JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The road to redemption - or at least 1-2 - won't be easy for the Jaguars in Week 3.
While the Baltimore Ravens have had their struggles in the team's first two games, the squad is 2-0 and is tied for the lead in the AFC North. The Ravens offense has been able to spread the ball around, offering a consistent running back rotation and the ability to make big plays through the air.
Pro Bowl quarterback Joe Flacco has been the lynch pin for that success. While he can do some big things in the passing game, he can also extend plays with his legs. While the Jaguars will probably avoid the level of pocket containment used in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers, they do have to be aware of Flacco's pocket mobility.
“It is concerning, obviously it is not like [Packers quarterback Aaron] Rodgers," defensive coordinator Todd Wash said on Wednesday.
"He has the ability to extend plays. He is not really looking to run. He is elusive in the pocket. It is going to be a challenge for the defensive line. I thought we rushed the passer well this past week with three sacks and hurries and the stuff we had. We are going against a good offensive line. They have some young guys, but their right side is really solid.”
Despite coming off ACL and MCL surgeries, Flacco has been moving around just fine. While he hasn't shown off his running ability in the first two games, Wash knows the scrambling could come at any moment.
“We see maybe a little bit on some of the movement in the passing game that they have, but we know he is capable of doing it," Wash said.
"He has flashed it. It is not as big of a part of their package as it has been in the past, but at the same time we are thinking they are holding it. We are preparing for the movement of the quarterback and he has the ability to do it.”
While Flacco's mobility will be an understated threat to the Jaguars, the home team will be very aware of the air attack from Baltimore. The Jacksonville coaching staff knows that Flacco can sling it all over the place.
"They are going to take some shots down the field," Wash said. "They are going to go at our corners and throw the ball deep three or four times a quarter. We just have to stay on top and compete on those routes.”