It doesn’t sound like Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is taking the news well that he’s lost his top tight end for the season to a fractured hip, according to Peter King of SI.com.
In the Ravens’ 4-0 playoff run last year, Boldin and Pitta averaged nine catches and 136 receiving yards per game. Now Joe Flacco will have to win without either of them this year. That’s one of the reasons why Flacco, I’m told, was walking around the Ravens’ complex looking disconsolate after Pitta was lost for the season with a dislocated hip on Saturday. I’d argue Pitta was Baltimore’s second-most valuable offensive player. First, he’s Flacco’s best friend on the team, and their wives are very close, so personally it’s going to hurt Flacco. But without Boldin, Pitta was going to be more important as a security blanket for the quarterback. Now Flacco will have to build more trust with backup tight end Ed Dickson, which has clearly been an issue; he targeted Dickson only three times in the championship game and Super Bowl combined. The Ravens may have to forge a completely different offensive identity, perhaps built around the speed threats Baltimore has at wideout.
Flacco should have been concerned when the Ravens traded Anquan Boldin. You can’t convince me that Pitta was going to replace Boldin in the Ravens passing game.