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While Lewis is still the unquestioned leader of the Ravens, Flacco needs to be right behind him in the pecking order.
Finally perhaps the most important area that Flacco needs to improve on is his leadership. He seems quiet, at least to the media, but that is not really the issue. Some lead by example and some lead by words. Flacco seems to prefer leading by example.
Flacco needs to show confidence, the ability to put the team on his shoulders when things are not going well and lead them to victory. All the greats were able to do that including the likes of Elway, Montana, Unitas and last year's nemesis Tom Brady.
Can Flacco do that?
Although the first preseason game was mostly a debacle for the starters you could see that happening with Flacco. Things were not going well at all. The line was getting beat, receivers were dropping passes, the offense was not moving the ball and the Ravens were down on the scoreboard. Flacco stepped up and led an impressive scoring drive and turned things around
That is what needs to happen. When the chips are down the team needs to feel like it can look to Joe Flacco for answers. Can Flacco do it? Only time will tell.