We know the Steelers like to blitz. Did other teams take the same aggressive approach against Flacco?
According to Pro Football Focus, Flacco dropped back to pass 618 times in 2010 (including playoffs). On those pass plays, Flacco was blitzed 306 times (49.5 percent). Only Oakland backup quarterback
During the 306 plays when Flacco was blitzed, the third-year quarterback completed 58.7 percent of his 276 pass attempts. His 3:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio when blitzed (12 touchdowns against four interceptions) trailed only Colts quarterback
These are some interesting stats to take note of, but they don't tell the whole story. They include plays in which his blockers picked up the blitz and Flacco had time to look for an open receiver.
Pro Football Focus also compiled stats for plays when blocking broke down and NFL quarterbacks were actually pressured, which gives a better indication of how they fared when operating in a dirty pocket. (Just to clarify, blitzes don't necessarily result in pressure, so that's why these two stats are different).
In 2010, Flacco was sacked on 24 percent of the plays -- 49 total times -- when he was pressured, according to Pro Football Focus. Only two quarterbacks, rookies