Number-crunchers put Joe Flacco's inaccuracy into context
By By Matt Vensel
Feb 24, 2014 | 12:09 PM
Most Ravens fans would probably tell you that they don't need to purchase the All-22 package on NFL's Game Rewind and dust off their old T-83 graphic calculator to determine that Joe Flacco was less accurate than usual in 2013. A simple eye test could tell you that.
Only Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker was more erratic when it came to throwing the deep ball in 2013, according to stats from Pro Football Focus. Locker was last in the league with a 23.3 percent accuracy percentage on passes thrown 20 or more yards downfield. Flacco was accurate on just 26.1 percent of his deep attempts after he was on the mark for 40.2 percent of his deep attempts in 2012.
Overall, Flacco was accurate on just 67.8 percent of his attempts, according to Pro Football Focus. Only five quarterbacks had a worse accuracy percentage, and they are not exactly the kind of passers Flacco should want to be associated with -- besides one notable exception.
Those five quarterbacks were Thaddeus Lewis of the Buffalo Bills, Case Keenum of the Houston Texans, Geno Smith of the New York Jets, Eli Manning of the New York Giants and Matt McGloin of the Oakland Raiders.
They played in similar offenses, too, which partially explains why they were on the lower end of the spectrum in accuracy percentage. They were both the centerpiece of a vertical passing attack that asked them to throw downfield often. And both of their offenses had offensive line issues and struggled to run the ball, complicating things for Flacco and Manning.
Flacco's accuracy percentage dipped 59 percent when he was under pressure and 10 of his career-high 22 interceptions came when he was pressured. But according to Pro Football Focus, Flacco was closer to the middle of the pack when it came to accuracy percentage when under pressure.
Flacco, who officially completed 59 percent of his attempts for 3,912 yards and 19 touchdowns, would be the first to admit that he wasn't good enough -- or accurate enough -- in 2013.