On the Richter Scale of pregame proclamations, a comment made by Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco this week rates about a 0.2.
But the Kansas City Chiefs — still in the nascent stages of developing a post-Herman Edwards identity — seized on Flacco’s words and slapped them up on the locker room wall.
Flacco’s quote came in response to a question about challenges Kansas City faces going into Baltimore to start this season with a new coach and new quarterback.
Flacco’s response, seen on the wall inside the Chiefs locker room by Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, was: “I don’t think it’s a very good way to begin it. We’re going to come in here and play well and I don’t think they’re really going to want to play us by the end of the game.”
Teicher did some research and found that the rest of Flacco’s answer siphoned off some of the bravado. Flacco apparently added, “I’m a Baltimore Raven. I’m obviously not going to say it’s a good thing for the Kansas City Chiefs to come in here [and start their season].”
So Flacco ain’t Joe Namath. Or even Freddie Mitchell. But Chiefs running back Larry Johnson said that, “If I was a defensive player, then yeah, I’d be a little [ticked off]. I don’t have to go against him. If I was a [defensive back] or linebacker, that would be something different.”