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Suggs wants Flacco to drop more “F” bombs

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Yes, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has the hardware and the cold-hard-straight-cash-homey.  But is he ready to become a true franchise quarterback?  The kind of guy who acts like an unofficial member of the coaching staff, getting in guys’ faces when they screw up and/or periodically firing off a primal scream, Tom Brady-style, in order to keep his head from exploding, Scanners-style.

Linebacker Terrell Suggs wants to see Flacco act more like Brady and Peyton Manning, pissing and moaning and generally having tantrums when guys don’t show the same abilities and smarts as their on-field leaders do.

“Joe is just ‘Cool Joe,’” Suggs said upon arrival at training camp, via the team’s official website.  “Most of the time he’s not the most vocal.  But sometimes we may need that.   He may have to cuss somebody out.  He may have to cuss me out.  It’s good to hear your quarterback get after somebody sometimes.  I think it will be a good thing.”

Suggs suggested that Flacco has in the past been more passive-aggressive when it comes to making his points.  Suggs wants Flacco to be aggressive-aggressive.

“He has cussed me out before, but Joe knows how to do his little subliminal slick shots,” Suggs said.  “We’re looking for a little bit more direct. . . .  I’ve said it from the jump: We have a lot of leaders on this team.  I’m really looking forward to seeing Joe Flacco come into his own.  Be one of those premier, elite quarterbacks and talk to his team.  We’re definitely going to stand behind Joe, stand behind Haloti [Ngata] and hopefully they all stand behind me.”

The knock from some on Flacco is that he doesn’t seem to care enough.  Basically, Suggs is trying to get Flacco to care more.  Or to at least act like he does.

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68 Responses to “Suggs wants Flacco to drop more “F” bombs”
  1. bengcolt says: Jul 23, 2014 6:25 PM

    In other words…stop being soft.

  2. swortybounce says: Jul 23, 2014 6:28 PM

    Sizzle

  3. youtubeingravenvids says: Jul 23, 2014 6:28 PM

    Uh ohhhh. Time for people to over-exaggerate this story & say Flacco doesn’t care about his team in 3….2…..1….

  4. tedmurph says: Jul 23, 2014 6:28 PM

    Can’t make someone into something he isn’t.

  5. stillers213 says: Jul 23, 2014 6:31 PM

    His personality will dictate how he “leads”. If he tries to be someone he’s not, then it will not be effectively delivered. All people, in general, need to be themselves for their best chance of success.

  6. dowhatifeellike says: Jul 23, 2014 6:32 PM

    It’s good to be a fan of a team in which this is the most pressing issue on the day training camp opens.

  7. Cameronm says: Jul 23, 2014 6:32 PM

    Do it like Rivers, drop a bunch of Dangs, gosh-darnets, and shoots.

  8. westandwest3805 says: Jul 23, 2014 6:33 PM

    Carson Palmer was like that too, but he didn’t win like Joe has, which made it annoying. Flacco chilled all the way to a super bowl ring against SF. I wouldn’t change if I were Joe.

  9. daytonaken says: Jul 23, 2014 6:33 PM

    From a Ravens fan, here’s hoping Suggs will be a leader on defense.

  10. joejacks says: Jul 23, 2014 6:33 PM

    While Flacco is good he is not great.

  11. valentino8100 says: Jul 23, 2014 6:35 PM

    Feeling the vacuum of leadership and identity left by Ray-Ray’s departure, and rightly so. Flacco ain’t that.

  12. ahs2 says: Jul 23, 2014 6:35 PM

    “He can change and be vocal & direct, just like I did!!!”, never said Matt Stafford

  13. kd75 says: Jul 23, 2014 6:36 PM

    Tony Dungy disapproves…

  14. gerard33 says: Jul 23, 2014 6:37 PM

    No, you don’t “have a lot of leaders on this team”… that’s the problem.

