All the off-season talk from both sides. Mostly Ravens side anyway. I'm gonna give a bit of how the season started last year then go into where we are now.
Last year began with hype around Ravens not only winning the AFC North, but winning the Super Bowl. Being picked by several people. Steelers are gonna fail because of injuries and Ben out first four games. It really didn't make 90% of the idiots who buy in the garbage look that good at all. The media changed their mind about the Ravens when the season was over. Steelers won the division and Ravens get wildcard berth. Steelers got a bye week while Ravens played the Chiefs in the first round. Flacco played well which made some morons believe he could do the same vs the steelers. I mean last year was his breakout year, right? All I hear is he improved every single year. I could see that if he improve by more then 10 yards at the end of the year, but come on now. Steelers proved the idiotic doubters wrong after WW3 happened. Suggs and all Ravens pounding their chests saying they are gonna come out on top and so on. At the end of the day, with Ben as the starting quarterback for the Steelers vs Flacco's led Ravens 0-6. 2 including in playoff games.
Appearing on NFL Network's Total Access earlier this month, Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley was asked if Joe Flacco could lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl.
"No, not at all because they have to go through one team -- that's the Pittsburgh Steelers in that AFC championship," Woodley said. "So in order for them to get to the Super Bowl, they have to beat us, and we're not gonna let that happen once we get that close. So that's not gonna happen in this lifetime."
A few days later, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, also appearing on NFL Network, responded to Woodley's comments. “We don’t need any bulletin board material to get ready for [the Steelers] or anybody else, but we’ll be ready for LaMarr Woodley and the rest of that football team and they know it.”
Last weekend, Flacco was finally asked about Woodley's "not gonna happen in this lifetime" observations.
“[Woodley] obviously doesn’t know what he’s talking about," Flacco told WBAL's Keith Mills and Pete Gilbert. "At some level, I don’t care [what Woodley says] because what does that really mean? But there is another level where it does kind of piss you off a little bit.”
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones says Flacco can't handle pressure and makes too many bad decisions.
NFL Network analyst Jamie Dukes says Flacco doesn't work hard enough.
Ryan Clark vs Ray Rice twitter debates.
We’ve frequently called the Ravens and Steelers the best current rivalry in the NFL. Steelers safety Ryan Clark doesn’t see it that way.
“People try to make this game between the Ravens and the Steelers like so much of a rivalry, of a fight, you know. You can say it’s a rivalry if you like, but for something to be a rivalry, I think both teams have to win equally,” Clark told KDKA via the Baltimore Sun. ”The hate between the fans doesn’t make it a rivalry. Teams have to win equally, and that really hasn’t been the case in our situation.”
Ravens QB Joe Flacco was a guest on “The Scott Van Pelt Show” on ESPN radio in which he too called himself a top five NFL quarterback.
According to Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun, Flacco was asked about Eli Manning’s comments and responded that he felt the same way Eli did. ”I think of myself the same way,” he said. ”You don’t want to talk about yourself as a quarterback, but here in Baltimore, we’ve won a lot of games in the last three years and we’ve won playoff games each year. And when you’re talking about football games, it’s all about winning football games and that’s what we’ve done.”
With all of that stuff said and done. It is time for one man really to live up to the hype. That player is named Joe Flacco. That is why I called this "put up or shut up" preview. It is time for Flacco to earn some respect. Here is 3 of the main ways for him to earn my respect.
1.Beat Steelers with Ben in the starting lineup-Flacco led Ravens have yet to beat the Steelers with Ben in the lineup. The only wins he has in resume vs the Steelers is while Batch was in and Dixon(1st start went OT). 0-6 and 2 losses in the playoffs. Wanna call yourself the best? Beat the BEST!!
2.Perform well in the playoffs-He has played in 7 games in the postseason. 2 of those games he has a passer rating above 62. His average is 60 or 61 currently with 4 TDs and 7 interceptions.
3.Win a Super Bowl-Some value stats, others value MVPs, I personally think the Super Bowl is the best prize of them all. I agree with Woodley!! Surprised??Don't be.....STAY JEALOUS!!