Flacco picks bad time to slump

Flacco picks bad time to slump
December 19, 2012, 5:30 pm
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The Ravens are trying to avoid 4 losses in a row

For Joe Flacco to get the numbers he wants when it comes time to negotiate a new contract after the season, what he has produced as of late isn’t nearly good enough.

He realizes the impact it’ll have if the Ravens (9-5) can’t turn around a season that appears to be going south on a three-game losing streak. They play the New York Giants in their final home regular season game Sunday.

“I’m sure it’s back there somewhere, but it’s not something I’ve really thought about or really considered,” Flacco said when asked if he thinks about his contract status. “I knew it wasn’t going to be a topic of conversation during the season and that’s just the way it is. I kind of just made that clear in my own mind at the beginning of the season and just moved on.”

The Ravens have clinched a playoff berth and are one victory, or a loss by the Cincinnati Bengals, from winning the AFC North.

Flacco has thrown for under 200 yards in three of his last five games for the Ravens (9-5). And in last week’s 34-17 loss to the Denver Broncos, his 254 yards were misleading.

That game was virtually over midway through the third quarter when they trailed 31-3. In the first half, the interception return of Flacco (98) exceeded his yards passing (78).

With a defense that’s short-changed because of injuries, the offense has to perform better to pick up the slack. That hasn’t happened under Flacco as he seems to be regressing rather than improving. 

The Ravens were supposed to be better and more explosive one season removed from a 12-4 record and AFC title game appearance.

To Flacco’s credit, he’s not making excuses and is doing his best to shoulder the blame.

“As much of it as I can –- all of it,” Flacco said about taking the responsibility. “It starts with the quarterback, and that’s the position that’s looked at. You have to go look at yourself and see what you can do better in order to make everybody else around you a little bit better and in order to get our team to win.”