  15. 52crabcakes says: Jul 23, 2014 6:37 PM

    Flacco reminds me of Johnny Unitas in the way Joe carries himself and I am fine with it. He has the same amount of rings as Peyton and way younger. I love “Joe Cool”.

  16. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 23, 2014 6:39 PM

    Well when I google “Cool Joe” all I get are references to “Joe Cool” of which Flacco is one of the listed entries, as are Joe Montana and Snoopy. What’s wrong with being like those guys?

  17. warhammer420 says: Jul 23, 2014 6:40 PM

    This is like a wife wanting a husband to change his personality. You get what you get. He is what he is. A person who’s been calm their entire life doesn’t just become a cussing lunatic all of a sudden. Unless they just had a nervous breakdown.

  18. blkmanwtan says: Jul 23, 2014 6:41 PM

    Wait… I thought real “leaders” don’t have tandrums. They are supposed to be professional at all times…

  19. keepongronking says: Jul 23, 2014 6:41 PM

    Joe fluko

  20. jda129 says: Jul 23, 2014 6:44 PM

    Judging by the picture he dropped a bomb and doesn’t like the smell of his own brand.

  21. allhailkingflacco says: Jul 23, 2014 6:45 PM

    Well , he cared enough to pull off something only Joe Montana has ever done in this league.

    And that’s good enough for me and the rest of my fellow Ravens fans.

    That’s all that really matters too.

  22. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 23, 2014 6:49 PM

    Super Bowl quarterbacks I never saw chew out a teammate: Kurt Warner, Steve McNair, Roger Staubach, Doug Williams, Joe Montana, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, and yes, Joe Flacco.

  23. justintuckrule says: Jul 23, 2014 6:51 PM

    Blah, Blah, Blah. That’s your job Suggs. QBs don’t need to be loud. He’s a gamer like Eli.

  24. rutchaser says: Jul 23, 2014 6:53 PM

    Being a Bengals fan I couldn’t care less about Flacco but I’d rather a QB be “cool Joe” instead of a pouty, Cutler who blames everyone else and throws tantrums.

  25. gargamelsmentor says: Jul 23, 2014 6:54 PM

    Actually Terrell, it’s the Ravens fans who will be dropping the f-bombs after the offense walks off the field from those countless 3-and-outs.

  26. gayforbrady says: Jul 23, 2014 6:55 PM

    Be like Brady? How can you just be like the coolest guy on the planet.

  27. infectorman says: Jul 23, 2014 6:56 PM

    smartest thing Suggs has ever uttered:

    be more like Brady, manning, et al.

    Cause ya’ll know he ain’t… in many more ways than one

  28. ravens2xworldchamps says: Jul 23, 2014 6:56 PM

    Joe Flacco and Terrell Suggs have one big thing in common..

    Super Bowl Champions

  29. infectorman says: Jul 23, 2014 6:59 PM

    Plus, Flacco hasn’t earned the respect of other players the way Manning and Brady have. He’d be overstepping his bounds if he acted like them.
    He just ain’t THAT good

  30. johnnyjagfan says: Jul 23, 2014 7:00 PM

    If Flacco tries to be something he’s not nobody in the locker room will buy it.

  31. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jul 23, 2014 7:03 PM

    Whos saying Flacco is soft? Thats not the same as apathetic or devil may care, which are legitimate accusations.
    Id say Flacco comes across like most freakishly tall men, in that hes kinda disinterested in those around him.

    Facts though:

    Flacco said something was “retarded”

    He told his team to rush the field in the SB if SF was to run it back

    As soon as the Ravens won and they put a camera in Flaccos face he dropped “an F-Bomb” Remember?

    That paints the picture of a kinda dont give a rats behind son of a gun. kinda cool imo

  32. surfinbird1 says: Jul 23, 2014 7:04 PM

    His agent: Not a problem but he’ll need a lot more money to do that.

  33. mackcarrington says: Jul 23, 2014 7:05 PM

    Suggs probably thinks Flacco should get arrested a couple of times too, so he has more “street cred.”

