Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Pats-Ravens: Bill Belichick on Joe Flacco
By James Walker
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is getting a lot of criticism in Baltimore and nationally for being inconsistent. Flacco, in his fourth season, saw his numbers drop in completion percentage (57.6), touchdowns (20) and passer rating (80.9) from the previous season.
But Flacco has had some good moments this season, and has his team within one game of the Super Bowl when the Ravens travel to face the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship Game. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said his team will not underestimate Flacco's abilities.
"They've won a lot of games, and I think that’s the big thing. A quarterback has to do what his team needs him to do to win, and Joe has done that. I don’t know how to improve much on 11-5 and 12-4, and they just keep doing it. He's been a solid guy since his rookie year in terms of managing the game and using the clock and making good decisions and those types of things. He's been able to throw the ball obviously to his backs, to his tight ends and down the field to whether it’s [Torrey] Smith or [Lee] Evans or [Anquan] Boldin or whoever it happens to be. I think he can make all the throws that you need a quarterback to make. He can run the team and manage it well. He can make checks and decisions that the offense needs to have a good flow and take advantage of defensive alignment. I think he's certainly over four years improved in all those areas incrementally, but he did them at a pretty high level to begin with and he continues to do that."