Ravens defenders see a more comfortable Joe Flacco

AP

The Ravens gave quarterback Joe Flacco a fat new contract this offseason that made him considerably wealthier while also increasing the pressure on him on the football field.

Flacco had a brilliant run during the postseason, throwing 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in four games as the Ravens won the Super Bowl. It was a big step up from the uneven play of past seasons and the contract extension he signed established that high level play as the expected one for the coming years. And Flacco will have to do that without Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta, which could raise stress levels even higher.

According to the players squaring off against Flacco in practice, just the opposite has been true. Flacco has been talking trash with members of the Baltimore defense, something that cornerback Lardarius Webb chalks up to Flacco being “more comfortable” this season while nose tackle Haloti Ngata sees the quarterback as “chill” while leading the offense. Linebacker Terrell Suggs agrees with both assessments.

“He’s shown that he’s always going to be ‘Cool Joe,'” Suggs said, via the team’s website. “Now he’s comfortable in his own skin that he can bark at the defensive guys.”

Flacco’s been sounding plenty confident on his own as well, which is pretty much what you’d expect from a player who just put the enormous feather in his cap that is a Super Bowl title. Those traits should stick around into the season and having a leader like that should make it easier for the Ravens to deal with their losses on offense.

43 responses to “Ravens defenders see a more comfortable Joe Flacco

  1. That smile is Joe laughing at all the tools on this site that have (and will continue to) put him down through the years.

    “5 years. 5 seasons I led my team to the playoffs, 3 to the AFC CHampionship and once to the Super Bowl where I was the MVP. Now I have 20 million per year and you can all suck on that! Say what you want, but you can’t take away my Super Bowl ring, my MVP or all this money!! Ha ha! It does not suck being Joe Flacco!!”

  2. The number two QB in Maryland can’t hold a candle to RG3. RG3 did more last year than Flacco has done in his entire career. Flacco is an immobile one dimensional QB who can’t go beyond his first read.

    HTTR.

  3. Wow, you just spit some knowledge Alper….I just hope you remain in the minority, because I want that chip on.my team’s shoulders to stay put. So let’s keep all the –ravens are done because of all the players they lost– mantra going. Ravensnation loves it .

  4. Good points jdfrox. It’s not just Joe though who gets hated by the fools that don’t know any better. It’s the ELITE QBs that win games over the opposing fans. Like logicail, (skins fan). He needs a geometry lesson. The skins are DC, train in VA and play in MD. No wonder he’s confused.

  5. logicailvoicesays says:
    Jul 29, 2013 3:38 PM
    The number two QB in Maryland can’t hold a candle to RG3. RG3 did more last year than Flacco has done in his entire career.
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    Wow, I did not realize that RG3 won 10 playoff games and 2 Superbowls last year…he really IS amazing Logical!

  6. @logicailvoicesays

    You’re right. RGIII was doing more than Flacco last year. That is until Ngata turned his knee into silly putty, and Joe went on to put up Montana-like numbers in the playoffs. The only Super Bowl the Redskins will be winning will be on Madden in your basement. At rookie level, of course.

  7. flacco 1st year afc champ game
    rgiii 1st year made playoffs out 1st round
    just going to keep further away each year.
    after 5 years rgIII will have no where near the wins flacco does…HTTR KEEP WISHING..

  8. “Flacco has been talking trash with members of the Baltimore defense”
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    I can confirm this as I was at a few of the practices and wrote down a few Joe’s barbs:
    – “Hey, where’s Ray Lewis? Nevermind, I see that McKinnie, Cody, Pierce and Jones ate him.”
    – “No boys, I’m not happy to see you this time, that really is $120M in my pocket.”
    – “Hey Webb, what are you doing out here, the bench is cool and needs some warming.”
    – “Hey Oz, what’s with all the WR burners, where’s my dang outlet!”
    – “Hey Rice, quit complaining or I’ll find someone else to lay out with a check-down?”

  9. I feel bad for all the fans that havent seen 5 straight playoff births, a Superbowl, and three conference championship games.

    It’s so much fun enjoying 3-4 more weeks of football each year. NFL wants an 18 game season, well when your a Ravens fan we get usually 19-20 game seasons hooray!

