FLACCO is the BEST deep thrower in the LEAGUE, PATS have been the 2nd best defending it since WEEK 11, what gives?

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    Re: FLACCO is the BEST deep thrower in the LEAGUE, PATS have been the 2nd best defending it since WEEK 11, what gives?

    In response to COMMIE-CONTRARIAN's comment:

    by every measure, flacco has both the strongest and most accurate arm in the league.....

    Despite leading the league with 93 attempts at least 20 yards downfield this season including the playoffs, Flacco has not thrown an interception on such throws. Matt Hasselbeck incidentally is the only other qualified quarterback without an interception on a deep throw this season, and he had fewer than a quarter of Flacco’s attempts (24). 



    This may be the result of his receivers getting seperation and making better adjustments to the flight of the ball than the defender.  Of the long throws I have seen, that has been the case.  Bolden and Jones has made some amazing catches on long throws recently.  Unlike many receivers, he battles for the ball.  In the first game, that is what happened, the Ravens receivers got that seperation.

     
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    Re: FLACCO is the BEST deep thrower in the LEAGUE, PATS have been the 2nd best defending it since WEEK 11, what gives?

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    by every measure, flacco has both the strongest and most accurate arm in the league.. Flacco is 8-of-12 for 324 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions on throws at least 20 yards downfield in the playoffs. Flacco completed 37 percent of those attempts during the season with seven touchdowns.

    Since adding Talib to the lineup in Week 11 allowed McCourty to move to safety, the Patriots’ defense has looked a lot different. Only the Titans (zero) have allowed fewer 30-yard pass plays than the Patriots from Week 11 on.

    Even when New England was susceptible to the deep ball early in the season, it showed a knack for forcing turnovers. The Patriots had seven interceptions on throws at least 20 yards downfield this season, with only Atlanta (eight) recording more.

    New England allowed 30 completions on passes thrown at least 20 yards downfield this season, tied with the Giants for the most in the league. In a Week 3 loss to the Ravens, the Patriots allowed Flacco to connect on four of eight deep throws for 111 yards and a touchdown to Smith.

    Despite leading the league with 93 attempts at least 20 yards downfield this season including the playoffs, Flacco has not thrown an interception on such throws. Matt Hasselbeck incidentally is the only other qualified quarterback without an interception on a deep throw this season, and he had fewer than a quarter of Flacco’s attempts (24).

    Flacco has a +10 touchdown-to-interception differential on deep throws. Aaron Rodgers is the only other quarterback to even throw 10 touchdowns on such passes. During the regular season only Clavin the johnson (39) had more targets on those throws than torrey smith (38), who rang up two touchdowns and 91 receiving yards on long throws against the Broncos.al davis would be proud. this is a throwback offense. bet randy moss wants a piece of this action next year.



    Is 37% good, because it seems quite poor.  Seems to me that even though Flacco could, and did complete 8 of 12 passes he is more likely to complete 4 of 12 and get blown out.  It's an inconsistent way to run an offense which is probably why people stopped running it in the 70's- except for the Raiders.

     
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    Re: FLACCO is the BEST deep thrower in the LEAGUE, PATS have been the 2nd best defending it since WEEK 11, what gives?

    The forecast continues to be for a strong wind on Sunday.  The most accurate deep thrower in the league might as well be Ryan Mallett as long as the ball moves 5 yards or so before coming down.

    Does Mr. Flacco have a quick release, does he scan the field well, can he hit the short timing passes with accuracy and how does he handle pressure? 

     

     
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    Re: FLACCO is the BEST deep thrower in the LEAGUE, PATS have been the 2nd best defending it since WEEK 11, what gives?

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    The forecast continues to be for a strong wind on Sunday.  The most accurate deep thrower in the league might as well be Ryan Mallett as long as the ball moves 5 yards or so before coming down.

    Does Mr. Flacco have a quick release, does he scan the field well, can he hit the short timing passes with accuracy and how does he handle pressure? 

     




    Yeah, 19 MPH forecasted. Brady once said he can throw in winds up to 25, but above that it's impossible to be accurate.

    Let's hope the forecast holds. Before the 9ers game, the midweek forecast was for snow, sleet and freezing rain...of course, all we got was regular old rain.

     

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