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Forget the media: Flacco now has to convince Reed

Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:05 pm
 
FlaccoBy Josh Katzowitz

A few days go, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco called out the media, saying, "I’m sure if we win (vs. the Texans), I’ll have nothing to do with why we won according to you guys.”

Then, Flacco went out and showed that he was exactly right. With his 14-of-27, 176-yard, two-touchdown, five-sack performance, he didn't have much to do with the reason Baltimore advanced to the AFC title game vs. the Patriots.

Now, instead of calling out anybody, his own teammates are sticking it to Flacco himself.

“They had a lot of guys in the box on him and they were giving it to him. I think a couple of times he needed to get rid of the ball. It just didn’t look like he had a hold on the offense,” safety Ed Reed said, via the Baltimore Sun. “I don’t know how much of [that was] the play calling … but it just didn’t look like he had a hold on the offense, you know, of times past.

"It was just kind of like they [were] telling him [what] to do -- throw the ball or get it here, you know, get it to certain guys.”

And as anybody who watched the game last weekend, Reed realizes Flacco needs to play a tiny bit better against New England to have a chance to upset the Patriots.

“He can’t play like that,” Reed said. “One specific play that sticks out to me was when Ray Rice came out and got pushed out of the backfield and [Flacco] still threw him the ball and he had Torrey Smith on the outside. I can see that sitting on the sideline or sitting in the stands. You don’t know what someone else is seeing.”

Flacco wasn’t the only one to draw the ire of Reed. The safety also said the offensive line has to block better. But now on Sunday, Flacco doesn’t only have to win the respect of the media (not that he cares). He has to win over his own teammates.

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Comments

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:18 am
 

Forget the media: Flacco now has to convince Reed

Who is Ed Reed? No really...who is he?



Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:05 am
 

Forget the media: Flacco now has to convince Reed

But they all have a super bowl ring dopey and that is all that matters



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:32 pm
 

Forget the media: Flacco now has to convince Reed

Bronco's....


Going 7-0 against playoff teams and 6-0 in the afc north ...  really sounds like choking to me....


hmm 4 str8 years of playoffs and and 5 wins.


does manning, brady, brees or rodgers have that on thier resume   NOPE   


      
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Since: Dec 18, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:10 pm
 

Forget the media: Flacco now has to convince Reed

Ravens this year against Steelers Texans and Cincinati  6-0  Niners 1-0.  Patriots beat 1 team all year that had a winning record, Broncos were 9-8 at game time. Patriots lost the 2 regular season games agains teams above .500 Steelers and Giants.  Ravens 31 Pats 23




Since: Jun 7, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:51 pm
 

Forget the media: Flacco now has to convince Reed

Well said!



Since: Jun 7, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:49 pm
 

Forget the media: Flacco now has to convince Reed

f you knew anything about the subject, you'd know that Flacco led Ravens beat ALL SEVEN playoff teams (Houston and Pitt twice each) they played this year and Flacco
's combined QB rating for those 7 games was 97.1.  It's not elite, but better than Rothlisberger against the same teams.  You may not have watched the Ravens beat the Steelers in Pitt, but Flacco led a 77 yard drive in the last 1:34 of the game throwing 5-6 including the game-winning 29 yard TD.  He's won more games in his first 4 years at QB than any other QB in the history of the NFL!!! Choke, hardly.  Elite - no, not exactly.  A winner and solid QB - yes.



Since: Dec 18, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:46 pm
 

Forget the media: Flacco now has to convince Reed

The Ravens as a team do not have to convince anyone. They are 7-0 against teams that made the playoffs this year. Do you want to know how many teams the Patriots beat in the regular season that had winning records? The answer is Zero. The Patriots only played 2 teams in the regular season that had winning records. They lost both games to the Steelers and Giants. The Ravens will put a strangle hold on the Patriots this weekend.



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:50 pm
 

Forget the media: Flacco now has to convince Reed

CBS: You should have used a yellow background for this article because it's clearly yellow journalism. You say Flacco must "convince Reed" yet you intentionally left out the rest of the interview where Reed says Flacco can outdo Brady on Sunday.



Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:06 pm
 

Forget the media: Flacco now has to convince Reed

BYTE ME:   I am so sick and tired of hearing about Flacco and how he chokes.

I agree.  The best way to stop this is to STOP CHOKING!



Since: Sep 27, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:34 pm
 

Forget the media: Flacco now has to convince Reed

Regardless of the medias BS reporting....The Ravaens D will be put to the test against Brady......Maybe Reed will have a different tune after next week..


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