Joe Flacco will be working with a new offensive coordinator, Gary Kubiak, and a new quarterbacks coach, Rick Dennison. Here is one primary goal for that trio. Cutting down on Flacco’s interceptions.
Flacco’s 22 interceptions in 2013 were the most of his career by far – 10 more than he had ever thrown in any other season. Only five starting quarterbacks had more interceptions than touchdown passes in 2013. Here’s that list.
Flacco – 22 picks, 19 TD passes
Chad Henne, Jaguars – 14 picks, 13 TD passes
Eli Manning, Giants – 27 picks, 18 TD passes
Matt Schaub, Texans, 14 picks, 10 TD passes
Geno Smith, Jets – 21 picks, 12 TD passes
Not surprisingly, none of those quarterbacks reached the playoffs. Interesting that Kubiak and Dennison coached Schaub last season with the Texans. Schaub’s propensity for throwing interceptions left Kubiak no choice but to bench Schaub during the Texans’ disappointing 3-13 season.
Flacco is a better quarterback than Schaub. However, Flacco, Kubiak, and Dennison are all coming off a season they would like to forget. The Ravens are counting on that trio to click, and to enjoy far more success in 2014.