Flacco on Mason: "That's been over for a couple of weeks."

NFL_flacco3_250.jpgRavens quarterback Joe Flacco, who years before his birth was immortalized by the character of Bert on Sesame Street, met with the media on Monday for a pre-training camp Q&A.

And Flacco wasn’t exactly thrilled with questions regarding the status of Derrick Mason, the team’s No. 1 receiver.  For now, Mason is unofficially retired.

“You guys can’t leave that alone,” Flacco said of the most pressing topic surrounding the franchise, in comments forwarded to us by Aaron Wilson.  “That’s been over for a couple of
weeks.  I think everybody was surprised as you probably were.  I think we
all were.  I talked to Derrick about a week ago and it sounds like he’s
doing good.  We’re going to go out to practice tomorrow and get it
started.”

But Flacco also hinted that the situation isn’t as “over” as he suggested.

“He didn’t really sound too sure of himself, but I told him whatever
decision he makes is his decision,” Flacco said.  “I just let him know how much we want
him and how much he means to the team and stuff like that.  In no way
did I try to persuade him in any way.  I just wanted to make sure he
understood how much we appreciate having him around.  I don’t really
know.  I think he’ll probably talk to the coaches and whatever decision
he makes, he makes.”

Sheesh.  Are we talking about Derrick Mason or Brett Favre?

Actually, Mason might as well be Favre in his prime, as far as the Ravens are concerned.  Without him, they’ve got not much in the receiving corps.  As Peter King of SI.com points out in his back-from-vacation MMQB column, Mason’s absence leaves the Ravens with only one wideout who caught more than 15 passes last season — Mark Clayton (41).

So the delicate back-and-forth continues between the Ravens and Mason.  But if the team really wants Mason to change his mind, they’ll sweeten his contract.

Until then, Flacco will try to force a smile onto a mouth that, given the circumstances, might be even flatter than Bert’s.

“I don’t really worry about stuff like that,” Flacco said.  “We’re going to try our
best.  As long as we do that, we’ll be good.”

That sounds a lot like the Lions’ motto from 2008.

14 responses to “Flacco on Mason: "That's been over for a couple of weeks."

  1. “You guys can’t leave that alone,” Flacco said
    Seriously, what IS up with the media wanting to talk about football and who recently, surprisingly retired and stuff? They should really get a life, huh Joe?

  2. “Sheesh. Are we talking about Derrick Mason or Brett Favre?”
    I found some old 1999 year-in-review magazine laying around that I resurrected for some bathroom reading. And sure enough, there was a reference in there about how Reggie White retired and then later changed his mind to play another year with the Packers. And we all know he later un-retired again to play for the Panthers.
    Players do this all the time.

  3. Flacco: Why are you hounding me about old stuff? Leave it alone.
    30 seconds later…
    Flacco: Yeah, we were surprised, too. He didn’t really sound too sure of himself, but I told him blah blah blabbity blab yakkity yak talkity talk…
    *60 minute monologue that encompasses every possible varying aspect of Mason’s status ensues*
    Then…
    “But I don’t really worry about stuff like that…you know–petty stuff, like having a WR to throw the ball to…”
    (Mark my words–even before the Mason retirement, Ravens would’ve/will tank this year…it’s their natural pattern: good year, bad year, good year, bad year…you can almost set your watch to it…)

  4. bottom line, this is a business. this close to the season starting, and all this bs of maybe this and maybe that. let me help your decision for you. we all loved how you played hurt for the entire season last year, but its the bad things that stick out the most. doesn’t matter what you did last year, this is now. flip a coin and get it over with unless you want to white your face up so i can call you brett

  5. “That sounds a lot like the Lions’ motto from 2008.”
    Except the Lions didn’t go to the AFC championship the year prior…..
    “(Mark my words–even before the Mason retirement, Ravens would’ve/will tank this year…it’s their natural pattern: good year, bad year, good year, bad year…you can almost set your watch to it…)”
    Their natural pattern BEFORE they had a franchise quarterback

  6. Really Dewey? Because the NFL is so predictable. The Ravens do well when they aren’t favored and I don’t hear too many”experts” banging the Raven’s drum. Don’t forget the Raven’s won a superbowl behind Dilfer and Travis Taylor on the shoulders of they’re defense. Don’t sleep on this years defense because I think they are better than ’01. And Florio I have read this site for two years and have never felt compelled to register to make comments but comparing the Ravens to the Lions is the most assinine statement, I believe, you have ever made. And you’ve had some winners too.


  7. So the delicate back-and-forth continues between the Ravens and Mason. But if the team really wants Mason to change his mind, they’ll sweeten his contract.

    I can give the Ravens organization a few tips on ‘the delicate back-and-forth’ . I perfected that in my Volvo behind a Denny’s while I was at Delware.

  8. “That sounds a lot like the Lions’ motto from 2008.”
    Except the Lions didn’t go to the AFC championship the year prior…

  9. UniBrow say: “it’s over…til it ain’t over”…n we gonna try our bestest, as long as we do we’ll be good…no matter if other teams with more talent that try bestester beat us 3 times in the same season…..WOW!

  10. Hey, didn’t Flacco play Maggie’s nemesis on the Simpsons? Man, kids grow up so quick these days.

  11. Let’s see…. The Lions haven’t played a meaningful game in a decade and the Ravens are in the hunt for the playoffs every year to every other year. The Lions have never won a SB and the Ravens won their first (and won’t be their last) within 5 years of starting their history in Baltimore. The Ravens have Ozzie Newsome and the Lions have Matt Millen, oh yeah they finally fired him after a number of incompetent years. I could go on for another hour or so, but you get the point. That Florio, had to be one of the most stupid comparisons you have ever made. Get back on your Thorazine. Your blood levels must be running low.

  12. (Mark my words–even before the Mason retirement, Ravens would’ve/will tank this year…it’s their natural pattern: good year, bad year, good year, bad year…you can almost set your watch to it…)
    Except that was under Brian Billick – it’s a whole new game with Coach Harbaugh.

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