Flacco is Playing with a Chip on his Shoulder while Making Postseason History


(Credits: Dylan Slagle)

The usually calm, cool and collected Joe Flacco showed his burning passion before Sunday’s divisional-round postseason game against the Houston Texans.

Flacco, 26, is the first starting quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first four seasons, and he made the point that he doesn’t get as much recognition as other quarterback’s for their team’s success.

“I’m sure if we win [the Super Bowl], I’ll have nothing to do with why we won, according to you guys,” Flacco said Wednesday, via ESPN.com.

Flacco has been scrutinized, especially for his postseason performances. In seven career playoff games, Flacco is 4-3, and he’s averaged about 150 passing yards per game, with four touchdowns and seven interceptions.

However, Flacco is a different quarterback entering this year’s playoffs. He’s no longer the easygoing guy who’s just going to take it on the chin, he’s now playing with a chip on his shoulder.

On Wednesday, Flacco didn’t take too kindly to being dubbed a game manager like Trent Dilfer, who guided the Ravens to the 2000 Lombardi Trophy

“I don’t care if people look at it that way. I don’t necessarily see it that way,” Flacco said. “You guys want everybody to be Aaron Rodgers and be Tom Brady, but you guys do realize, those guys’ [teams] don’t run the ball? If we try to do that, the criticism that we’d take around here would be ridiculous.”

Flacco added, “We could win eight games like that and we could lose one, and you guys would be like, ‘Oh man, what are you guys doing?’ This is what you guys said you wanted, and if you lose one game, oh my God. You guys got to remember that. You guys want an elite quarterback. You have to stop complaining when we go out there and throw the ball 60 times a game.’”