Criticizing your team's starting quarterback, offensive line, play-calling or simply the offense in general is something that you do not want to do prior to the AFC Championship—but Ed Reed had the need to.
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed made an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio Tuesday and publicly harped on the entire offense—he practically put the blame for Baltimore's struggles on Flacco, the coaching staff and the entire offense.
I think Joe was kind of rattled a little bit by that defense. They had a lot of guys in the box on him. And, I mean, they were getting to him. I think a couple times he needed to get rid of the ball. I don’t know how much of the play calling, he could have made audibles or anything like that, checks or whatnot, man, but it just didn’t look like he had a hold on the offense, you know, of times past. You know, it was just kind of like they was telling him to do, throw the ball or get it here, you know, get it to certain guys. And he can’t play like that.
Flacco and Baltimore's offense certainly did not have the greatest game Sunday against the Houston Texans, as he completed only 14-of-27 passes for just 176 yards. Flacco did still manage to throw two touchdowns.
In general, the offense only accumulated 227 yards of offense, 88 yards less than Houston, while giving up five sacks.
Just when you thought Reed was done, he continued to go into more detail.
The offensive line's gotta block better. You know, they gotta communicate better, gotta pick up blocks, Joe’s gotta get the ball out of his hand. We gotta do a good job of using our weapons. I think Ricky Williams should have had the ball a little bit more yesterday. You know, I mean, Ray Rice was running it, too, but you gotta be able to mix those guys in back and forth. It’s a lot of things that we all need to correct going into New England because they do such a great job of making adjustments, you know, in-game adjustments. It’s not just coming up with a scheme and playing the game. You gotta be able to make adjustments while the game is in the flow.
Reed certainly has the credentials to be talking a little smack on the offense, as his defense forced four turnovers against the Texans with one of those being a Reed interception, but it is never a good idea to publicly bash your teammates and coaching staff.
If the Baltimore Ravens want to be able to come up to New England, beat the Patriots and advance to Super Bowl XLVI, then they're going to need to have a united locker room without any finger-pointing—something that's clearly already started to happen.
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