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Flacco on Reed quotes: 'Not that big of an issue'

Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:35 pm
Flacco doesn't care what anyone thinks, apparently. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Monday, Ravens safety Ed Reed had some interesting things to say about Joe Flacco, stating that against the Texans it didn't look like Flacco 'had a hold on the offense.'

The much-maligned quarterback's been frustrated lately, calling out the media before the Houston game, but he said Wednesday that Reed's comments were 'not that big of an issue.'

"It was a little funny to me, I was a little caught off guard," Flacco said when asked about Reed's comments. "But we talked about it, it's not really that big of a deal. When I first saw it, I thought' What's going on?' But like I said, we talked about it, we're a team around here, it's not that big of an issue."

Flacco was asked a follow-up question and responded by asking the media, "You guys aren't going to let it go huh?"

So the media moved on to wondering if Flacco might start getting some respect from fans and the media if he and the Ravens "finally" (our quote, because it's amusing that there's some desperation involved in a four-year stint as a starting quarterback) won a Super Bowl with him under center.

"I don't care," the mustachioed Flacco said. "I'll be wearing a ring and we'll holding a trophy and the perception probably won't change but it doesn't really matter."

Flacco probably cares more about his contract status -- though he says he won't be thinking about it -- which will most certainly change if he ends up holding the Lombardi Trophy. (And will probably change regardless; winning a Super Bowl will just give him lots of leverage.)

Because he's right about how he's treated. He's won five playoff games. He's been to the playoffs four times in four years. Those are usually the issues young quarterbacks deal with when it comes to developing a negative reputation around the NFL. Flacco, instead, is guilty of having too good a defense and too good a running game, as well as not being a guy that a team can just let throw the ball 60 times.

Yes, we're totally guilty of calling him out on those counts. (Although our colleague Mike Freeman got Flacco's back in Wednesday's 10-Point Stance.) We have no problem with that. And Flacco shouldn't either -- there are worse crosses to bear in life.

But he should also understand what these next two games mean to his reputation, his contract status and his teammates: everything.

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Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:22 pm

Flacco on Reed quotes: 'Not that big of an issue'

Bradshaw is one of the most overrated players in history.  I'd take Marino over Bradshaw.

Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:59 pm

Flacco on Reed quotes: 'Not that big of an issue'

Great post, you explained the reality and culture of the RAVENS.

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:56 am

Flacco on Reed quotes: 'Not that big of an issue'

Interesting point about Fantasy owners and their love of points skewing their view of who is a good QB. Three of the QBs in the finals are not first round Fantasy picks. Except for Brady, them Fantasy boys is all fishin' and golfin' this weekend. Putting up numbers does not necessarily translate into winners. Who would you rather have had historically for your fantasy teams: Marino and Fouts or Montana and Bradshaw? The first two put up a lot of numbers. The second two are wearing a lot of rings the other two have none of.

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:07 am

Flacco on Reed quotes: 'Not that big of an issue'

You said it, "No Excuses". Let's see how great Brady, Brees, and Rodgers would look with Flacco's o-line and Cam Cameron calling plays.....and let's see how Joe would look in Belichik's offense. While he may not be a Brady or a P Manning he's a heck of a lot better than people give him credit for. All the Fantasy players care about is the stats and the scoring....Guess what? None of it happens without an o-line.

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:45 am

Flacco on Reed quotes: 'Not that big of an issue'

Flacco's receivevers were near the top of the list for drops this year. If you watched Flacco throughout the year, he is a pretty darn good passer. He did have a couple of lousy games, notably Jacksonville, but generally he is on target. He throws a very nice deep ball, which certainly helped Torrey Smith to a strong rookie campaign. The problem for Flacco is that there is a 10+ year tradition in Baltimore of the Raven's D being dominant and being the starting point for discussion of the Raven's success. In the Houston game, the Raven's played not to lose. No penalties, no turnovers, conservative play calling. And let's not forget that Houston came into the game as the #2 D in the league. I am convinced that the game plan was built on the premise that Arian Foster couldn't win the game alone, Yates wouldn't be able to make the passes necessary to beat them (hence very little blitzing by Ravens), so play mistake free football and let the D do their thing, and you win. Against the Pats you will see an entirely different game plan. At the end of it all, Flacco is a very god, young QB who is only going to get better. This year he had a couple of nice 4th quarter drives to win games. Raven's are lucky to have him

