Critical week for Flacco
Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco said basically the same thing after each of the Ravens' first four games. Whether the team won or lost, he volunteered that "it was fun."
I wasn't in Indianapolis yesterday, but I'm guessing those words were not in his post-game vocabulary. There is nothing fun about what the Colts did to Flacco and there is nothing positive to be taken from a game like that other than the fact that all of his important ligaments are still intact.
What's important now is not that he is 2-3 in his first five regular-season starts. What is important is how he handles the doubts that have to be bubbling up inside of him and the negative energy that is swirling around the team after such a one-sided defeat. That calm demeanor everybody has been talking about the past few weeks is going to be tested as the fans become impatient and the tenor of the media inquiries becomes more negative.
I'm guessing he can handle it. He came back from the tough loss against the Steelers to hold his own against Tennessee. He'll have an opportunity to bounce back against less formidable competition the next two weeks -- though playing the Dolphins in Miami is going to be no picnic.
The same goes for rookie head coach John Harbaugh, who refused to dissect the individual performances of some of his players after the game. He kept the focus squarely on the team, which was both logical and appropriate, since this hugely disappointing performance was definitely a team effort.
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