Flacco laments Ravens offense not doing more before final drive

October 22, 2018 | WNST Staff

QB Joe Flacco transcript

(on his reaction to the missed extra point attempt) “Yeah, when you’re in the game, you kind of immediately go on to the next thing, ‘OK, onside kick, and the possibility of getting back out there and kicking a field goal.’ But, it’s just one of those things. Everybody thought that was in.”

(on how proud he was of the players on the final drive) “Well listen, it would have been great if we weren’t in that situation. We did a lot of things well today. I felt like we may have left a little bit out there at times. The second-to-last drive, it would have been nice to do it on that drive. Obviously, they would have gotten the ball back and do whatever they were going to do at that point anyway. It would have been maybe nice to have two chances at it and scored on both of them. It’s obviously good to respond in those moments. It’s just, at the end of the day, you have to do more at the other times in the game.”

(on what’s the best way to move on from a game like this) “This is part of football, man. You’re going to play tough games. This is a good football team that we played. I think it was kind of our style of play, to be honest with you – there wasn’t very many possessions. But, at the same time, it was their style, too, because I’m sure they’re a good fourth-quarter team throughout the years. They’re used to putting points on the board in the fourth quarter and having to do two-minute drill or whatever that may be. They’re used to dealing with that kind of pressure at the end of the game also. You just have to take it for what it is. Really, remember how we feel right now and make sure we nip it in the bud, get it out of our system right now and move onto next week.”

(on how much of a challenge was the wind) “It’s not like we threw the ball downfield, like, 50 yards. So I really don’t think it was too much of a challenge based on what we ended up doing.”

(on if he watches the extra point attempt after a touchdown and what his reaction was tonight) “Sometimes I watch, sometimes I don’t. I saw this one. You can’t really tell from the sideline anyway. Listen, Justin [Tucker] is a great friend of mine. We’ve all been through football games where it looks like it’s … You’re the guy that’s in the spotlight at the end of the game when it can kind of be determined. You still have to go into overtime and win that game or prevent them from going down and kicking a field goal. A lot of things go through your mind, but I’ve been there plenty of times. If you play football long enough, you’re going to be there at some point. We’re a very tight team here, and the first thing you think about is your brother and him dealing with it. Justin’s the best in the world at what he does, and he’s the most confident person that I know. It’s not going to be an issue.”

(on if he watched the Saints’ offensive drives and if he witnessed QB Drew Brees’ completion as he was being tackled) “Yeah, I watched them – I don’t appreciate what Drew did. (laughter) Everybody’s cursing themselves over there. It’s one of those, ‘Man, I wish he didn’t have that guy right there in front of him.’ He kind of double-clutched it, and I don’t know how he got it quite as far as he did, but he got it far enough. Then he overcaught that ball and was able to get the next three yards or so. It’s one of those plays when, even if he didn’t get it, they were probably going to go for it on fourth down anyway. They were going for it on fourth down all day. Drew’s been doing it for a long time and he’s been making people have neck issues for a while based on what he’s been doing. Just watching him out there … I do, I usually watch the other offense on the big screen when I’m done going over the drive. I usually watch the other offense on the big screen, so I was definitely watching today. It’s fun to see them. I didn’t think they were as aggressive as I thought they would be. They tried to wear us out a little bit. So I kind of thought I had it set up for us, but we weren’t able to get the job done.”

(on how tough it is as a team to bounce back from a loss like this) “I hope it’s not very tough at all. Like I said, I think we’ve got a really good group. It’s one of these games that could’ve went either way. There’s no sense in putting your head down and crying about stuff like this. You just have to move on. There’s good lessons in everything. At the end of the year, we can’t be looking back and regretting a game getting away because of how we thought about it the week before. You just have to go, ball out, and at the end of the 16 games you have to be able to look back at what you did and be proud of how you reacted to things. I think when you do that, that’s how you give yourself the best chance of being in the playoffs. It’s not about worrying about what your record is right now and comparing yourself to everybody else right now and where you stand with that. Just keep your head down and keep winning football games, and before you look up – maybe you’ll win five in a row and be where you want to be. You can’t do that until the very end.”