Harbaugh Non-Committal On More Shotgun

Joe Flacco spent the entire breakout second half working out of the shotgun.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, October 31st, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, Ryan Mink, Week 8 vs Cardinals

Joe Flacco was pretty darn effective out of the shotgun at the University of Delaware.

He was pinpoint from there Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals too.

Flacco was in the shotgun formation for 49 straight plays – including the entire 24-point second half, minus one quarterback keeper.

So will fans be seeing more of that?

Head Coach John Harbaugh was non-committal on Monday.

“I think it depends on the situation,” Harbaugh said. “Yeah, if it gives us the best chance to move the ball.”

There’s actually a case against putting Flacco in the shotgun.

In 108 passing attempts from it this year, he’s completed 50.9 of those attempts, which is below his overall 53.8 completion percentage.

He’s thrown four interceptions to two touchdowns and been sacked nine times in the shotgun, more than in any other formation. Flacco’s quarterback rating in the shotgun is 62.8.

Still, Sunday showed evidence that Flacco can get in a rhythm when working out of the backfield, which can give the quarterback a better chance to survey the field because it doesn’t require the same drop-back.

After throwing for 27 yards on the Ravens’ first four drives, Flacco finished the first half in the shotgun and threw for 62 yards on a final field goal drive. He recorded 238 passing yards in the second half going entirely out of the shotgun.

“But you’ve got to have him under the center too,” Harbaugh said. “There’s formations where he’s going to be under the center, there’s certain routes and concepts that work better from under center.

“But we like him in the gun. He’s been effective in the shotgun. It’s true.”

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