Joe Flacco said throwing a career-high five interceptions Sunday still hurt, but that it would not impact his performance moving forward. Overcoming a bad game is part of a franchise quarterback’s responsibility.
“It’s definitely not easy to throw five interceptions and just be cool with it,” Flacco said Wednesday. “It was the main reason why we didn’t win that football game. You have to live with it and move on. I’m the quarterback of the team. I’m being paid what I’m being paid for a reason. I don’t have a problem with anybody looking at me and putting losses on me when something like that happens. I feel like that’s the way we should be trying to win football games when we need to.”
Flacco made no excuses regarding his performance against the Bills, but he was sacked four times, and was under duress many others. The Ravens hope trading for left tackle Eugene Monroe helps improve the performance of the entire offensive line. Flacco said he was told about the trade Tuesday night by coach John Harbaugh, who left his starting quarterback a phone message.
“I don’t know if I was surprised,’’ Flacco said. “I didn’t really expect anything like that. We’ll see how he can help us. “I have confidence in my guys, and I have confidence in who they’re going to put around me. Every move that we make around here is done for a reason and done with the understanding that it could affect the locker room in some way. The way we react to most of those things is positively.”
On Sunday, we will see how Flacco reacts to his worst performance of the season.