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Joe Flacco on Johnny Manziel: I think we’ve all seen the middle finger before

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Titans safety Bernard Pollard’s sensibilities were offended by Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel unleashing his middle finger at the Redskins bench during Monday night’s game, but one of Pollard’s former teammates with the Ravens thinks Pollard and other critics of Manziel’s gesture are making much ado about nothing.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said he has flashed the offending digit over the course of his career, including at Terrell Suggs during a recent practice, because people react emotionally when they’re hearing trash talk on the field. While Flacco says “you want to limit to the point where no one else sees it,” he also thinks that those expressing outrage about Manziel’s gesture should take a deep breath.

“I think we’ve all seen the middle finger before,” Flacco said, via Cleveland.com. “We should get over it.”

Manziel’s use of the finger would have been a story regardless of how he played against Washington and there’s no doubt that a quarterback has to keep his composure under fire, but the reaction would have been a lot less intense if Manziel had played well during the game. Then the majority of the discussion would have been on giving Manziel the starting job, which suggests that Manziel’s immediate focus should be on performing better rather than questions of on-field decorum.

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45 Responses to “Joe Flacco on Johnny Manziel: I think we’ve all seen the middle finger before”
  1. ctiggs says: Aug 20, 2014 7:48 AM

    Flacco is terrible. Stole our ring, and stole money from the ravens. #nobodyhasitbetter

  2. guitarkevin says: Aug 20, 2014 7:49 AM

    And people still hate on Joe.

  3. jetsfmleveryday says: Aug 20, 2014 7:51 AM

    About time someone said something that makes sense…

  4. flash1287 says: Aug 20, 2014 7:54 AM

    And little Steven will bill giving it to you all season when you’re throwing all those punts over his head!

    Say it ain’t so, sorry a$$ overrated and way way over paid JUMP BALL JOE!

    32nd ranked QB in the NFL lay season.

    #moneywellspent

  5. qdog112 says: Aug 20, 2014 7:58 AM

    No big deal unless the right person does it. Manziel gets a pass for all the reasons listed the last time he got a pass.

    That middle finger was predictable and fits his character or lack there of. Fine him and move on, but don’t forget, the defiant Manziel told us all, he’s not gonna change.

    What he failed to account for is that NFL defenses won’t either. They will punish him with a little something EXTRA.

  6. denverdude7 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:01 AM

    Johnny Manziel’s latest foul-up is just part of the general meltdown soon to come.

    He is beginning to realize his game will not translate well to the NFL and he is destined to be a career back-up at best and Ryan Leaf II at worst.

    Cleveland’s fans deserve better.

  7. DaveKShape says: Aug 20, 2014 8:04 AM

    I kind of agree with him. I understand that parents should be able to watch the game with their kids and not have to worry about their wee ones imitating idiocy, but I think “Don’t Do What Johnny Manziel Does” should be the credo of every responsible parent in the country.

  8. laxer37 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:04 AM

    Looking at his stats last season, Flacco kind of gave the Ravens the finger after they went and gave him all that money.

  9. 87hollywoodhorn says: Aug 20, 2014 8:05 AM

    Wise Words J-Flacc. But you flash middle fingers and win record numbers of playoff games and a SB. Manziel flips the bird while getting owned by that ghoul Jim Haslett and looks like he is too small to play qb in the nfl. So with Flacco its cool, with Manziel its funny.

  10. 87hollywoodhorn says: Aug 20, 2014 8:07 AM

    6’6″ Superbowl winner flipping the bird= cool, potentially intimidating.
    5’10″ Cleveland Browns player(loser) flipping the bird= funny.

  11. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 20, 2014 8:08 AM

    He’s right. If you’re offended by it you probably live in a plastic bubble inside your bedroom while watching Sponge Bob Square Pants all day.

  12. dissed215 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:11 AM

    Thank you, Joe Flacco for being the voice of reason. Look at it this way, a finger is just a finger. That is not whats offensive….it’s what it stands for, what it means.

    Experiment: Have a football player say that whenever he taps his helmet twice it means the exact same thing as giving the middle finger. Does anyone actually think that there would be one lick of outrage if that player did the double helmet tap during the next weeks game? No. Why not? He just told you it meant the same thing as the middle finger.

  13. daytonaken says: Aug 20, 2014 8:13 AM

    Perhaps a learned rookie lesson.

  14. infectorman says: Aug 20, 2014 8:21 AM

    Jump ball ain’t no Mensa candidate, that we all know, but he has a point.

    But Manziel, with his outlaw bada$$ behavior hasn’t earned even a sliver of the benefit of the doubt.

    Crackin during his 2nd PRESEASON game.? Damn!
    Boy better manup cause he these men on ain’t playin.

    He’ll be blown up and DL’edby his 3rd Reg Start, if that even comes

  15. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Aug 20, 2014 8:23 AM

    It isn’t the finger that is concerning. The lack of mental toughness that resulted in a one-finger salute is what should frighten Browns fans.

  16. daaabears says: Aug 20, 2014 8:24 AM

    If he had played well, he would not have given the finger. Duh.

  17. valentino8100 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:27 AM

    Flacco, if I didn’t watch football with my kids, you can be sure I’d be showing you plenty of salutes. As it is, I’d like to be able to count the NFL as being the G-rated affair it has always been, at least for my 5 year old.

