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costanza2k1
05-12-2009, 09:33 PM
Don't know about you guys but some of this guy's comments irked me a bit:


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Q&A with Joe Flacco

May 12, 2009 12:30 PM

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Just one year ago, Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens was a rookie third-string quarterback coming from a small-school program at the University of Delaware.

But he found instant success in 2008 at the league's most difficult position, and now he is one of the NFL's fastest-rising quarterbacks.

AP Photo/Gail Burton
Ravens QB Joe Flacco says he isn't concerned about the dreaded sophomore slump.

Whether it's popularity or expectations, a lot has changed for Flacco heading into his second season. During Baltimore's full-squad minicamp, Flacco sat down with ESPN.com to discuss, among other things, avoiding the sophomore jinx, his brother's quest to reach the major leagues, and the importance of beating the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Joe, I noticed Ray Lewis trash-talks you and the offense for two hours in practice, then he will come in the locker room and pat you on the back or wrap his arm around you with a big smile on his face. What kind of relationship do the two of you have?

Flacco: I think the way Ray is with me is the way he is with everybody else on the team. He's been a leader of this football team for a while. We're able to joke around with him, and he's also able to be serious. I think the whole defense makes your game better, because they're all so good at what they do.

You avoid the spotlight and endorsements more than most NFL quarterbacks. Why?

Flacco: I have no idea. I don't think I purposefully try to avoid it. I think that's just the way I am. What I choose to do reflects who I am. I don't get too many [endorsements]. But there are certain things that I enjoy doing, and there are certain things that I don't really need to be bothered with. It's a case-by-case thing. I'm sure if I continue to do well, I will get a little bit more and will have to make more decisions on some things. But right now, I really don't get that much. I'm still young and I'm still early in my career.

So you don't see yourself eventually advertising products like other quarterbacks, maybe a cologne ad in GQ magazine?

Flacco: (Laughs) Nah. I'd be very embarrassed. It would probably be awkward for me to do that. I have no idea what's going to happen 12 years from now. But right now I'd probably be embarrassed to do that kind of thing.

When you watch other NFL quarterbacks, what do you look for that makes them successful?

Flacco: It's being able to stand in the pocket and make good decisions. It's pretty much pocket movement and avoiding the pressure, while on the same end being able to make good decisions and not throwing interceptions to put your team in bad positions.

You and Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons will forever be linked as the two first-round quarterbacks in the 2008 draft. What do you see in him in terms of similarities and differences?

Flacco: I didn't get a chance to watch him too much. But they had a great year down there. Obviously he has a lot of confidence, which I like to believe I do. He's accurate, he's willing to stand in there, and he made a lot of good decisions. Those are all the things you need to have in order to be a good quarterback. I don't really know specifically the similarities and differences, but obviously he's done a good job and all the guys on the team respect him.

Are you happy for your brother, Mike, to be healthy again and playing minor-league baseball?

Flacco: Definitely. He's gotten a chance to play some baseball and we will see. He got a chance to play in front of some people [pro scouts], and he's playing well. So we will see what happens with him.

Who is the better athlete?

Flacco: I'm not going to say I'm not a better athlete. But growing up he was always a really good athlete. He was the best athlete around. He's two years younger than me, and he was always hanging out with me and my buddies and was a lot better than all of us. So he's always been a really good athlete and he could really do a lot of things.

OK, since you play football and Mike plays baseball, who wins a one-on-one basketball game?

Flacco: (Laughs) Oh, I would win it. He would tell you that he would win it. But he's a pretty good basketball player. He could definitely dunk better than I can. But I could still beat him in a one-on-one game.

How does Joe Flacco avoid the dreaded sophomore slump in 2009?

Flacco: Well, the way I avoid it is I think I'm a good player. I'm always going to come in and prepare and get ready for each week. I feel like, as long as you truly are a good player, then you can't go out and have a bad season. You may have games here or there where you're not really too pleased with the way you played. But I think I'm going to do nothing but improve, and I think the team is going to do nothing but improve. That is what this [minicamp] is for -- to see how much we've grown, and how much we got to do by training camp and by the time the season starts.

The success of a quarterback and head coach usually is tied closely together. So how would you describe your dynamic with Ravens coach John Harbaugh?

Flacco: I'm trying to make everybody on this team successful, and I'm trying to do my part just like everybody else. Coach Harbaugh came in as my first head coach, and we have a great amount of respect for him. When he came in he told us how it was, and any time a coach can come up to you and be pretty real with you, you respect that. I think a lot of guys took to him, and I think that's why we had a good year last year.

I'm sure it's important to beat every team. But as the quarterback of the Ravens, how important is it this year to beat your biggest rival in Pittsburgh?

Flacco: The most important thing is win enough games to get into the playoffs. Then, once you get into the playoffs, win. Having said that, we're going to play Pittsburgh two times a year so it's pretty important to beat them. A lot of getting into the playoffs will have to do with what we do against Pittsburgh. We believe that we're the toughest team in the league, and they probably believe the same. Obviously, they beat us three times last year. But we're going to get a lot of chances to play against them, and we know if we go out there and play our game then we will come out on top.

Last question: I'm sure you're aware of what Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did in his second year. As a second-year quarterback, any thoughts?

Flacco: Good for him (laughs). But it has nothing to do with what we're doing. He was obviously successful in his first year and very successful in his second year. All I can say is that if we work hard and we do what we're supposed to do, I think we're a team that can get to where they got as a team. But it's going to be up to us.

stlrz d
05-12-2009, 09:52 PM
Nah, I get his meaning by what he's saying. I think the laugh was one like "you mean I'm expected to do the same thing?"

Because he knows he won't! :tt2

RuthlessBurgher
05-12-2009, 11:53 PM
This response sounded a lot like the old "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!" Daily Affirmations on SNL.


