in a heavier dose of run to compliment Flacco. We can't have a 1-dimensional passing exclusive game.

We cannot play like this on offense and expect a win. Its a suicide.
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Whenever Joe read cover 2 they ran the ball because NE couldn't stop the run with 7. Whenever they stacked the box he passed to good effect. It doesn't get much simpler than that.

Oh yeah, and Joe outplayed Brady for the second straight game ;)
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[quote name='The Raven' timestamp='1348460369' post='1164396']
Play calling was questionable at times. Some times it worked well and others it didn't. That's how it works though. We played a good ball team today. Joe played a great game. Torrey played the best game of his career. Offensive line was overall good. Holes were there in the run game, and pass pro was generally okay. Yanda got called for holding twice, but the first one was bullcrap. Anyone know how many sacks we allowed? Rice played his but off. Leach was outstanding other than his drop. Great offensive game, but there is room for improvement.
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No doubt there were some questionable play calls here and there. No doubt we failed to execute a play here and there. Still, Joe had over 300 yds passing, Rice had 100 on the ground. So the room for improvement line did give me a chuckle. Only because usually we're happy if our offense just stays out of the defense's way lol
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The start of the game we were dealing with man press once again and receivers were struggling to get open and he of course forced it to Pitta. He was flat. The offense was flat. But they actually made in game adjustments (my biggest frustration with our offense) and marched down the field. We need this consistently.
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Flacco was great. The offense was fantastic, over 500 yards and 31 points is why we won this game. The call to go for it on 4th and 1 was awful, but other than that the play-calling was pretty good. Ray RIce was excellent like usual and allowed us to have a balanced attack and successful PA.
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I have to say Jacoby is making a lot of doubters shut up. He has been more important to our offense than Boldin.
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That field goal to win it gave me a mini heart attack. Everyone in the room jaws dropped and put their hands on their heads.
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So I just wanted to make sure everyone knew that in the past two consecutive games we've played, Joe has statistically outplayed Tom, hands down. Right now I'm thinking that's awesome.
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i thought the 1st quarter was never going to end. i never saw any ravens receivers get any sort of seperation whatsoever. our offense couldn't have just come to life after a quarter like that. there had to be some sort of adjustments for their later success and thank god we did. when we adjust we succeed. Jacoby Jones - thanks for stepping up bigtime for our offense. We need you! you deserve some credit these past weeks.
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The key is balance and hoping no one gets hurt. Cam can't scheme around an injury the way McDaniels did tonight for the Pats. Hernandez was injured so they went back to running three wide, and for the most part it worked. But if the offense plays like it did tonight it won't be a hindrance to winning games. I'm more worried about the defense, which is a really odd feeling.
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[quote name='raybaby' timestamp='1348462680' post='1164646']
I have to say Jacoby is making a lot of doubters shut up. He has been more important to our offense than Boldin.
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Yep, I am officialy an idiot. Don't judge a book bye his cover
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i think cams biggest problem is trying to get the big play downfield on every play. the key to our offense is momentum and when we strung together completions, our offense was ticking. take the 5-7 yard plays when you can and the big plays will open up later not vice versa.
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[quote name='raybaby' timestamp='1348462680' post='1164646']
I have to say Jacoby is making a lot of doubters shut up. He has been more important to our offense than Boldin.
[/quote]I'm calling it now. We cut Boldin at the end of the season. Sign Jacoby to a long-term deal. And play Tandon Doss in the slot.
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[quote name='rlh445' timestamp='1348462968' post='1164671']
So I just wanted to make sure everyone knew that in the past two consecutive games we've played, Joe has statistically outplayed Tom, hands down. Right now I'm thinking that's awesome.
[/quote]I KNOW I'll be tuning in at 10am to watch Skip Bayless eat some crow tomorrow morning. I also know that somehow he'll weasel out of giving the Ravens a compliment.
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[quote name='RavensWin09' timestamp='1348463938' post='1164742']
i think cams biggest problem is trying to get the big play downfield on every play. the key to our offense is momentum and when we strung together completions, our offense was ticking. take the 5-7 yard plays when you can and the big plays will open up later not vice versa.
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The only routes the receivers on the outside run are go routes, with an occasional 10-15 yard post mixed in. It's incredibly frustrating because you can't bank on that all the time.
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[quote name='BMORElegacy' timestamp='1348464644' post='1164792']
I KNOW I'll be tuning in at 10am to watch Skip Bayless eat some crow tomorrow morning. I also know that somehow he'll weasel out of giving the Ravens a compliment.
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he'll argue that the field goal wasn't good lol
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Okay I checked his twitter and it's worse than I thought.... he literally sounds like an irrational Patriots fan.... oh wait.
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[quote name='raybaby' timestamp='1348465463' post='1164827']
he'll argue that the field goal wasn't good lol
[/quote]The fact remains that Joe outplayed his love Brady for a second game. It'll be interesting to see how the conversation plays out tomorrow. I'm hoping Stephen A. Smith goes for the jugular!!
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[quote name='raybaby' timestamp='1348465650' post='1164833']
Okay I checked his twitter and it's worse than I thought.... he literally sounds like an irrational Patriots fan.... oh wait.
[/quote]Skip's twitter? HAHAHA please post them. I hate twitter so I don't go there.
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[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
New England still somehow leads the Baltimore Referees 13-0 after four straight home-cooked calls.

