Joe Flacco: Ravens are 9-5 and we feel like 0-14

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The Ravens clinched a playoff berth on Sunday, but no one in Baltimore is in the mood to celebrate.

In fact, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco says that the Ravens are so down about their three-game losing streak, they feel as though they might as well have lost every game all season.

We’re a 9-5 football team, and it feels like we’re 0-14 right now. But that’s just the feeling that you have right after a game like this,” Flacco said.

But Flacco added that he’s confident that the Ravens can turn things around, starting Sunday against the Giants and continuing into the postseason, perhaps all the way to the Super Bowl.

“We believe we’re pretty stand-up guys, tough guys, guys with character,” Flacco said. “We’re going to be able to look at ourselves in the mirror when this thing is all said and done and honestly say that we are those type of guys or that we’re not those type of guys. I believe that we are, and you’re going to be able to see that over the next six, seven weeks, however long we have left. In order to get through this, we have to go home and look in the mirror, first of all, and work as one to get better and win football games. I believe that’s the kind of people we are, and that’s the kind of guys we have and the kind of coaches we have. It’s going to take toughness to get yourself up, pull yourself in there and do the work you need to do in order to give yourself the best chance of winning on Sunday.”

If the Ravens win either of their final two games they’ll win the AFC North and get to open the playoffs at home. But the way the Ravens have been playing lately, it’s fair to wonder whether they can win either of their final two games, against the Giants and Bengals. It wouldn’t be a big surprise if the Ravens double their current losing streak, and a sixth straight loss, in the wild card round of the playoffs, ends their season.

And ending the season on a six-game losing streak would be about as bad as the Ravens have felt since Flacco arrived five years ago.

82 responses to “Joe Flacco: Ravens are 9-5 and we feel like 0-14

  1. Flacco looks like a rookie again. I haven’t seen consistent growth from him since the first year. Now that the defense is awful, nothing is hiding his giant warts. They blamed Cam(for good reason) but Flacco is the other half of that problem. Flacco, yoou looked like the guy leading a 0-14 team yesterday. Shape up or your back home soon.

  2. Flacco says, “and you’re going to be able to see that over the next six, seven weeks, however long we have left.”

    Flacco must have the same flu symptons that caused Ed Reed to miss a tackle, except it’s starting to affect his math skills. 2 (weeks) plus 1 (and done) equals 3, not 6 or 7.

  3. Anyone notice how up and down the reigning Super Bowl Champion Giants have been just as equally up and down as the Ravens have been this season? Four of their six losses have been on the road this season, including blow outs at Cincinnati and yesterday in Atlanta. If both the Giants and Ravens are as sluggish next weekend as they had looked yesterday, Sunday’s game could be one ugly mess.

  4. It’s a game of inches. 11 months ago Joe Flacco led the Ravens down the field in the AFC Championship Game, put the ball where Lee Evans should’ve caught it for the win and a trip to the Super Bowl, but Evans didn’t hold on. Their kicker then missed a tying field goal.

    Now, it looks like the Ravens are headed for one-and-done in the playoffs and who knows if Flacco will ever even sniff another Super Bowl appearance.

  5. You know what makes me a true fan? Sticking with my team no matter what.

    We’re about to make the playoffs 5 years in a row. Something no other team in the NFL has accomplished in that stretch.

    We’ll get healthy and hopefully put up a decent fight in the playoffs. The injury bug has plauged this season.

  6. I’ve always been a Joe Flacco supporter, but this season has really shaken my faith in him. You cannot pin all of the offense’s issues on him — the OL is a sieve, the receivers often cannot get separation, and the play calling has been dreadful — but good QBs are able to carry their team, and he seems completely unable to do so. What’s more, the dude has turned into a turnover machine. The Ravens are going to have a very interesting decision to make on him this offseason. I’m not ready to say yet that they need to cut ties, but they need to at least start exploring other options.

  7. “And ending the season on a six-game losing streak would be about as bad as the Ravens have felt since Flacco arrived five years ago.”

    Get ready to feel much much worse Ravens. You’ve shown no signs that you can compete against real playoff caliber teams. Every team has significant injuries by week 16. One And Done – as usual.

