It is interesting to read all of the various articles across the web about the Ravens and the AFC Championship game. I agree with Ray’s advice to the team last week which was not to focus on anything outside of the facility.
While most are going with the Patriots this week, as they did last week with Denver, I was encouraged to read a few with a positive spin towards the Ravens. Examples include ESPN’s article by Jamison Hensley about Flacco’s “road to respect”, or listening to NFL Total Access on Sirius NFL Radio last night on the commute home.
Both gave kudos not frequently heard about how well Flacco is doing going into the championship game. ”Flacco currently holds the most playoff wins by any quarterback since he stepped into the league in 2008” (Hensley, 2013). Additionally, he “outplayed Tom Brady last year”, and as you know if not for the heartbreaking dropped pass and the nail biting missed kick, we might be writing a different story.
The media called the Bronco’s win a “miracle win” and rather than giving credit to the Ravens for an amazing team effort, seemed to place more weight on what Denver “didn’t do”. While the win was definitely a well-deserved team effort, Flacco deserves some credit and respect. I attribute much of this lack of a nationwide “Wacko for Flacco” to Flacco’s lackluster personality. I like that he’s calm and confident and not overemotional. Don’t you want someone calm under center, or would you rather have a whiney “prim donna” who cries to the media when he’s hit too hard?
My favorite quote of the articles I have read this week goes to Hensley on QBs in the post season, who states: “Joe Flacco has passed for 613 yards on 30 completions this postseason, an average of 20.4 yards per completion. Among QBs to complete at least 20 passes in a single postseason, only Johnny Unitas in1970 has more yards per completion.”
Somehow, just knowing that only Baltimore’s own Johnny U. had done better in the playoffs makes me so proud of our Joe! So, a belated Happy Birthday Joe, and I know you have what it takes for this game and well into the future of the Ravens success. Thank you for your hard work, dedication and your class. And the same thank you to the entire team. You men are focused, driven and I am proud to wear your colors.
This team has heart, focus, and the will to win. If I were Brady, I’d be worried, very worried as the Ravens come “tapping, tapping on their door”, and the Patriots feel the sorrow for a loss much like Poe for the lost Lenore.
References:Hensley, J. (2013). Playoff run puts Flacco on road to respect. Retrieved January 16, 2013, from ESPN.com: http://espn.go.com/blog/