Monday Night Football analyst Ron Jaworski still lives in New Jersey and is friendly with Delaware football coach K.C. Keeler, so it is fair to say that the former NFL quarterback has closely followed the growth and development of
Jaworski has seen both the good and bad from Flacco, and firmly believes that the fourth-year quarterback hasn't peaked.
"I think Joe has as much natural, God-given talent as anybody playing the position right now," Jaworski said in a phone interview with The Baltimore Sun Wednesday. "Joe is an outstanding passer, he's mechanically sound. There's no question he is going to get better although in looking at this year, I think there's been a little plateau to his game. I don't think his game elevated as much as I expected it to this year and I think there are a lot of reasons for that."
Jaworski cited the uncertainty of the Ravens’ offensive line at the beginning of the season, some changes with the team’s offensive schemes, an inexperienced receiving corps and the abbreviated training camp that prevented Flacco from working more with his receivers, like newcomer
"I think all those things contributed to Joe being flat as far as his development this year," Jaworski said. "I saw Joe improving each and every year as he developed. This year, I would say it's been flat. I haven't seen the quantum leap that I expected, but as I said earlier, I think there have been reasons for that."
One of the big knocks on Flacco this season has been his career-low 57.6 completion percentage this season. Jaworski admits that he's surprised with some of the throws that Flacco has missed.
“Mechanically he’s fine, but being totally realistic when I look at these tapes, he’s missed some throws that he’s got to hit,” Jaworski said. “There have been some wildly inaccurate throws and that’s uncommon for Joe. I think Joe should be probably be a 62 to 63 percent passer in this style of offense. Normally with quarterbacks like Joe, I’d say you have to be about 67, 68, somewhere in there. He’s not in that [
Still, Jaworski vehemently defended Flacco, praising him for his ability, durability and toughness, and wondering why he gets so much criticism both in Baltimore and nationally.
“I’m shocked, literally shocked that Joe hasn’t been accepted more and not even in Baltimore for that reason, but around the country,” Jaworski said. “What do you hear about [the
Jaworski said that Flacco is plenty good enough to lead the Ravens to a
“I really believe they are in a perfect position right now,” he said. “You’d like to maybe have the second game at home and who knows? But you have the