Doc Walker talks about big expectations for Flacco
Apparently, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti believes Joe Flacco shoulders a greater responsibility now.
There has been much speculation about whether Flacco will become more of leader next season, with a six-year, $120.6 million contract in hand, and Ray Lewis in retirement. Bisciotti revealed his thoughts Friday night, when he addressed Flacco in front of the entire team during a private Super Bowl ring ceremony.
When the owner talks, people listen.
"You are the leader now, like or not," Bisciotti said to Flacco, according to the team’s website.
Bisciotti is well aware of Flacco’s unassuming nature, and his personality will not change dramatically. Don’t expect emotional pre-game speeches or frequent motivational talks from the Ravens’ quarterback. That was Lewis’ way.
However, Flacco has been evolving in each of his five NFL seasons. His stellar performance during the playoffs – 11 TD passes and zero interceptions – proved Flacco could play his best when the stakes were highest.
The Ravens have made the playoffs every season since Flacco became the starter as a rookie. That makes Bisciotti feel good about Flacco moving forward.
"Not many guys do what you did in five years," Bisciotti said. "Not many did it your way. Not many like the way you do it. But I said at the end-of-the-year press conference after last year’s (2011 AFC championship) defeat, that I think the fans of Baltimore will be rewarded by your low-key presence, and it will stand the test of time. Indeed it did, and we all hope it continues to do that.’’
Flacco said he was flattered Bisciotti singled him out.
"It was pretty cool," Flacco said. "Steve is an awesome dude, a great owner, and this is a great organization."
And now more than ever, Flacco is expected to be the franchise quarterback.