The Ravens offense has looked decent overall in the preseason, and they have one game left. Flacco has done well against first-team defenses, including a revenge seeking Jets defense and a Julius Peppers-led Carolina team. Joe the Quarterback is ready for the season, and there is no dispute that he is the starter. Which is why the Ravens should play him in one series or less in the final game against Atlanta.
We have already seen injuries rack up with quarterbacks this preseason. Matt Cassel of the Chiefs may have seriously injured his leg. Tom Brady hurt his shoulder, and Kyle Orton hurt his thumb. In their cases, the first string had to play due to questions from last season, but the Ravens do not have this problem. We all have heard stories of quarterbacks going down in the preseason: Michael Vick and Chad Pennington in 2003 both come to mind.
Plus, Atlanta’s defense is decent, but nothing special. Flacco has been tested against strong D-lines and good linebackers. He won’t learn anything new against Atlanta, even though this game is on the road. It is more important to protect the quarterback of the future than risk having to start the guys behind him. The Ravens still have some questions in the WR corps, but that does not need to be handled by Flacco. Or Brandon Marshall.
Blog from Dave Vatz—09 Terrapin Graduate
Comments from Bruce—Flacco should not even suit up for this game!!!
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