How does Joe Flacco avoid the dreaded sophomore slump in 2009?

Flacco: Well, the way I avoid it is I think I'm a good player. I'm always going to come in and prepare and get ready for each week. I feel like, as long as you truly are a good player, then you can't go out and have a bad season. You may have games here or there where you're not really too pleased with the way you played. But I think I'm going to do nothing but improve, and I think the team is going to do nothing but improve. That is what this [minicamp] is for -- to see how much we've grown, and how much we got to do by training camp and by the time the season starts.

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The reason he doesn't get any endorsements is because he looks like Bert, and we all know that Bert is evil.

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proudpittsburgher
05-13-2009, 08:45 AM
We believe that we're the toughest team in the league, and they probably believe the same

I think this was the only line which irked me, as it did costanza. Set aside the fact that we won all three games last season over the Ravens. Set aside the fact that we did more with a tougher schedule. Just look at our physical dominance in all three meetings. Just look at their laid out running back (thanks to Ryan Clark) and their laid out defensive back (thanks to Limas Sweed) In fact, I can't remember one good laying out they put on us in the past couple of seasons.
Never mind any of that, I'm sure the Steelers feel like Baltimore is the toughest team. :Blah

Oviedo
05-13-2009, 09:22 AM
I called it right last year with Derek Anderson and I'll call it again with Flacco. A year of tape on this guy and the defensive coordinators in the league will know how to attack him and make him very ordinary. We gave them the blueprint in the AFC Championship game.

Flacco 2009 < Flacco 2008

RuthlessBurgher
05-13-2009, 09:28 AM
We believe that we're the toughest team in the league, and they probably believe the same

I think this was the only line which irked me, as it did costanza. Set aside the fact that we won all three games last season over the Ravens. Set aside the fact that we did more with a tougher schedule. Just look at our physical dominance in all three meetings. Just look at their laid out running back (thanks to Ryan Clark) and their laid out defensive back (thanks to Limas Sweed) In fact, I can't remember one good laying out they put on us in the past couple of seasons.
Never mind any of that, I'm sure the Steelers feel like Baltimore is the toughest team. :Blah

But they will be tougher this year. Big Bad Bart Scott peed his jock whenever little bitty Hines Ward came within 50 feet of him, but Scott has left for the Jets, making the overall Raven toughness quotient improve.

:ratsuck

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
05-13-2009, 10:07 AM
We believe that we're the toughest team in the league, and they probably believe the same

I think this was the only line which irked me, as it did costanza. Set aside the fact that we won all three games last season over the Ravens. Set aside the fact that we did more with a tougher schedule. Just look at our physical dominance in all three meetings. Just look at their laid out running back (thanks to Ryan Clark) and their laid out defensive back (thanks to Limas Sweed) In fact, I can't remember one good laying out they put on us in the past couple of seasons.
Never mind any of that, I'm sure the Steelers feel like Baltimore is the toughest team. :Blah

When reading that I assume that he means that
We believe that we're the toughest team in the league, and they probably believe the same about themselves.

Because it is in print, and because this guy is a football player and not an English professor, it reads differently. Otherwise, it is an idiotic and overly arrogant comment, and nothing else in that article leads me to believe that he has the personality to call out the Steelers D as a soph.

RuthlessBurgher
05-13-2009, 10:16 AM
[quote]We believe that we're the toughest team in the league, and they probably believe the same

I think this was the only line which irked me, as it did costanza. Set aside the fact that we won all three games last season over the Ravens. Set aside the fact that we did more with a tougher schedule. Just look at our physical dominance in all three meetings. Just look at their laid out running back (thanks to Ryan Clark) and their laid out defensive back (thanks to Limas Sweed) In fact, I can't remember one good laying out they put on us in the past couple of seasons.
Never mind any of that, I'm sure the Steelers feel like Baltimore is the toughest team. :Blah

When reading that I assume that he means that
We believe that we're the toughest team in the league, and they probably believe the same about themselves.

Because it is in print, and because this guy is a football player and not an English professor, it reads differently. Otherwise, it is an idiotic and overly arrogant comment, and nothing else in that article leads me to believe that he has the personality to call out the Steelers D as a soph.[/quote:35a7h5el]

That's how I read it. I didn't even realize that the "about themselves" part wasn't there until I looked back at the original transcript just now...I just assumed that's what he meant, because it would be an idiotic quote otherwise.

stlrz d
05-13-2009, 10:52 AM
Correct. He meant the Steelers believe that about themselves.

The Rats fans want to believe that Mendy (despite his repeated denials and despite the lack of proof) trash talked via a text message.

It's good to see Steelers fans, after some discussion, can realize that Flacco's not trash talking.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
05-13-2009, 10:58 AM
Correct. He meant the Steelers believe that about themselves.

The Rats fans want to believe that Mendy (despite his repeated denials and despite the lack of proof) trash talked via a text message.

It's good to see Steelers fans, after some discussion, can realize that Flacco's not trash talking.

That understanding comes after discussion because we are reasonable fans and human beings. Anyway, we do have more important things to discuss. Did you hear that Sweed will be better than Fitz next year?? :lol:

stlrz d
05-13-2009, 11:07 AM
[quote="stlrz d":38az0ie6]Correct. He meant the Steelers believe that about themselves.

The Rats fans want to believe that Mendy (despite his repeated denials and despite the lack of proof) trash talked via a text message.

It's good to see Steelers fans, after some discussion, can realize that Flacco's not trash talking.

That understanding comes after discussion because we are reasonable fans and human beings. Anyway, we do have more important things to discuss. Did you hear that Sweed will be better than Fitz next year?? :lol:[/quote:38az0ie6]

Yes I did and I'm VERY excited about that! :D :D :D :tt2