Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco shined in the Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Baltimore. His lead an explosive offense to a 44-13 victory; he went 21 for 29 for 299 yards and two touchdowns, no interceptions with a 128.4 quarterback rating.
His was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Now the big question is whether or not he can keep it up the entire season. Last season he was plagued with inconsistency, he was hot and cold all season.
“Joe Flacco is going to be a great player,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said after the game. “Joe Flacco is a great player. Joe Flacco has been a great player.”
Working with quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell is paying off as Flacco is leading team’s new no-huddle offense and spreading the love as he threw to seven targets on Monday night.
It is Flacco’s second time winning this award. He previously won it in 2008, his rookie season, the award came after a 248-yard game and two touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns.
He is in the final year of a five-year contact; he will receive $6.7 million this season. Flacco hoped to have a new contract before the start of the season and although talks did not happen, Flacco’s agent Joe Linta and the Ravens front office expressed the belief that a new deal will get done, the big question is when and for how much.
The longer it takes to get done, the more Flacco is likely to get.
“The only way you get categorized as an elite quarterback is by the money and the contract you’re offered,” Linta told CSNBaltimore. “For someone to say you’re great is one thing. To pay you like you’re great is another.
Coach Harbaugh wants Flacco’s new deal to come through, after Monday’s game he said “Pay the man.”
Flacco has led the team to the playoffs in each of the four seasons he’s played with the Ravens. I am hopeful that a new deal will get done, though I don’t know when it will happen. Flacco is the best quarterback the Ravens have ever had and with an explosive start to the season he’s proven that we have yet to see his fullest potential.