Ravens: Ray Lewis Criticizes Joe Flacco For Lack of Passion

A quarterback is supposed to be the leader of a team. One former Baltimore Ravens linebacker believes that their current quarterback needs to step up.

Future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, made comments criticizing Joe Flacco for what Lewis perceives to be is a lack of passion for the game.

“I’ll tell you what I do know. There’s something called talent, right? You see it a dime a dozen,” Lewis said on Jason Whitlock’s show on FS1, Speak For Yourself. And then there’s something called being passionate about what you do, about really what you do. Me being around it. Gifted? Absolutely. Passionate about what he do? I’ve never seen that. I don’t know what that looks like.”

Flacco and Lewis spent five seasons together with the Ravens. Flacco and Lewis won a Super Bowl together, allowing Lewis to retire as a champion. In 2013, Flacco hoisted the Lombardi Trophy and won the Super Bowl MVP. Flacco also tied Joe Montana’s postseason record of 11 TDs without throwing an interception.

“I don’t know how many times you’ll hear somebody just really go out on a limb to defend he’s the greatest teammate I’ve ever had,” Lewis said. “I don’t know how many times you’ll hear that. Maybe it’s because his personality just isn’t that personality. He’s not a rah-rah guy. He won’t say much. But, in the game of football, there has to be some burning fire behind you.”

Lewis also believes that Flacco needs to have stronger personalities around him to win. He cites players like Steve Smith Sr. and Mike Wallace people that have the intensity that is necessary for Flacco to win.

“I don’t know how many times you will hear somebody just really go out on a limb to defend, ‘He’s the greatest teammate I’ve ever had.’ I don’t know how many times you’d hear that, right?” Lewis said about Flacco. “Maybe it’s because his personality just isn’t that personality. He’s not a rah-rah guy. He won’t say much, but in the game of football, there has to be some burning fire behind you. There has to be something that’s bigger than [you].”

Flacco commented about Lewis’ speeches in the past.

“I love Ray, and I love how he always spoke from the heart, but if you listened to those speeches, a lot of them didn’t even make sense,” Flacco said. “He meant everything he was saying, but I didn’t know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time.”

My Thoughts on This Ordeal 

Although Lewis may question Flacco’s passion for the game, Flacco and the 2013 Ravens offense won Lewis a Super Bowl. I’m a big fan of both players, but Lewis can get ahead of himself in his speeches. He loves the camera and sometimes says things just to say them. With that being said, Flacco does need to step up.

Flacco has 2374 yards passing, a 62.5% completion percentage, 9 TDs and 9 INTs on the season. Even though the Ravens (5-4) are leading the division, its due to their defense and despite Flacco. Maybe it’s his knee or his shoulder, but his mechanics have been poor. Possibly, getting into a rhythm with the no-huddle offense can aid him. He showed in last week’s game against the Browns that it works. Whatever he needs to do to succeed, he must do it now because Baltimore has the possibility of being in the driver’s seat in the AFC North for the remainder of the year.

If that wasn’t motivational enough, Flacco and his Ravens have the Dallas Cowboys (8-1) who lead both their division and their conference. Prove your doubters wrong Joe, or the criticism will be even bigger. You’ve done it in the past.

About Kyle Andrews 90 Articles
Born in Norfolk, VA and raised Baltimore, MD. Currently a college student at the University of Baltimore and formerly the sports editor of McDaniel College. Also a former intern of PressBox Online in Baltimore.

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