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Ravens QB Joe Flacco calls out media

Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:30 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 5:51 pm
Flacco would like to remind you that you don't know what you're talking about. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has rabbit ears. We suspect a lot of people in the public eye suffer from the affliction though a good many of them seem adept at keeping it to themselves. Ask a player if he's heard his online critics (media, social media, blogs -- it doesn't really matter) and more times than not the response will go something like this: "No, man. I don't pay attention to that stuff. I have enough to worry about."

The Ravens' PR staff either haven't apprised Flacco that such an approach makes for good non-answers or he has chosen to ignore them. Whatever the reason, put the Ravens' fourth-year quarterback in front of a microphone and he will lament the public perception of him as something less than a successful NFL quarterback. 

The latest example: during Wednesday's media session, Flacco got worked up when the conversation turned to the recent history of elite quarterbacks winning Super Bowls.

"If you look at the teams that won, yeah you can look at the quarterbacks but that’s just because you guys, ESPN, everybody wants to pump them up as being the best quarterback that year. It’s really going to come down to what team is the best," Flacco said according to the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec. "I’m sure if we win, I’ll have nothing to do with why we won according to you guys. It is what it is. We’re going to do our best to try to win it and it doesn’t really matter what the reason is.”

With the irony no doubt lost him him, Flacco was reminded that Trent Dilfer went along for the ride during the Ravens' run to the Super Bowl in 2001.

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“I don’t care if people look at it that way," he said. "I don’t necessarily see it that way. You guys want everybody to be Aaron Rodgers and be Tom Brady, but you guys do realize, those guys' [teams] don’t run the ball? If we try to do that, the criticism that we’d take around here would be ridiculous. We could win eight games like that and we could lose one and you guys would be like, ‘Oh man, what are you guys doing?’ This is what you guys said you wanted and if you lose one game, oh my God. You guys got to remember that. You guys want an elite quarterback. You have to stop complaining when we go out there and throw the ball 60 times a game.’"

Worth noting: Flacco was grinning as he was speaking and Zrebiec writes that "his tone was never combative." So there's that. Still, the Ravens quarterback just shouldn't bring it up at all. Because even if he's mocking the media (and he most certainly is … and rightly so) all it does is remind people -- fairly or otherwise -- that he's whining about his plight.

In mid-December, Flacco called the overreactions by Ravens fans during wins or losses "hilarious." He's right -- fans of most teams are, well, fanatical -- but those are the sentiments you keep to yourself. Or at the very least, don't announce them publicly.

Of course, like most people who say they don't pay attention to the what's written about them, Flacco not only keeps close tabs, he also professes that he doesn't care.

We’ve won a lot of games around here," he said. "This is the second year in a row we’ve won 12 games, I could care less. At the end of the day, do you see the criticism sometimes and say, 'What the hell are they talking about? Yeah. But who cares, you know. It all comes down to three games now: win this one, win the next one and win the Super Bowl. What are they going to say? That’s what we got to do, that’s what I got to do. I’m not really thinking about anything else.”

The criticism comes down to this, Joe: you can go 16-0 every season but if the Ravens don't win it all, it's been a disappointing season. Are those expectations unfair? Maybe. Then again, Baltimore is annually considered one of the NFL's best teams. It's not like the expectations exceed the talent. Which means that if the Ravens come up short of a title, Flacco can expect to hear about it.

Upside: his embattled offensive coordinator has his back. That's right: Cam Cameron, the most highly criticized member of the Ravens organization, said Thursday that "That's one of the things I love about [Flacco]," he said according to Rapid Reporter Jason Butt. ... He's one of those guys that has the courage to say [what he did to the media Wednesday].... You have to have a competitive spirit in you."   

Truth be told, fans would prefer Flacco save that competitive spirit for game days and leave the sound bytes to Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs.

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Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:40 pm

Ravens QB Joe Flacco calls out media

Steelers and their fans are GREAT...Your Raven's  need to win a few more super bowls before you can call us names.  Sorry to say the Patriots will end it for ya all this year.  There is always next year....not

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:03 pm

Ravens QB Joe Flacco calls out media

Flunco is a bumb.  His best pass is the screen to Rice.  His team is affraid to call plays consistently where he throws down field so when he needs to he can't.  
FYI, I'm fine with the Bengals and where they are.  This isn't about them or the rivalry.  It's about the Ravens and how lowsy Flunco is. They will not win a super bowl with him.  Sorry.  But enjoy the great records each year only to lose in the playoffs to a real team.  Living here in Baltimore, it's so much fun to watch their fans implode annually every time they lose.  I can't wait!!!

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 2:12 pm

Ravens QB Joe Flacco calls out media

LOL....Yeah, where are those two quarterbacks right now? oh yeah.....CLEANING OUT THEIR LOCKERS !!! I'll take Joe Flacco and a Lombardi trophy over stats, ANY DAY.

Since: Jul 17, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:59 pm

Ravens QB Joe Flacco calls out media

LOL, he's not even a top 2 quarterback in his division? (Roethlisberger, Dalton) 

Brilliant comment.  Those two will be home watching Flacco play this weekend.  Try again misgruntled Steeler fan.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:37 pm

Ravens QB Joe Flacco calls out media

Flacco is so low key he actually avoids media contact and you want to compare him to a bunch of loud mouths like Ryan and the rest?  Give me a break!  Flacco doesn't lose games with his play.  He has won games (Pittsburgh, Cincy, Houston, SF) with his play.  What WILL everyone in the media going to say when the Ravens get to and win the SB?  All of the media's heros (some created by the media)  will be gone.  No sound bites!  No glowing interviews!  No hero worship!  Just a working class QB doing his job to help his TEAM win.  Rodgers, Brady, Brees.  Stars that their teams need to win.  Ravens are truly a TEAM in a TEAM sport.  Not one guy carrying a team.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:03 am

Ravens QB Joe Flacco calls out media

This really is one of the last chances for this Ravens group. I'm not saying they are going to go through a rebuild or anything, but "Ray Lewis' team" has one last chance to prove to everyone what they're made of. If this group can't beat a Schaub-less Texans team, then they deserve every bit of criticism that comes their way. That said, I think Flacco is better than he's given credit for, and I'd like to see the Ravens win this game (never thought I'd say that).

Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:57 pm

Ravens QB Joe Flacco calls out media

I completely disagree with your conclusion:

"Truth be told, fans would prefer Flacco save that competitive spirit for game days and leave the sound bytes to  and ."

Flacco has a voice and is entitled to use it.  He might draw criticism from what he says... but I appreciate players that don't fit the media's mold like him and Jay Cutler.  Because they're more human, I root for them.  While I really like Eli Manning, his canned responses to the media don't allow us to get to know what he really thinks - which I believe would endear the fans to him all the more.

Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:48 pm

Ravens QB Joe Flacco calls out media

Is it just me or the guys that talk the most foolishness in the NFL are the ones who have not won a Superbowl or never been in one? Joe Flacco, everybody want their qb to be Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady because they have actually won a Superbowl. Sick of clowns like Flacco, Jets players, Rex Ryan, numerous arrogant wrs who talk big and never win the big games.  Flacco needs to stop crying about nobody giving him any respect and lead the Ravens to the Superbowl and win the big game. Newsflash qbs are rated based on how many Superbowls they have won. Not how many times their teams had 12 wins and do nothing in the playoffs. 

Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:18 pm
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Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:08 pm

Ravens QB Joe Flacco calls out media

Awww, the poor media is offended by an average QB's comments on media day.  What a shame. Boo hoo  :(

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