Flacco Takes The Next Step And Emerges As A Team Leader

I don’t know, there’s always going to be critics. Turn around, 10 weeks down the road, and something might happen, and okay, it’s back again. Who knows? For the time being, maybe, but I doubt it will last too long. – Joe Flacco

One thing is for certain. Joe Flacco, just like every other quarterback in this league, will have critics. But after yesterdays game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Flacco quieted some.

Flacco was 17 for 29 on the day, throwing for 224 yards and three touchdowns. But his stats weren’t what was important. His overall control of the offense is what stood out. Flacco’s leadership could be seen and felt by all who watched him torch the Steelers secondary. He was not only making good decisions, but showing great poise in the pocket which allowed him to evade the Steelers pass rush that only sacked him once.

I think he was very much in control of the game. I think he had a great understanding of their defense. He was probably a step ahead, in terms of just making the checks and getting us into the right plays the whole game. I thought he did a great job with that - Head Coach John Harbaugh on Joe Flacco’s performance

It seems as if Flacco has finally taken the next step that Ravens fans have been waiting for. Dismantling the league’s number one defense is something to be proud of and Joe Flacco did it with ease.

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Topics: Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco, Pittsburgh Steelers

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  • ltilley

    Did you go to the game? I was there and I found it very very very interesting (and a bit disappointing) that they decided to introduce the offense at the start of the game. I thought FOR SURE that they HAD to do the defense to have #52 come out of the tunnel last and do his routine to really pump up the crowd. What did you think of that decision?

    I understand what they were trying to do. Having Flacco be the last guy out of the tunnel sent the message that “here’s our guy. Here’s our leader. Here is the kid who will put this team on his back and carry the team as far as he takes them.” But I really was looking forward to see Ray Ray go crazy out of the tunnel.

    Hopefully, they’ll do the defense for the Jets game (which I’m lucky to be going to as well!)

  • EbonyBird

    @ltilley Unfortunately, I was unable to attend but I did notice that while watching it on T.V.. I saw Ray Lewis already on the field and scratching my head. It does make sense though. They’re handing the reigns to Flacco because they know that he’s their franchise player of the future. I think it’s a positive move that really shows what the Ravens organization thinks of Flacco. But you have to let Ray do his thing. He won’t be in this league that much longer so we should enjoy it while it lasts.

    I usually don’t go to Ravens games that often (kinda prefer watching them on T.V.) but seeing Ray Lewis come out of the tunnel is one of the most extraordinary and chilling events I’ve ever experienced. The crowd goes completely insane and it’s just a cool act to witness. I’ll always remember when Brian Billick was introduced after Ray in the Superbowl. He jokingly said “How do I follow that?” If you’re a Ravens fan, you must make an effort to see him do it before he retires. It’s one of those things you’ll tell your grandkids.

    I’ve got a couple of friends going to the Jets game as well. I would assume they’ll do the defense for that game because of Rex Ryan and all. Have you seen Ray Lewis do his dance before or were you just looking forward to seeing it again?

  • ltilley

    I completely understand the statement they were making and love it (after getting over my shock of not seeing that dance). I usually go to a couple games a year including the Steelers every season so I’ve seen it quite a few times. I would be dumbfounded if the starting D isn’t introduced against the Jets. They have to do it.

  • CarlFosterUK

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