Will playing in Gary Kubiak’s offense make Joe Flacco a more efficient quarterback? The Ravens hope so. Last season was a struggle for Flacco, as he threw for the most interceptions in his career (22), coupled with his lowest passer rating (73.1). Among starting quarterbacks, only Matt Schaub of the Texans (73.0), Eli Manning of the Giants (69.4) and Geno Smith of the Jets (66.5) had a lower passer rating than Flacco.
That was a far cry from Flacco’s four-game playoff run that led the Ravens to a Super Bowl, when he threw 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions, with a 117.2 passer rating. The Ravens want to see Flacco play closer to that level in 2014, and they certainly want him to cut down on the interceptions.
With the additions of wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Owen Daniels, Flacco has more weapons than last season. But there is no guarantee Flacco will flourish in Kubiak’s system. Schaub struggled last year in Houston and eventually lost his starting job with Kubiak as his head coach.
Flacco is a better quarterback than Schaub, and at age 29, Flacco is entering what should be his prime years. During training camp, Flacco hopes to master Kubiak’s offense. Then during the regular season, we’ll find out if Flacco can flourish in it.