Through seven weeks of the season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has attempted more passes than anyone in the NFL. It’s not even close. Here are the five quarterbacks that have attempted the most passes so far:
Andrew Luck, Colts (276)
Drew Brees, Saints (270)
Brock Osweiler, Texans (268)
Kirk Cousins, Redskins (265)
How exactly did the Ravens become “Air Flacco”, a team that throws the ball more than anyone in the NFL, and struggles to find offensive consistency every week?
That’s a major question for the Ravens (3-4) to evaluate during the bye, riding a four-game losing streak. They desperately need to run the football more often, and more effectively. The Ravens’ six yards rushing against the Jets on Sunday set a franchise record for fewest rushing yards in a game. That was rock bottom, an embarrassing effort for a team that wants to set a physical tone offensively. It’s obvious the change at offensive coordinator from Marc Trestman to Marty Mornhinweg after Week 5 has not been an instant remedy for what ails the Ravens.
“That second half (against the Jets) was about as tough as it gets for our offense,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
Injuries to left tackle Ronnie Stanley and right guard Marshal Yanda have obviously hurt the Ravens’ offensive line, compromising their pass protection and making it more difficult to establish the run. But if the Ravens don’t run the football more effectively after the bye, don’t expect “Air Flacco” to be the ticket to turning around their season.
“Yes, we need to run the ball more,” Harbaugh said.
It would be hard to find anyone to disagree with that.