Ravens QB Joe Flacco: ‘I have to be bet­ter’

Cecil Whig - - & - By SEAN GROGAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— When as­sess­ing blame for the Bal­ti­more Ravens’ four-game los­ing streak, quar­ter­back Joe Flacco points the fin­ger at him­self.

“I’m ob­vi­ously not play­ing good enough. We’re not a good of­fense and it starts with the quar­ter­back,” Flacco said Wed­nes­day. “I have to be bet­ter. We have to be more pre­cise, and that starts with me – just more con­sis­tent over­all.”

Flacco cer­tainly needs to be bet­ter. His six in­ter­cep­tions thrown out­num­ber his five touch­down passes through seven games.

The Ravens prac­ticed Wed­nes­day be­fore leav­ing for the CBA-man­dated four con­sec­u­tive days off dur­ing a team’s by week. When

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Bal­ti­more re­turns to work Mon­day, its en­tire of­fense will have to be bet­ter, too.

The Ravens ranks 24th in yards per game (332.4) and 25th in points per game (19). Flacco is not to blame for a rush­ing at­tack that ranks 26th in the NFL with an 85.6 yards per game av­er­age.

Bal­ti­more ranks sec­ondto-last in of­fen­sive touch­downs scored.

Flacco be­lieves the of­fense as a whole is on the brink of turn­ing things around.

“I think we are on that verge of be­ing re­ally close, but it is a bunch of lit­tle things. It’s not just one thing, it’s things that add up,” he said. “It’s the short pass­ing game that you are not al­ways just com­plet­ing with your eyes closed. Ev­ery now and then, you miss one, and it stops your drive. It’s penal­ties. It’s a lit­tle bit of pro­tec­tion. It’s a lit­tle bit of run game. It’s very lit­tle things that can be cleaned up pretty quickly.

“Right now, we just have one guy here and there do­ing some­thing that is a lit­tle bit off – my­self in­volved – and it halts a whole drive. When that hap­pens through­out the course of the game and you have a good amount of those, it leads to what we have been deal­ing with, which is not putting any points on the board and not giv­ing our­selves re­ally any op­por­tu­ni­ties to put any points on the board. I don’t think we had any red zone op­por­tu­ni­ties this past week, and you’re not go­ing to score a lot of points when that hap­pens.”

Head coach John Har­baugh was un­wa­ver­ing in sup­port of Flacco.

“I be­lieve in Joe. Joe is one of the most im­por­tant keys for us – if not the most im­por­tant key. Cer­tainly, on of­fense, he’s the key to the whole thing,” Har­baugh said. “Joe Flacco is a great foot­ball player. Joe Flacco is the key to our suc­cess. We need to all do ev­ery­thing in our power [to en­sure] all of the things are fall­ing in place for him. He can play. He can throw it. He can make de­ci­sions. He can score touch­downs for us. He can do all of the things we need to do.

“Joe will take care of what he needs to do. I’m not wor­ried about Joe tak­ing care of what he needs to do. That’s some­thing that we all go to work on. Joe works on it harder than any­body – cares about it more than any­body.”

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GROGAN

Ravens quar­ter­back Joe Flacco said Wed­nes­day that he is “Ob­vi­ously not play­ing good enough.” Bal­ti­more has lost four straight game as it en­ters the bye week.

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