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Mason says teams are just scared of Flacco

Posted on: July 14, 2011 10:30 am
Edited on: July 14, 2011 12:28 pm
MasonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Say this for Ravens WR Derrick Mason: even if he’s prone to a little bit of hyperbole, he’s going to defend his teammates until the end.

Obviously, Mason heard that Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley said that Baltimore QB Joe Flacco could never lead the Ravens to the Super Bowl (because, naturally, they couldn’t get past Pittsburgh to do so) and then listened to Bengals LB Dhani Jones -- who has become somewhat mouthy lately as well -- saying, in effect, that Flacco is not good at his job when he’s pressured.

Well, Mason takes issue with the Flacco criticism. That’s apparently why he told the Carroll County Times that the reason Flacco has taken some crap this offseason is because everybody is frightened of him (Flacco’s awesome wedding pictures notwithstanding). 

“When you're good, people are scared of you," Mason told the paper. "Honestly, that's what I've seen. When people realize the potential that you have, they get very, very scared and then you see them scrambling to say bad things about the guy.

"Joe doesn't care. He really doesn't. For the Woodleys and the Dhani Jones and the rest of them, you see there aren't no head coaches or general managers and no smart players saying Joe can't play. The last thing you want to do is wake up a sleeping giant. Whether he says it or not, they've given him added fuel."

While you might not think of Flacco as one of the game’s elites -- he’s probably no better than a top-10 quarterback at this point -- he’s also improved in each of his three seasons in the league. His completion percentage continues to climb, his passing yardages and touchdowns continue to rise, and his interceptions continue to drop.

But the big question is this: could Flacco lead his team past the Steelers and into a possible Super Bowl? Because until then, he’s going to be ripe for criticism for defenders around the NFL. Even if they are "scared" of his potential.

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Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:38 pm

Mason says teams are just scared of Flacco

Yes  Derrick Mason is a class act, that more then i can say about any Steelers players, Watch out this year Pittsburgh.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:36 pm

Mason says teams are just scared of Flacco

Came out much better? Give me a break! The little chicken s_ _ _ in Balt. is best staying there. He's done enough damage in Cleveland especially after taking football from us for years! Better? try telling that to some real clevelanders! Don't think they'll agree!

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:21 pm

Mason says teams are just scared of Flacco

And here is what I think to all these Steelers flapping their gums in the lock-out, karma is a b**ch and what comes around goes around.
Just keep it up.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:19 pm

Mason says teams are just scared of Flacco

You think that is what's keeping Art Moddell out of the HOF? And that is it? No is it the nimrods like you that have nothing better to do than b**ch about business that isn't yours. That BS that happened in Cleveland happened in Baltimore too, and if you study the whole deal Cleveland came out much better overall when the dust settled (no pun intended but Memorial Stadium no longer stands in Baltimore either).
He will probably pass before he would get placed in the HOF because of moving the team out of Cleveland. That's it.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 12:58 pm

Mason says teams are just scared of Flacco

The NFC South is the toughest division in football so no ...Matt Ryan does not have the easier division

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 12:50 pm

Mason says teams are just scared of Flacco

ANYBODY BUT THE RAVENS! Art Modell still is a crook and has not kept part of his deal WHEN he bought Browns.  Hey Art,  the family is still waiting for their MONEY.  (and all you raven fans just know MODELL STILL DOES OWN SOME OF THE RAVENS, and always will so he will not have to pay the family of the man who brought him the BROWNS back in the day)  PAY the FAMILY and YOU may, just may get to HOF.

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2011 12:13 pm

Mason says teams are just scared of Flacco

As a Ravens fan, I love Flacco and think he is a fine QB, and just needs to make better decisions during crunch time. But do I think other teams/players "fear" him? Absolutely not. The Ravens offense at times, can be very good, but usually, they are just average, and I don't think the Pittsburgh Steelers or Cincinatti Bengals fear the Ravens offense, and certainly not Flacco for that matter. Now, as far as the Woodley quote, it's slightly taken out of context. He was asked can Flacco and the Ravens win a title? And he replied "NO" because "they have to get thru us", meaning the Steelers. I mean, what else is he supposed to say? "Yes, I think the Ravens and the Steelers can win a superbowl the same season"?!?! The bottom line is that the Steelers and Ravens are two great teams, and truly a mirror image of each other. The Steelers have been very fortunate in most head to head games, and in doing so, have been able to move on farther in the playoffs and win a few championships, therefore a better team. Flacco can certainly make a jump to "elite" one day, whatever that means to you, but I do not think teams plan on stopping Flacco, per se, they try to stop Ray Rice, Boldin, Heap, and blitz the hell out of Flacco because he crumples under lots of pressure from the outside. But you gotta respect Mason, backing his guy.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 11:30 am

Mason says teams are just scared of Flacco

What I don't understand is how people put Matt Ryan ahead of Joe Flacco when they have essentially very similar numbers, and Ryan has a top 3 WR, an easier division with weaker defenses, and Flacco has actually won playoff games, something Ryan has yet to do.  I think Flacco is a bit under-rated while Ryan is more than a little over rated.

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