Flacco Wants To Be More Aggressive

Joe Flacco said the Ravens have to keep their foot on the pedal late in games.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

The Ravens have said this offseason that Joe Flacco will have more of a voice in the team’s offensive strategy.
Well the fourth-year quarterback isn’t holding back. He wants to be more aggressive, particularly late in games.
“I think we need to be a team that in certain instances needs to be a little bit more aggressive,” Flacco said on WBAL’s Ravens Saturday Huddle.
“If you end up losing games because you’re being too aggressive then, OK at least you can go home and look in the mirror and say, ‘We were trying to win that game and we gave it our all to win that game.’”
The instances Flacco was specifically referring to are when the Ravens have a late lead.
Baltimore lost nine fourth-quarter leads in 2010, five of which resulted in Ravens losses. That includes two defeats at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of which came in the divisional playoffs.
Flacco said Pittsburgh is a good team that you “have to keep your foot down on the pedal” against.
“I think we played probably the worst when we had our leads this year,” Flacco said.
“Every time we were down, we made a really good effort to either get the lead back or get back in the game in some sense. When we had the lead, it was a struggle to get that fourth quarter over and win that game sometimes.”
In part, the team lost leads because of problems in the run game. Baltimore averaged 3.8 yards per carry and thus had trouble consistently moving the chains late in games while trying to also keep the clock running.
In an instance where the Ravens tried to be aggressive and throw the ball late against the Steelers at home, a missed block resulted in a sack/fumble that turned the tide.
Still, Flacco believes a different mindset is required from the team.
“I think we need to not relax as much and just go out there and be aggressive for a full 60 minutes,” Flacco said. “When the game’s over, it’s over. And if you ended up losing because you were too aggressive, that’s a better case than losing it because you’re not being aggressive.”

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