Ravens' Joe Flacco knows how to rebound

October, 2, 2013
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Usually one of the first players to speak to reporters Wednesday, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was among the last to go this time.

"I throw five interceptions and I'm like sixth on the podium," Flacco said, drawing laughter from reporters.

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Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY SportsJoe Flacco refuses to deflect blame for his five-interception effort, but says if the Ravens are going to lose he would prefer to stay aggressive.
One of Flacco's best qualities as a quarterback is his ability to move on and not beat himself up over a poor performance. After throwing three or more interceptions in a game, Flacco is 3-0 the next week with a 123.9 passer rating. In those rebound games, he has completed 70.2 percent of his passes (52-for-74) with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Asked what it takes to move past bad games, Flacco said it's something you simply have to do as a quarterback.

"It's definitely not easy to throw five interceptions and just be cool with it," Flacco said. "It's the main reason why we didn't win that football game. You have to live with it and move on."

In Sunday's 23-20 loss at Buffalo, Flacco threw a career-worst five interceptions, including one that ended the Ravens' comeback chances in the final minute of the game. The Ravens put the game on the shoulders of Flacco, who threw 50 times -- including 31 straight passes in the second half.

Flacco wishes he played better. But he doesn't regret the Ravens' pass-heavy game plan. There were many times in the past when Flacco tried to persuade former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron to be more aggressive. So it's not a surprise that Flacco wanted the ball in his hands, and that's what the Ravens want to hear from their $120.6 million quarterback.

"I told Jim [Caldwell, offensive coordinator], as much as it hurts to do that, I don't mind losing a football game like that," Flacco said. "I'm the quarterback of the team. I'm being paid what I'm being paid for a reason. If you can say that we lost a football game because I threw five interceptions, that's the way it should be. I don't have a problem with anybody looking at me and putting losses on me when something like that happens. I feel that's the way we should be trying to win football games when we need to. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work."

Flacco added: "I'm not going to sit here and apologize or make up a reason why we shouldn't have done that."

It marked the first time that Flacco threw more than two interceptions in a game since Week 2 of the 2010 season, when he was picked off four times at Cincinnati. The next game, Flacco threw three touchdowns in a win over the Cleveland Browns.

"Joe's resilient," coach John Harbaugh said. "He has a certain amount of mental toughness about him. He's been down this road before. It's not the first time. Joe will always move forward. We should see his best game this week."

Flacco acknowledged that his five-interception performance "definitely motivates" him.

"It refocuses you on maybe a couple of little things," Flacco said. "I'd probably be lying if I didn't say it did that."

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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