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
There's only one reason I hope Baltimore wins: Torrey Smith. And only one way: He catches the winning TD pass.

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
Are the Patriots going to give Flacco enough time to sign autographs for the replacement refs before he looks for another open receiver?

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
Did little Danny Woodhead just run it down the throat of Ray Lewis' D or did I just nod off and dream that?

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
Phantom hold on McCourty again saves Ravens. Baltimore Replacement Refs strike again.

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
That was flat-out hold on LWebb and should've been called. Harbaugh was trying to intimidate the refs then argued he was trying to call time

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
I'm not so sure that was pass interference on McCourty, who grabbed Jones as the ball hit his hands.

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
My first-look gut-feeling: THAT FIELD GOAL WAS OUTSIDE THE UPRIGHT -- NO GOOD!

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
Various replay angles indicated the FG attempt went OVER the upright but would that replacement ref have guts to call no good in Balt? NO.

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
In the end, the difference in the game was that the Ravens had the guts to blitz late and the Patriots just sat back and let Flacco throw.

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
Did Ray Lewis play much tonight? I just saw him make one tackle - of Rob Gronkowski.
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Flacco did much better this week. Better pocket presence, just a couple of bad tosses but no one is perfect. Did anyone else get surprised when Pollard chased down Welker ?
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[quote name='raybaby' timestamp='1348466323' post='1164853']
[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
New England still somehow leads the Baltimore Referees 13-0 after four straight home-cooked calls.

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
There's only one reason I hope Baltimore wins: Torrey Smith. And only one way: He catches the winning TD pass.

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
Are the Patriots going to give Flacco enough time to sign autographs for the replacement refs before he looks for another open receiver?

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
Did little Danny Woodhead just run it down the throat of Ray Lewis' D or did I just nod off and dream that?

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
Phantom hold on McCourty again saves Ravens. Baltimore Replacement Refs strike again.

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
That was flat-out hold on LWebb and should've been called. Harbaugh was trying to intimidate the refs then argued he was trying to call time

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
I'm not so sure that was pass interference on McCourty, who grabbed Jones as the ball hit his hands.

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
My first-look gut-feeling: THAT FIELD GOAL WAS OUTSIDE THE UPRIGHT -- NO GOOD!

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
Various replay angles indicated the FG attempt went OVER the upright but would that replacement ref have guts to call no good in Balt? NO.

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
In the end, the difference in the game was that the Ravens had the guts to blitz late and the Patriots just sat back and let Flacco throw.

[url="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless"][b]Skip Bayless[/b] ‏[s]@[/s][b]RealSkipBayless[/b][/url]
Did Ray Lewis play much tonight? I just saw him make one tackle - of Rob Gronkowski.
[/quote]He is absolutely pathetic. Referring to the Ravens as the Baltimore Referees? SMDH

He does sound like a jaded Patriots fan.

And Ray Lewis had 10 TACKLES Skip!
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And how can a sports commentator who is supposed to be objective come out and say he only wants Baltimore to win for ONE REASON!? It's sad he gets paid money to be a biased hater of anybody not named Romo or Brady.
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[quote name='BMORElegacy' timestamp='1348466711' post='1164857']
He is absolutely pathetic. Referring to the Ravens as the Baltimore Referees? SMDH

He does sound like a jaded Patriots fan.

And Ray Lewis had 10 TACKLES Skip!
[/quote]

Let him be irrational. Doesn't change the outcome of the game.
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