  8. Funny thing is Ravens have the locker room to handle TO… although he’s probably a humbled man.

  9. It was pretty ugly at the stadium. The fans do not want Cameron back but they seem to have lost their patience with Flacco.

  10. “One And Done – as usual.”

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    I don’t think you know what one and done means. The Ravens haven’t been one and done since 2006.

  11. I remember back in week 3 when Flacco put up 380 and 3TDs against a putrid Patriots secondary and everyone thought he was Dan Marino. It’s been a humbling season for him. Hopefully he continues to get better, but for now, he needs to practice on handing the ball off to Rice 25 times a game ala Sanchez

  12. Ravens made a bad move to Fire Cam at this point of season..it’s not fair to the players who have to learn a new scheme and I knew this move was gonna be a disaster and it showed against Denver…I would think the Ravens would run the offense thru Ray Rice, but sometimes folks screw up the simpliest things..right now, the ravens do suck.

  13. Well subtract the two games that the refs blew a call late that would have made the ravens lose (chiefs, chargers), plus a questionable game winning fg (pats), and horrible time management that cost them a shot at a closer game winning fg (dallas), and they could be 5-9…so he’s not far off.

  14. sixlombardisinyourface says:
    Dec 17, 2012 1:34 PM
    “And ending the season on a six-game losing streak would be about as bad as the Ravens have felt since Flacco arrived five years ago.”

    Get ready to feel much much worse Ravens. You’ve shown no signs that you can compete against real playoff caliber teams. Every team has significant injuries by week 16. One And Done – as usual.

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    Right, because the Ravens sure were one and done in the playoffs last seaso – oh, wait.

  15. What do you think about bringing Mike Vick in on a one year deal and make him compete with the franchised Joe Flacco? With his play this year I don’t see us signing him to a long-term deal.

  16. So strange, Flacco looked like the second coming of Joe Montana at the first part of the season, and now this disintegration. Actually the whole team has fallen apart, it’s hard to watch.

  17. Stiller43 says:
    Dec 17, 2012 1:52 PM
    Well subtract the two games that the refs blew a call late that would have made the ravens lose (chiefs, chargers), plus a questionable game winning fg (pats), and horrible time management that cost them a shot at a closer game winning fg (dallas), and they could be 5-9…so he’s not far off.

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    Right, and the Steelers didn’t squeak out any wins this year? The Ravens stayed mentally tough in those games and won, meanwhile your soft cream puff steelers blew games against Oakland, Cleveland, Dallas, San Diego, Denver, Tennessee (HAHA) and Baltimore. Most of those were pretty embarrassing losses like Ben choking and launching that INT to Dallas yesterday.

  18. Every year we hear about how the Ravens D is starting to look old and slow, and yet they make the playoffs. Yesterday the two oldest and slowest weren’t even on the field but Denver made the rest look old and slow.

  19. I never bought into Flacco. He and Sanchez both got WAY too much praise for their overall team success. There’s a difference between being a catalyst for that success, and just being along for the ride. Those two were just along for the ride.

  20. Last time I checked the purpose of the regular season was to earn a playoff birth. At 9-5, Ravens have done just that. What about the steelers? I guess those silly steeler fans are more proud of missing the playoffs entirely as they currently have a .500 record. That my friends, is just pathetic.

  21. If you watched the game you know it really wasn’t as close as the score indicates. The Broncos started taking the air out of the ball in the 3rd Qtr. up 31-3. This was a really bad passing performance by Flacco. He just can’t seem to get it to the receivers. As many times as he overthrew the ball he was lucky he didn’t get picked off 3 or 4 times.

    The Ravens have some serious rebuilding to do (and healing up).

  22. While I agree Flacco is mediocre at best what people fail to realize is that most QB’s/football players or people in general are mediocre at best. Especially those of you writing into this thread to bash someone who plays a sport for a living. Where do you “rate” where you work. If you have a job that is…are you in your workplaces equivalent of the Super Bowl every year? I think not. Get a life ,enjoy sports for what theyare and quit criticizing people and things you really know nothing about

  23. ravensdominate:
    Hate to say it but does the word “putrid” cover it? Totally embarrassing. Especially after the Chargers were destroyed yesterday by that southern powerhouse (heavy on the sarcasm).