  10. Nice to know that, compared to Roethlisbooger, Flacco doesn’t spend the off season grousing about his OC or complaining about injuries that haven’t even occurred yet. A class act. Proud to have him as a Raven.

  11. Well we can’t take $50-something million away, but how many if you fans will back him if the teams dies a slide if 1-4 to end the season and almost blow the playoffs? I get the feeling we will see more if the inconsistent joe than the outstanding playoff run joe. Enjoy the ring your unlikely to see another joe

  12. “compared to Roethlisbooger, Flacco doesn’t spend the off season grousing about his OC or complaining about injuries that haven’t even occurred yet.”
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    Of course not, he has no time in between drafting his “I’ve got a lot of money” speech and making disparaging comments about the mentally challenged. Class act all the way.

  13. You can tell football season is getting closer. All of the Steelers trolls are suddenly starting to feel brave once again. Of course this will only last until either 1) Joe starts the season on a hot streak, or 2) the Steelers play up to their expectations and hang around 3rd in the division looking up at Baltimore. Then they’ll just start blaming bad luck on their end and good luck on our end. Unfortunately for them, they STILL think we are rivals, when the truth is that the Pats are more of a rivalry these days. They actually make the playoffs every year with us, we play them just as much, and their fans actually know how to admit defeat instead of blaming everything else for their failures.

  14. nickster31 says:
    Jul 29, 2013 3:41 PM
    REAL easy to talk trash to defenders when they are on your team, and you are wearing a red jersey so they can’t touch you.
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    They should hand that red jersey out to girls when they go into Pitt bathrooms too…..

  15. Ravens finally get over the hump after 5 straight playoff appearances and losing 2 out of 3 AFC title games and they think they have the best franchise. Yes the steelers are down, even in the middle of rebuilding/reloading they can still compete for the playoffs. And the head to head rivalry has the steelers on top, at home and away, and in the playoffs. Can not wait for the ravens go back to the down years cause it seems no one in Baltimore seems to remember.

  16. I’ve said it a million frickin times: Jim Caldwell > Cam Cameron. Its no coincidence that Brees and Rivers became much better statistical QBs once Brees left San Diego and Cam left Rivers in SD later. Watch and see haters.

  17. And are you really defending River’s play, he underachieved before and after Cam, if I remember correctly he’s thrown more INTs the last 2 seasons then the total fir the rest if his career.

  18. jm…joe has been inconsistent. you arent wrong about that. and like ben he had a lot of help from his defense the first 3 years. and in the steeler games last year he wasnt good. but i dont see how you can discredit his improvement in the 2011 playoff run when he had the team in position to win if not for a dropped pass. i understand these things happen…not making excuses. he also totally carried the team in the playoffs last year. 11 tds and 0 ints dont lie. you talk about him disappearing in the 2nd half of the superbowl. ok…lots of weird stuff happened that day. if we play your favorite game, what if the lights dont go out…that game is more than likely a ravens blowout. point is he is very good and getting better and i would take him in a minute over ben at this stage of bens career. he is younger, a lot less beat up, and a proven winner

  19. When half your throws are jump balls to double covered receivers, what’s to get nervous about? It’s not like he’s concerned about reading the defense because he doesn’t do that anyway.

  20. Stats put him at the top if the middle if the pack. To the what if the lights don’t go out, both teams had equal time to evolve the game plan, SF just did a better job, and came up just short of coming back. Let this season play out, losing his top 2 targets, especially his 3rd down targets will hurt. I wouldn’t expect another 4&29 miracle. As good as Suggs can be, he can’t be half the leader lewis was.

  21. Stats put him at the top if the middle if the pack. To the what if the lights don’t go out, both teams had equal time to evolve the game plan, SF just did a better job, and came up just short of coming back. Let this season play out, losing his top 2 targets, especially his 3rd down targets will hurt. I wouldn’t expect another 4&29 miracle. As good as Suggs can be, he can’t be half the leader lewis was. The d-backs should be fine and the d-line is improved, I wouldn’t expect them higher then the 8th overall. Even if leach comes back offense will be an uphill struggle now.

