Joe Flacco expects to win and thus end questions about Lamar Jackson

AP

Joe Flacco intends to keep his job, which means playing well and winning. Neither has happened in recent seasons, a reason the Ravens used a first-round pick on Lamar Jackson.

But Flacco expects both to happen this season.

The questions directed at Flacco about Jackson began the day the Ravens drafted the former Heisman Trophy winner. They continued Friday when Flacco spoke at training camp, but he doesn’t expect Jackson to become a regular topic of conversation during the season.

“No, I don’t because I think we’re going to win and we’re not going to hear about it,” Flacco said, via Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic.

The Super Bowl XLVII MVP has gone only 20-22 the past three seasons with no playoff appearances. Flacco, 33, has never earned Pro Bowl honors.

Talk around the Ravens has indicated that Flacco is “energized” this season, but Flacco didn’t exactly embrace that notion when asked about it.

“Does it matter what I say? You guys are gonna [say] it comes from Lamar [being here] anyway,” Flacco said.

He insists his approach and his work ethic remain unchanged, because “I come in this building, and I work.”

Safety Eric Weddle, who has spent the past two seasons in Baltimore, is buying what Flacco is selling.

“I expect Joe to have a career year,” Weddle said.

Flacco’s season bests are a 64.9 completion percentage in 2016, 4,317 passing yards in 2016, 27 touchdowns in 2014 and a 93.6 passer rating in 2010.

18 responses to “Joe Flacco expects to win and thus end questions about Lamar Jackson

  1. For the money that the Ravens paid Flacco (and got screwed), it shouldn’t take a rookie nipping at his heels for him to bring his “A-game” each and every week. That goes for any

  2. He’s made 20 some odd a million for the last couple of years, and produced nothing. He and the HC are feeling the heat. They both act like children.

  3. Flacco ain’t did squat since Ray Lewis hung his hat, and since Anquan Boldin left B’more (Baltimore).

  4. If the referee Vinovitch hadn’t screwed the Broncos in that playoffs against the Ravens, Flacco wouldn’t have gone to win the SB and sign a big contract right after. I’m sure Flacco sent Vinovitch a thank you note and a big check.

  5. “ELITE” joe flacco is overrated and is not worth the money…
    … but… his receiving and tight end corps is deep and loaded.

    I expect him to have a good season (if he and the players that “prop him up” stay healthy).

  6. wallabear says:
    July 20, 2018 at 3:47 pm
    Flacco ain’t did squat since Ray Lewis hung his hat, and since Anquan Boldin left B’more (Baltimore).

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    It’s a good thing you pointed out what B’more means in an article about the Ravens I don’t think any of us would have figured it out.

  7. Better keep an eye on that rear view mirror. Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.

  8. Flacco leads one of the more boring, predictable offenses in the league, bar none. Jackson will definitely see the field at the end of another 12 for 27 150 yard 2 int Flacco stinker he’s known to have.

  9. His contract doesn’t see huge compared to when he signed after the Super Bowl. The GM’s instincts and judgment were right by not signing a long-term deal before the Super Bowl season. The team knew he wasn’t worth what he was asking and then he was motivated to play for his money. After he won the Super Bowl, in my mind, I still thought signing him was the wrong move.

    This situation reminds me of LT at the end of his career with Michael Turner tearing it up behind him. I remember thinking that the Chargers should have traded LT right after that huge season he had and cash in on some big draft picks because he was going to run out of gas and run with Michael Turner. Moving on from Flacco or trading LT would be gutsy moves but sometimes we have to go with our guts.

  10. “Does it matter what I say? You guys are gonna [say] it comes from Lamar [being here] anyway,” Flacco said.

    He’s right. There is way too much attention to the non-QB controversy. I used to hate Trump blaming the media for creating stories but I see it right here, right now.

  11. cruester says:
    July 21, 2018 at 11:23 am
    His contract doesn’t see huge compared to when he signed after the Super Bowl. The GM’s instincts and judgment were right by not signing a long-term deal before the Super Bowl season. The team knew he wasn’t worth what he was asking and then he was motivated to play for his money. After he won the Super Bowl, in my mind, I still thought signing him was the wrong move.

    This situation reminds me of LT at the end of his career with Michael Turner tearing it up behind him. I remember thinking that the Chargers should have traded LT right after that huge season he had and cash in on some big draft picks because he was going to run out of gas and run with Michael Turner. Moving on from Flacco or trading LT would be gutsy moves but sometimes we have to go with our guts.

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    There is only one LT. And it is not the one you think it is.

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