Ed Reed thinks Joe Flacco has grown as a man


Ravens safety Ed Reed raised some eyebrows during the playoffs when he was critical of quarterback Joe Flacco’s play in a victory over the Texans.

Reed accused Flacco of getting “rattled” by the Houston defense and said he thought Flacco didn’t have a grasp of the offense. A little firestorm bubbled up after Reed’s comments, but the two players put it to rest quickly and moved on to a close lose in the AFC Championship Game. Reed’s words lingered during the offseason as Flacco and the Ravens talked about a contract extension that some others believed was unwise given Flacco’s struggles at points in 2011.

Flacco hasn’t gotten a new contract, but he and his wife did welcome a son during the offseason. Reed thinks that life change has had a positive impact of the Baltimore quarterback.

“He has a lot more on his plate off the field. That makes you grow as a man. So, it makes you deal with things differently. It makes you lead in the locker room a lot differently,” Reed said, via Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. “If you sit around and talk with Joe, you know a lot more about him. You know he is a lot calmer and a lot cooler. We all get shaken at some times, that’s football, but Joe is going to always come back. He is a fighter. He is a guy that you want taking that snap at the end of the game leading your team to go into that final drive to win the game.”

One way that Flacco is leading differently, according to John Clayton of ESPN, is by being more assertive with the coaching staff about what he thinks the offense should be doing. Not surprisingly, the quarterback wants the team to be more aggressive throwing the ball. That would be a change from years past in Baltimore, but, according to Reed, they’ve got a different guy leading the offense this time around.

13 responses to “Ed Reed thinks Joe Flacco has grown as a man

  1. You can’t say you don’t care when you took the time to click on the link, go to the comment section, log in, and comment about how your dont care.

  2. Given that the guy has managed to stay reasonably healthy in his NFL career, made it to the playoffs every year of his career, would have made the SB on a gorgeous pass to Lee Evans that should not have been dropped, it is a wonder to me why he draws so much criticism.

    All the dude does is win. And he has done so at an historic rate for QB’s in their first 4 years in the NFL.

    I wish the media would just leave him alone and allow him to do what he does best. We here in Bmore are thrilled to have Joe Flacco as our QB. Here’s hoping he stays for another 10 years.

  3. You go, Joe. Get on those coachs’ asses and call the plays you want to run.

    I miss the good old days when the QB called his own plays.

  4. One morning Flacco woke up, took a hard look at himself in the mirror, and said…”Why didn’t anyone tell me I had a unibrow!”

  5. Reed wasn’t the only one critical of Flacco’s play after the playoff game against the Texans, it seemed like everyone on the face of the Earth was. And what does he do? Completely outplays “The Golden Boy” himself the next week, in the AFC Championship Game and nearly won it.
    After painful years of having nothing but sh*t for a QB in Baltimore with the likes of Boller, Redman, and Grbac, just to name a few, it always baffles me about people being critical of him, especially people herein Baltimore. Yeah he’s no Brees or Rodgers but…HE’S THE BEST QB THE RAVENS HAVE EVER HAD! So stop it already with the criticism, even you Ed, and let him do his thing and lead Baltimore to the playoffs again this year.

  6. I feel bad for Flacco. He is the most critized player in the NFL, bar none, and he deserves almost none of it. He is as quiet and unassuming as any player in the NFL, and whenever he does say something the media twists it out of context and throws it back in his, and our faces i.e. the “best QB in the NFL” thing.

    Flacco has never thrown more than 12 INTs in a season, yet Ben and Eli have led the league in INTs before, and no one bats an eye. He’ll have one horrible game a year (ex Bengals 2010) and you people judge his whole season off that one game. He is playing with WRs and TE’s who drop passes and struggle to get open, as well as a vanilla offense. He’s had new faces at every posisition every year. Yet he keeps winning, and while his stats aren’t outstanding they are respectable. Look at his 2010 season, those were pro bowl stats.

  7. If you compare their numbers flacco and Roethlisberger have damn near the same stats.

    Roethlisberger – 114 games, 26579 yards (233.1/game) 165 TDs, 100 INTs, 63.1 cmp%, 38 fum, 92.1 QB rating

    Flacco – 64 games, 13816 yards (215.9/game) 80 TDs, 46 INTs, 60.8 cmp%, 28 fum, 86.0 QB rating

    At his current pace if flacco played the same number of games as roethlisberger (114) he would have 24610 yards, 142 TDs, 82 INTs and 50 fum

  8. “He is a guy that you want taking that snap at the end of the game leading your team to go into that final drive to win the game.”

    Having a clutch ball distributer at the helm is important, but sometimes it seems that teams that come very close to success run the risk of boxing themselves into small-minded thinking.

    Think outside the box people. A clutch QB is good. A QB that consistently puts your team at a safe distance and minimizes the need for last-minute heroics is gold.

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