  34. kwjsb says: Jul 23, 2014 7:07 PM

    Want to motivate the Ravens?
    When they mess up waive a warrant at them and yell “FREEZE”

  35. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 23, 2014 7:15 PM

    Joe Montana’s clutch two-minute drives weren’t the only reason he was called “Joe Cool.” That described him for all 60 minutes, folks. In that regard, Flacco’s a lot like him, actually.

    - Titans Fan who lived in the San Francisco Bay area from 1985-90.

  36. bryantrulen says: Jul 23, 2014 7:18 PM

    If Joe Flacco screaming and swearing at his teammates forces them to play harder their season is already lost

  37. FoozieGrooler says: Jul 23, 2014 7:19 PM

    ..maybe he should print up some limp-wristed t-shirts, right Suggs?

  38. bryantrulen says: Jul 23, 2014 7:20 PM

    I guess Suggs is saying NFL players need extra motivation now and swearing at them does the trick

  39. kuantan97 says: Jul 23, 2014 7:23 PM

    Who do I want on my fantasy team? Brees, Manning, Brady. Who do I want in the playoffs? Eli, Ben and Flacco.

  40. justintuckrule says: Jul 23, 2014 7:31 PM

    Total myth that you need an “in your face” leader to win titles. Eli and Jeter are both lead by example guys and they got rings for days. Cool Joe’s the same.

  41. si1m says: Jul 23, 2014 7:32 PM

    He already dropped one F-bomb on national TV after he won the Super Bowl.

    You’ll get more of those don’t worry.

  42. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 23, 2014 7:37 PM

    Another year this season like last season, and you will hear plenty F bombs.

  43. rpiotr01 says: Jul 23, 2014 7:45 PM

    Advanced statistics, sabermetrics and studies by the best of the best at MIT have all shown that there is a direct correlation between high number of F-bombs dropped by the QB and championships won. That’s why Bart Starr was so successful, right?

  44. ravenswinsuperbowl47 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:11 PM

    Suggs is a clown. Tremendous sense of humor. It frequently loses its meaning when transcribed.

    I’ll take Flacco’s “passive-aggressive” leadership to 5 playoffs in 6 seasons, three AFC Championship games, one Super Bowl trophy, and, singularly, the best QB performance in the history of NFL playoffs. Brady, Manning, Rodgers and other fantasy darlings with limited playoff successes, notwithstanding.

  45. bengalguy says: Jul 23, 2014 8:12 PM

    Rather than Jumpballs

  46. chad504boy says: Jul 23, 2014 8:15 PM

    Joe knows he’ll get knocked out if he cusses at half of his team

  47. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 23, 2014 8:27 PM

    Joe showed little emotion upon hearing Suggs’ comments, but inside he was steaming. The thought went through his mind that, “Terrel should just go copulate with himself, and copulate with the horse he rode in on as well.”.

  48. 34defense2014 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:50 PM

    From a Ravens fan, here’s hoping Suggs will be a leader on defense.

    Very well said!! Very well said

  49. rocketcrab says: Jul 23, 2014 8:52 PM

    Good Lord, if Johnny U played today, people would be complaining about him like some are about Flacco.

  50. barbasol11111111 says: Jul 23, 2014 9:34 PM

    He’s right. Flacco comes off like a passive-aggressive doofus half the time. Regardless of your style, you have to be direct if you want to lead.

  51. goyzzo says: Jul 23, 2014 9:42 PM

    Joe wins…enough said

    Go Browns!!

  52. drewzducks says: Jul 23, 2014 9:48 PM

    Suggs suggested the same thing to Ray Rice but Ray mistook the “F” to mean fiancés.

  53. tebowislife says: Jul 23, 2014 9:52 PM

    Suggs needs to realize that Delaware ain’t Ball So Hard U.