  24. Why do steeler fans talk? One word, scoreboard. What’s your record? Ah, that’s right, it’s worse than the Ravens. Now hush!

  25. Steeler fans talking after turning in a 7-7 record through 14 games! Hah! That’s truly the definition of an elite team. Wait wasn’t Ben supposed to take this team to the playoffs? That pick sure looked like all the problems were solved. Pathetic. So are there fans.

  26. This just goes to show how a great defense can hide some of the problems of an offense. When you are constantly getting the ball back with short fields Flacco looked good to great. But now the vaunted Raven’s D just isn’t what it once was and the offense just isn’t good enough to keep up.

    Like someone said earlier, he should have signed after that week one shelacking of Cincy, he has probably lost millions.

  27. Lots of Ravens fans on here blinded by Steeler hate. AFC is only a 2 horse race…Pats & Broncos. Right now, I think Bengals are better than both Ravens & Steelers. They could upset someone in playoffs, but doubtful they could win multiple games on road in playoffs.

  28. If the Flaccos feel 0-14, as a Chiefs fan I feel the league should disband the entire Chiefs organization. I’m too loyal to be smart enough to see that management simply doesn’t care. Guess it could be worse, I could like Hockey.

  29. Ben Roethlisberger and/or the Steelers have nothing to prove at this point – He/they have played in three Superbowls in the last eight seasons the most recent being only four seasons ago. The Superbowl is the epitome of the season – not the playoffs, not winning your division. By the time Ben had as much time in the NFL that Flacco has, he reached the Superbowl twice. It’s been twelve seasons since Baltimore appeared in the Superbowl. The Ravens are clearly lagging light years behind Pittsburgh and always will, especially as Flacco’s demise continues as it is.

  30. The Ravens panicked when they didn’t need to. Firing Cameron now was a bad move. They should have let it ride through the end of the year. They still can get it together. Win their last two and get into the playoffs on a high note. If they beat the Giants they will almost elimiate the Giants playoff chances.

  31. heydiddlediddlerayriceupthemiddle says:
    Dec 17, 2012 1:33 PM

    We’re about to make the playoffs 5 years in a row. Something no other team in the NFL has accomplished in that stretch.

    We’ll get healthy and hopefully put up a decent fight in the playoffs. The injury bug has plauged this season.
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    Don’t follow football close do ya? Patriots went to the playoffs in ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07. That’s 5 years in a row but I guess you’re not counting them?

  32. Flacco gets all of the blame when they lose and none when they win. The Ravnes ran the ball a lot in the second half of the Redskins game and still lost. The Ravens offense, under Cameron has a lot pass plays that are more difficult to complete when compared to the average NFL offense. Flacco doesn’t throw 6 yard pass plays 50 times a games like Tom Brady. Just look at the passes he asked complete in a typical game and you will see. This is the same guy who was one drop pass from the Superbowl a year ago. He’s not the best, but good enough to win it all!

  33. Hey the Broncos are good. Flacco has been awful and it’s evident. For what’s left of the defense I thought they played well the first half and that pick 6 changed it all. It’s a depleted group that caused some three and outs and was getting some decent pressure. Tough to put the blame on anyone but Joe, the quarterback for that showing.

  34. Typically,at this stage of the season when two potential playoff teams meet,the comment is “who wants it more”.With the Ravens and Giants,”it’s who wants it less”

  35. I don’t ever want to hear Joe Flacco compared to Matt Ryan again. While Matty Ice still has work to do, Joe Flacco is not even in the same hemisphere as Ryan. Flacco has not won playoff games – he has been on teams that have won playoff games in spite of him.

  36. I’m just happy that the whole Ryan vs Flacco argument can be settled. Unless you base QB skill soley off playoff wins (looking at you Stephen A.) but then in that case you’d have to believe that Tim Tebow’s better than Matt Ryan right? Or that Trent Dilfer is equal to Peyton Manning because they have the same number of rings. Yeah didnt think so.

  37. If I’m on the outside looking in,..which team do I want to take/purchase (take price tag out). It’s Steelers hands down:

    – Franchise QB – check
    – Quality coordinators – check
    – HC – check. JH is not fair behind MT, but JH acts too small at times. MT gets the nod.
    – Front office – check. it’s a real push though. Ozz and Colbert are good.

