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Joe Flacco would prefer Matt Elam had kept trap shut

Joe Flacco AP

As you might imagine, it didn’t take Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson to notice when somebody called him old.

And it took less time for Ravens safety Matt Elam’s teammates to light him up as well.

Elam got the ball rolling this week, claiming that Johnson was old, and thus susceptible to physical defense. To which Johnson replied by promising to show his old-man strength.

And then his teammates had their turn.

“You just kind of look at him and say ‘Dude, what are you thinking? It’s Calvin Johnson,'” Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said, on a conference call with Detroit reporters.

Flacco also said the Ravens took shots downfield at Elam all day in practice, to prepare him for what he’s likely to face Monday, when Johnson gets a chance to prove his strength in person.

It’s a good strategy, and perhaps Flacco can offer Elam advice on how to be dull at the right times.

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26 Responses to “Joe Flacco would prefer Matt Elam had kept trap shut”
  1. flaccodelic says: Dec 12, 2013 4:43 PM

    Although, all things being equal, that’s advice my boy Joe should also take himself a little more frequently.

  2. zam0854 says: Dec 12, 2013 4:45 PM

    In two years, Ravens fans will be crying at the fact that this dude gets paid like a Top 5 QB when numbers/production show otherwise.

  3. ravensterps says: Dec 12, 2013 4:46 PM

    Flacco gives the most honest interviews in the NFL.

  4. briang123 says: Dec 12, 2013 4:46 PM

    “Dude, what are you thinking? It’s Calvin Johnson.” That’s the best response to Elam’s idiocy possible.

  5. unbridledsexy says: Dec 12, 2013 4:57 PM

    *facepalm-Joe Flacco

  6. badmoonrison says: Dec 12, 2013 5:06 PM

    Flacco is smarter and a better QB than even Ravens fans give him credit for. Its Christmas time. Be thankful, fellow NFL fans.

  7. ravenswhat says: Dec 12, 2013 5:11 PM

    I love Joe. You guys can have your 4,500 yard qbs that wilt in the final moments of big games. I’ll take joe to war anytime. Dude is a straight up baller that gets it done when the chips are in the middle. See last week to be reminded of that.

  8. sidepull says: Dec 12, 2013 5:15 PM

    There should be no question as to why the term “baltimoron” exists.

  9. gbrown23 says: Dec 12, 2013 5:26 PM

    Haha the Doplhins,Jets,Titans, Steelers, and Chargers all disagree. Coming for that 6 seed Flacco lol

  10. RavenzGunnerz says: Dec 12, 2013 5:33 PM

    Just hoping this becomes Ravens v. Johnson.

    Johnson gets his yards, but the Ravens get the win.

    Isn’t that how the Lions are in a few words anyways? Explosive plays, but don’t know how to win.

    Good team on paper, but in reality, not so good.

  11. jmblosser82 says: Dec 12, 2013 5:41 PM

    Elam will regret his words, Megatron is a straight up beast. For once I agree with Flacco.

    It wasn’t so much Flacco was awesome last week as it was the pitiful Bikings defense. Ravens may be on a roll, but I expect the lions to get back on track, even if it’s only for 1 game.

  12. lionshawk says: Dec 12, 2013 6:13 PM

    If the Lions turn the ball over 4-5 times like they have over the 1-3 stretch they are in then the Ravens will win. If the Lions protect the ball then not many teams can hang with the points they can generate.

  13. nizzledizzleshizzle says: Dec 12, 2013 6:21 PM

    i want elam to keep his damn mouth shut! #teamravens!!

  14. dcstinks says: Dec 12, 2013 6:25 PM

    So did the rest of the NFC North.

  15. spd4r8trs says: Dec 12, 2013 6:31 PM

    All Hail Megatron!

  16. bst0423 says: Dec 12, 2013 6:44 PM

    Anyone with a name like “side pull”, should just shut up. Come on to Baltimore and run that mouth!

  17. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 12, 2013 8:42 PM

    “ELITE” joe flacco is one to talk.

  18. thereyougo2 says: Dec 12, 2013 9:07 PM

    Calvin Johnson getting upset. Maybe he’ll win something, sooner or latter.

    As for Flacco instead of critizing a teammate get behind him. World champions? Not this year.

  19. propertyofthebroncos says: Dec 12, 2013 11:14 PM

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!. Thanks ravenswhat, I needed a laugh.

  20. ravenssuperbowlchamps says: Dec 12, 2013 11:43 PM

    Yea “ELITE” is right. Just Bc he doesn’t put up Peyton manning numbers does not mean he’s not elite! Super Bowl MVP and out played Peyton and Brady in their house last year! Not to mention two game winning scores last week. Also not to mention the fact that he is the most winningest quarterback in the NFL since 2008. So to sum it up yes flacco is elite and it will show come Monday Night!

  21. dacoach333 says: Dec 13, 2013 6:03 AM

    Just win Baltimore!! signed Bear fans

  22. jimmyjames65 says: Dec 14, 2013 5:27 PM

    Leave it to the media to create a controversy. I’m sure Flacco is really worried about what Elam said. Give me a break! It looks like Johnson fell right into Elam’s trap. It’s a good strategy, and perhaps Flacco can offer Elam advice on how to be dull at the right times. I see NFCN players can’t seem to play 60 minutes of football.

  23. jimmyjames65 says: Dec 14, 2013 5:39 PM

    Joe Facco’s contract is Ozzie Newsome’s business. I’ll take Ozzie’s track record and Joe’s. Ravens are in playoff contention and in the driver’s seat (again). Where is Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers? Kaepernick has a good cast of talent around him. Remember Boldin. Ravens have had to rebuild and players are stepping up just in time for the playoffs. Joe definitely belongs in the same talk as Brady and Manning. Teams win SB’s. And those are your QB’s. I wonder if Carson Palmer can take the Cardinals to a SB? It’s anybody’s game. Ozzie Newsome’s Ravens make the playoffs every year. Get used to it.

  24. jimmyjames65 says: Dec 14, 2013 5:47 PM

    Stafford is playing QB, so Johnson won’t matter. I see some Lions secondary players aren’t fully healthy.

  25. jimmyjames65 says: Dec 14, 2013 5:50 PM

    Reggie Bush concerns me, even though he’s not 100%? But I think Rice has a good game, just like in Chicago.

  26. jimmyjames65 says: Dec 14, 2013 5:54 PM

    Do you think Detroit’s LB’s can match up with Pitta, Rice and Marlon Brown?

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