Flacco Takes Immeasurable Off-Field Step in Ravens Win Over Bills

October 24, 2010 | Glenn Clark

of a game after a disappointing first half. It was a little bit more surprising to hear who was saying some of those things.

“I think Joe (Flacco) said something in the locker room that really resonated with me” said Harbaugh.

Joe Flacco?

The same Joe Flacco who usually doesn’t have much of anything to say at all?

The same Joe Flacco who rarely expresses emotion during football games?

I’ll be forced to admit that I was at least somewhat caught off guard.

Harbaugh never clarified what it was that Flacco said, so I decided to go directly to the quarterback.

“I just sat down and said ‘Hey, we’ve got to keep it going. Every time we get the ball we’ve got to keep this going. We got a little bit of momentum, and we can’t let our foot off the pedal’” said Flacco. He explained “by that time, we kind of had the momentum going out way a little bit. And it was just our job to go keep that. And I think we did a good job with a little help from our defense, a little help from special teams of doing that early in the second half.”

Wow.

You see, it wouldn’t be unusual to hear that someone like LB Ray Lewis or WR Derrick Mason (who have for some time been the unquestioned “vocal leaders” of their respective units) speak up at halftime. In a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this season it came out that WR Anquan Boldin had been the team’s vocal leader at halftime. No one would be surprised

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