    Both defenses are aging. Ray is out of dances/fire brimstone speeches to save this.

    RR gets pushed around when he is asked to pass block and gets doubled teamed when he comes out of the backfiled…was Cam trying to addres that?…..why can’t JH fix that?

    It’s not even close.

  38. goodellisruiningtheleague says:
    Dec 17, 2012 4:04 PM
    heydiddlediddlerayriceupthemiddle says:
    Dec 17, 2012 1:33 PM

    We’re about to make the playoffs 5 years in a row. Something no other team in the NFL has accomplished in that stretch.

    We’ll get healthy and hopefully put up a decent fight in the playoffs. The injury bug has plauged this season.
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    Don’t follow football close do ya? Patriots went to the playoffs in ’03, ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07. That’s 5 years in a row but I guess you’re not counting them?
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    I think he was referring to the last five seasons, dating back to 2008.

  39. Flacco is not a very good quarterback but to be fair the ravens coaches are awful when it comes to playcalling. Ray rice was essentially nonexistent in the 4th quarter against the redskins. They could definitely try moving torrey smith around seeing as he is the only wr who can get some separation. They have no creativity in their offense whatsoever. Against a team with a bad secondary like the redskins the passing game can look good but no serious playoff team will be worried to play the ravens. For years they’ve coasted on offense bc their defense held the opposition and was good for some points pretty regularly. Now that they’re banged up on defense, the offense not being able to carry its own is more glaring than usual.

  40. The Cameron firing only made sense if they had a viable option to replace him…but they really didn’t. Their entire premise was “absolutely anybody can call plays better than Cam Cameron.” They seemed intent Sunday on disproving that.

  41. I don’t like the Ravens, especially since the Pats got robbed down there earlier this year, but, they have been devastated with injuries since then and that makes it hard to compete. I think Flacco is a pretty good QB going through a difficult time.

  42. Let’s face it: the AFC North ain’t what it used to be. Neither Joe Flacco nor Mike Wallace are going to get their big contracts; Ray Lewis and James Harrison are just a shell of what they once were. The Bengals have the best chance of winning in the playoffs.

  43. caseyinkc says:Dec 17, 2012 2:51 PM

    To all you complaining Ravens fans: The chiefs would gladly take a QB like Flacco. Please send him our way!

    This pretty much sums it up, we raven fans need to get a grip. just gotta win and it will get better!

  44. caseyinkc says:Dec 17, 2012 2:51 PM

    To all you complaining Ravens fans: The chiefs would gladly take a QB like Flacco. Please send him our way!

    Definetly a game of inches, Brady gets the benefit of the tuck rule and big time Vinatieri kicks. Roethlisburger rides a stacked team and bad officiating in 2005, Santonio Holmes great catch in 2008. The line between those who do and those who dont is razor thin. Joe is good enough to get us there IMHO but he definetly needs to step it up. I believe he is missing a great opportunity to take over this team.

  45. The defense stinks,the offensive line can’t give Flacco time to do anything. And it’s all flaccos fault. Amazing! The Ravens have been in the play offs 4 years in a row. Do you know how many teams don’t even know what a play off is! Then fans are spoiled and need to stand by there team and quit crying. They should be glad we even have a team!

  46. Won’t find any Ravens fans on here trying to build up their team. They are too busy repeatedly bashing the Steelers elsewhere. Hello. The Steelers aren’t the only team that lost Sunday.

  47. I think Flacco is a pretty good QB going through a difficult time.
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    It’s called a career.

  48. msstiller58 says: Dec 17, 2012 11:54 PM

    Won’t find any Ravens fans on here trying to build up their team. They are too busy repeatedly bashing the Steelers elsewhere. Hello. The Steelers aren’t the only team that lost Sunday.

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    What’s a Steeler fan doing here bashing other teams and why aren’t you somewhere else building up your own team? Shees.

    Ravens are in trouble. If they don’t figure out how to put it together and get momentum in the next two games it will be very difficult. I’m skeptical it can be done, there is just too much broken. I’m a Ravens fan.

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