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Mild-mannered Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was a bit feisty Wednesday as he enters the playoffs for the fourth time in as many years as he’s been in the league.
Flacco has taken his share of criticism despite helping push his team to the postseason and winning four playoff games during his career.
Flacco Responds To Criticism
On Wednesday, Flacco was asked whether he feels some of that criticism has dissipated over the course of the season.
“I’m sure if we win [the Super Bowl] I’ll have nothing to do with why we won, according to you guys,” Flacco playfully said to the media, drawing laughter.
Flacco was then asked whether he would be fine taking on the role Trent Dilfer did the last time the Ravens won a Super Bowl in 2001, when the defense got the credit.
“I don’t care if people look at it that way,” Flacco said. “[But] I don’t necessarily see it that way.”
The Ravens relied heavily on their run game and Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice down the stretch. Flacco attempted fewer than 30 passes just once in the Ravens’ first nine games. He tossed more than 30 twice in the final seven.
Flacco attempted 312 passes this season, six more than last year and three fewer than 2009.
“You guys want an elite quarterback? You have to stop complaining when we go out there and throw the ball 60 times a game,” Flacco said.
“You guys want everybody to be Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. But you guys realize, those guys don’t run the ball? If we tried to do that, the criticism we’d take around here would be ridiculous. We could win eight games like that and lose one, and you guys would be like, ‘Oh man, what are you guys doing?’”
Flacco was still cool and collected while talking about the criticism.
“Do you see the criticism sometimes and say, ‘What the hell are they talking about?’” Flacco said. “Yeah, but who cares?”