  18. TheDPR says: Aug 20, 2014 8:28 AM

    I, for one, am glad Joe Flacco has weighed in on this very important issue. I didn’t know what to think about Johnny before. Thanks Joe!

  19. reesesteel23 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:28 AM

    Yea yea yea keep making excuses for the kid. That’s exactly why he is the way he is. People keep making excuses for him and ultimately he never sees anything wrong with his actions.

  20. chalkruz1989 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:28 AM

    Thanks for keeping it real Mr. Flacco.

    I see the middle finger every day on my commute to work. No big deal really.

  21. footballfan72 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:34 AM

    With his underwhelming performance last year I’m sure he saw it alot. #Overpaid

  22. octobersown252 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:44 AM

    Finally! A grown man in the NFL that isn’t offended by everything. 99% of NFL players or fans have flipped the bird or seen it flipped before. Let’s see if we can move on now

  23. 2blingluvinit says: Aug 20, 2014 8:47 AM

    I believe Kyle Boller flipped off Joe on his way out the door.

  24. gayforbrady says: Aug 20, 2014 8:47 AM

    I am glad flacco got paid when he did because he will never achieve greatness again.

  25. mmmpierogi says: Aug 20, 2014 8:52 AM

    Not about having seen someone given the middle finger before.

    It’s about how the guy couldn’t even get through a meaningless preseason game without living up to people’s expectations of him having the maturity level of a 12 year old, which seem pretty warranted given his behavior since being drafted by the Browns.

  26. jagsandliquor says: Aug 20, 2014 9:00 AM

    Finally

  27. reesesteel23 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:01 AM

    Sure we can move on but stop down-playing it like this is something you see on the regular during primetime football games. You’re making excuses like everyone else for this Grown Man.

  28. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:02 AM

    The Steelers are on a whole other level. Walk with us.

  29. barbasol11111111 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:08 AM

    The stuff they say to each other on the field that we don’t hear has to be 10,000x worse than an extended digit.

  30. abninf says: Aug 20, 2014 9:13 AM

    I don’t care about a middle finger, at least he wasn’t flipping off a fan as we’ve seen with others. I don’t care about him sleeping with Penthouse pets in Vegas during his off time. I would like to do that. His coke snorting is what turned me off.

  31. brocattosbasement says: Aug 20, 2014 9:13 AM

    Let he who has never flipped the middle finger cast the first stone.

  32. raveallday says: Aug 20, 2014 9:14 AM

    Yeah u can bash flaccos all day as u like, but d guy as already achieved in d nfl n got his family set for life. Why worry about a man with great success??

  33. it's all bs says: Aug 20, 2014 9:17 AM

    That finger was the best part of the game….kid’s got heart.

  34. oakfolk says: Aug 20, 2014 9:23 AM

    No adult was offended by it. It’s the kids that doesn’t need to see it.

  35. xbam1 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:38 AM

    I agree with Joe I’m over it…I’m also over spending a crap load of MY money on the NFL….and OUR local goverments should also get over spending OUR local tax dollars supporting the NFL as well…

  36. nflfan22 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:42 AM

    What kind of bubble do patents keep their kids in these days? A middle finger is basically meaninglessness, and most if you would have missed it completely if it wasn’t replayed over and over again. Would you rather he started head butting and punching people? Quit trying so hard to be offended. It’s no way to live you’re life.

  37. propertyofthebroncos says: Aug 20, 2014 11:08 AM

    This is not a matter of whether or not anyone has seen the middle finger before. He is a professional (I use the word loosely of course) and should be expected to act professional on the field. Acting like a child and flipping off the other side line is no where near professional and he should be punished for it and shown he cannot get away with whatever he wants just because the media is making a big deal out of him. He will blow it like Tebow.

  38. dalcow4 says: Aug 20, 2014 12:11 PM

    Gotta like Flacco whether you’re a Ravens fan or not– he calls bs bs and tells it like it is.

  39. realfootballfan says: Aug 20, 2014 12:28 PM

    Joe’s like, this guy is good for 2 Baltimore wins a year as long as they keep him as the face of their franchise.

  40. burndownhottopic says: Aug 20, 2014 12:58 PM

    This guy is the coolest dude in the NFL. I guarantee the people that hate him would love him off the field. Winner and a hell of a sense of humor.

  41. ravenswhat says: Aug 20, 2014 1:30 PM

    What now?

  42. ravens2xworldchamps says: Aug 20, 2014 2:24 PM

    Classy Joe. Super Bowl XLVII MVP

  43. jacktheraven says: Aug 20, 2014 2:31 PM

    That’s why he’s Cool Joe. Everyone needs to chill.

  44. zibet says: Aug 20, 2014 9:08 PM

    Pollards hit in the picture explaining his “dirty hits” is a clean hit?! Dude is not a cheap shot artist he literally just hits guys so hard the league hates it.

  45. cincyalldaway says: Aug 21, 2014 4:09 PM

    “I think we’ve all seen the middle finger before,” Flacco said, via Cleveland.com. “We should get over it.”
    =====================================
    I’m sure you’re an authority on Joe, especailly after fleecing that organization then tanking the season the way you did! Keep up the good work son! Oh yeah, on the eyebrow thing, there really should be two. Get that lined up will ya!

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