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:43 am

Flacco on Reed quotes: 'Not that big of an issue'

I was listening to a Hall of Fame QB yesterday on the radio talking about Ed Reed and Co.. This former Super Bowl winner said that he felt Baltimore had a major problem in their locker room - the defense dominates it. Their oft-stated attitude that is pervasive in the organization is "the defense will handle this - offense, don't screw it up." He went on to say that the really dominant teams like the Niners, Cowboys and the Steelers in their respective dynastic days had great defenses, but the attitude was "Go out and score. We've got your back. If something doesn't go right, don't worry. We'll get the ball back for you." The Ravens offense hears "don't screw it up" so often, that's how they play. Just enough to not screw it up.

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:49 am

Flacco on Reed quotes: 'Not that big of an issue'

The defense is going to be solid.  Thats a guarantee.  But Brady is really friggen good so he's still going to put up a bunch of points
So the Raven's defense is solid and thats a guarantee, unless they play a great QB? Isnt saying a defense is solid, but the opposing QB is going to put up a bunch of points kind of an oxymoron?  Im sorry, but some QBs manage games, and some QBs throw all the time to win games. What you saw last weekend was 2 QBs who manage games move on to Championship game (Alex Smith, Joe Flacco) and 2 QBs who throw all the time go home (Aaron Rodgers and Drew Breese).... So say whatever you want, football is the ultimate team sport. if the Ravens D goes out there and drops and egg giving up 30+ points to Brady and the Pats, then nobody can point the finger at Flacco... the Ravens are a a team that throws their money at the defense.

Its not like Joe Flacco cant throw, he lit up the stats in college, its just a matter of the play scheme the Ravens have ran for 12-13 years now 

Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:18 am

Flacco on Reed quotes: 'Not that big of an issue'

Where's Joe's line? Brady and Ben stand in the pocket and if forced to they skip jump rope to avoid tackles. Who calls the plays for Joe? CC. Hey everyone what is first and ten? It's Ray Rice up the middle. What's second down and ten. It's Torrey Smith down 50 yds. Hey what's third and 6 inches? It's Ray Rice again and he can't open holes for himself. Hey no one is saying the Ravens defense can't carry the ball. They're just saying the old way won't get it done. You need to score. You need an o line that pushes the defense back. How many sacks did Suggs get against the Texans? Ngata? If it wasn't for old man Lewis they would have lost. What Reed wants is some attention. He thinks he's the team. He's good and maybe great. But he wouldn't be known if he was on a team with Gronkowski. He'd be that guy who is under appreciated. Or who makes nine pro bowls that most fans never heard of. Is Joe as good as Marino? I don't care. He just can't pass when he's on the ground and we'll never know how good he can be as long as the owners and the OC call plays the way they do. If Ozzie is so smart he ought to have learned by now a QB needs protection. How many throws up 7-9 yards over the linemen's heads has Joe had a chance to throw? Quick one step back crossing routes? None. Dumps to Ray Rice to make him the stats leader. At least five to 8 times a game. Who calls the plays offfield is who u want to call out. Not Joe. 

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:37 am

Flacco on Reed quotes: 'Not that big of an issue'

Ed reed is a god.  Joe Flacco is a slob.  If Ed Reed isn't a 1st ballot hall of famer they should just kick all the other safeties out of the hall of fame and say they aren't letting any more safeties in.  But if Joe Flacco plays like crab and they's all on him!  The defense is going to be solid.  Thats a guarantee.  But Brady is really friggen good so he's still going to put up a bunch of points.  All Joe Flacco needs to do is beat a crappy defense.  If he can't do that..........then yeah, he sucks.  Ray Rice is awesomesauce.  So they can run it.  If Flacco can't throw it against one of the worst pass defenses in the league...........then yeah, he does deserve some criticism.  

Maybe I should read the article now. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:25 pm

Flacco on Reed quotes: 'Not that big of an issue'

Not an issue at all. Flacco wasn't the only qb rattled by the Texans defense this season. And if one actually takes the time to listen to the whole interview they would know that this was taken out of context by a lazy writer.

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