  54. ravensbob says: Jul 23, 2014 10:16 PM

    Manning is 9-12 in post season…stay the way you are, Joe.

  55. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 23, 2014 10:34 PM

    “I’m really looking forward to seeing Joe Flacco come into his own. Be one of those premier, elite quarterbacks …”

    At least Suggs put to rest the nonsensical talk that Joe is a top tier QB. And I think Suggs should leave well enough alone. I can see it now – Joe getting in Steve Smith’s face, and Smith responding by punching him out cold, Rice-esque.

  56. Beryal says: Jul 23, 2014 10:48 PM

    Flacco is alittle soft, but pushing to be a Tom Brady is not going to benefit him. A leader needs to be sure of himself and trust in his team and in his abilities and apply neccary disciplinary actions where needed. Flacco can do it. He has his own style.

  57. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 23, 2014 11:28 PM

    Give me a break with the Joe Cool comments. Flacco is a slightly above average qb that was a product of a very good defense. Clearly he cant shoulder a team when their defense suffers which was evidenced last year. He just doesn’t have the “it” factor.

  58. patsfan1820 says: Jul 24, 2014 12:11 AM

    I don’t have a high opinion of Flacco I will admit that. However, I think the way he carries himself is fine. As a QB he’s ok not good or great but to be honest that’s all the Ravens need him to be. He’s the best QB the Ravens have ever had and he actually impressed me by winning a Super Bowl. Take that for what it is Ravens fans.

  59. campcouch says: Jul 24, 2014 12:12 AM

    As a grown man (Monday-Friday), I don’t need anyone to cuss me out or motivate me to do my job. The little lady may disagree on Saturday and Sunday, but if T-Sizzle needs to be yelled at so he can do what he’s paid to do, he should retire.

  60. xcflqb7 says: Jul 24, 2014 1:28 AM

    Since 2008 Flacco and the Ravens have 9 playoff wins – next best is 5 – nuff said

  61. coachbeck says: Jul 24, 2014 3:06 AM

    Wasn’t aware that f bombs were leadership.

  62. uglydingo says: Jul 24, 2014 4:20 AM

    Joe Flacco just has to be himself. Not all QBs have the intense personality of Tom Brady to be an unofficial member of the coaching staff. Tom is one of the greatest but is such a perfectionist and has such influence, that a WR making a route error is always in danger of being cut and the players know it. If Joe’s personality changed from Joe Cool to Joe Obnoxious it wouldn’t have the same effect. Besides, Steve Smith is now a Raven. There should be plenty of F-bombs for Suggs to hear.

  63. guitarkevin says: Jul 24, 2014 8:13 AM

    Just give Flacco and offensive line and I’ll be happy. Joe can pick apart any defense with adequate protection. And I respect the fact he doesn’t throw fits like a lot of QBs in the league.

  64. guitarkevin says: Jul 24, 2014 8:14 AM

    Furthermore, what is more frustrating to a defense? Not getting into a QBs head. Joe never lets a defense look like they are getting the better of him.

  65. ravensterpsarmystrong says: Jul 24, 2014 8:17 AM

    Just win! Everything else will take care of itself!

  66. axespray says: Jul 24, 2014 12:54 PM

    It’s tough to get in everyone’s face when you know, deep down – that you’re just piggybacking on a loaded team…

    joe cool is joe smart enough not to annoy the real reason why the team wins.

  67. patbetw says: Jul 24, 2014 2:06 PM

    F that!

  68. bcstiller says: Jul 25, 2014 1:17 AM

    Hey, his own dad said he’s basically boring as picking fly crap out of pepper—watches TV when home, grunts in response to queries. It’s who he is. Fire’s not there. Doesn’t mean he can’t win, obviously. But this is the team that fired their SB winning quarterback Trent Dilfer, also as exciting as dry toast. I’ll take competence over flash any day. The man goes to work and does his job well. And I hate the Ravens. Maybe y’all want Bubby Brister for some drama….

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