  22. Of course not, he has no time in between drafting his “I’ve got a lot of money” speech and making disparaging comments about the mentally challenged. Class act all the way.

    What’s the matter Crown? Flacco say a disparaging comment about you?

  23. well i guess we will see. as far as the lights, if you dont think that was a momentum changer, i dont know what to say. but it happened and the ravens won. niners fell short, didnt get the job done. as far as this year goes i would be willing to bet the ravens offense will be better than the steelers offense. ravens were 10th in scoring last year with that so called mediocre qb. and your so called superstar broke 23 points once, against oakland..a team the ravens put 55 on

  24. scoobie……..Steelers put 23+ points against 10 teams last year (Jets, Raiders, Titans, Bengals, Giants, Redskins, RAVENS, Chargers, Cowboys and Browns with Ben only missing Ravens game (HA HA)), so please tell me where you got your misinformation?

  25. sorry…i was wrong. steelers put up 27 on the jets in a win, 31 on oakland in a loss, 24 in cinci in a win, 27 on washington in a win, 24 on the ginats in a win, 24 on baltimore in a win, 24 on san diego in a loss, 24 on dallas in a loss, and 24 on cleveland in a loss. they were 21st in offense.
    ravens broke 30 5 times and 2 more times in the playoffs and were 20 to 30 5 more times, including twice in the playoffs. ravens scored 62 more points than pitt and gave up only 30 less. nfl does total offense and defense by yards(which is silly). its about points.

  26. There is scoring defense, steelers had the 6th best scoring defense. They fad the overall #1 defense and don’t expect that to slip much thus season. And didn’t the texans steamroll the ravens 2 weeks before the raiders got steamroll…another product if inconsistent joe.

  27. @illogical- if you actually believe that joe doesn’t go past his first read, you have shown the entire PFT world just how football ignorant you really are. Go watch your high school JV football team that plays in Raljon, MD and learn a little about the game.. When you understand gap assignments, option reads, and the difference between a 46 defense a 3-4 and a 4-3 then come back and talk.. There, that’s your first 9th grade assignment for the year.

  28. Scoobies05 is one of the few decent Ravens fans on here. By that I mean realistic, and not full of bragging and unwarranted insults. So kudos to you, dude.

    I’m not a huge fan of either QB’s personality or calling them elite, but the fact is that Flacco has led a top 10 offense in points scored twice, and in a 4 year longer tenure as a starter, BR has never ever done that, not even once. Not even with top 5 defenses almost every year in the league in his tenure (unlike what Flacco has had recently). And I have to give credit to Flacco for his play in the playoffs this year. BR has never had an entire playoff run that good, ever. A QB’s main job is to get his team into the EZ. Flacco is better at that than BR, no question.

    You don’t need an elite QB to win SBs anyway. You just need to have a good enough one who plays well in the spots you need him to. Who cares if they are elite? All tat matters is what they do to help or hurt your team in obtaining rings.

  29. finallythevoiceofreason says:
    Jul 29, 2013 6:52 PM
    scoobie……..Steelers put 23+ points against 10 teams last year (Jets, Raiders, Titans, Bengals, Giants, Redskins, RAVENS, Chargers, Cowboys and Browns with Ben only missing Ravens game (HA HA)), so please tell me where you got your misinformation?
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    Remind us how many of those games they won again?

  30. back at ya ckl…and i think the major issue when people look at qbs like joe and ben is fantasy football. neither qb puts up overwhelming stats but they are the qbs of winning teams which is all that matters. i think both qbs can manage a game and can also take over and win when needed. joe has led better offenses, ben has been to more super bowls and both qbs have chapters yet to be written

  31. Yawn. Again, how much is Flacco’s contract worth if not for Jones returning that kick saving Joe from being the biggest choker in Super Bowl history. Instead of being voted the so-called “MVP.” Come to think of it, how much is Flacco’s contract worth if not for Rice taking a one-yard dump-off and turning it into a 4th down conversation that needed to be 29 yards?

    I noticed nobody wants to answer that one… still.

    Spare me the ” all Joe’s accomplished” comments, please.

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