Flacco likes challenge of expectations

Flacco likes challenge of expectations
July 23, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Joe Flacco won't apologize for being good


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Joe Flacco has a big contract, big expectations, and big swagger to go with it.

Flacco is not running from the pressure of trying to win another Super Bowl, or living up to his new six-year, $120.6 million contract. In fact, he’s embracing it. Flacco made that clear during his opening training camp press conference on Tuesday.

 “All we can do is keep winning just like we have every year,” said Flacco, who has never missed the playoffs in five seasons. “Not really worry about what people say, what our expectations are, what the pressure’s going to be. Who really cares?

“We won last year, I have a lot of money, or I’m going to get a lot of money, and we’re going to win football games. That’s the way it is around here. We’re not going to apologize for acting like we’re a good football team. Yeah, our expectations are high, and we don’t care if that comes with pressure. We expect to win.

That was the perfect tone for Flacco to set at the start of training camp. He will be asked to lead more this season, especially with Ray Lewis now retired. However, Flacco will lead his way, not Lewis’ way. Flacco will not dance out of the tunnel, or make fiery speeches. However, Flacco sent a message with his comments. Having a good season is not the goal. Having a great one is. Flacco sounds up for the challenge.