Height/Weight: 6’6″/238 lbs.
Age: 25/Experience: 3
Analysis: Third year quarterback Joe Flacco has already put together a laundry list of achievements in his young career. He was the 2008 Diet Pepsie Rookie of the Year, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in November, has the most starts by a quarterback in his first two seasons in NFL history, is the fourth quarterback since 1970 to reach the playoffs in his first two seasons, ranks third all time in Ravens history in attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns and, of course, is the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to win two playoff games.
Flacco’s 2009 season was another step in the right direction, he bumped up his completion percentage to 63.1 (a single season Ravens franchise record), threw for 3,613 yards and 21 touchdowns. A few games last season went on to become highlight reels for Flacco, in week three versus Cleveland Joe threw for 342 yards and hit Derrick Mason on a 72 yard touchdown pass. Flacco also threw 14 straight completions (another franchise record) against Denver on November 11th and went 21 for 29 with 234 yards and no interceptions against Chicago on December 20th.
2010 Outlook: The Ravens expectations for Flacco are high this season, their attention has shifted from defense to offense and at the center of those expectations is Joe Flacco. Last season, Ray Rice stepped up to be a available asset to Joe with the Ravens mediocre receiving corps, this season they added Anquan Boldin, Donte Stallworth (who is out for 8 weeks) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Flacco has targets up and down the field and is still supported by one of the most dynamic running backs in the NFL. The Ravens offense will click with Flacco’s success and fail when he is off. This season the Ravens will likely go as far as Flacco will take them.