“The jury remains out regarding whether he’s elite. A verdict has been issued regarding whether he’s passionate.
Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis says current Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco isn’t.
“Gifted? Absolutely. Passionate about what he do? I’ve never seen that,” Lewis said Thursday on FOX Sports 1, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “I don’t know what that looks like.”
Flacco and Lewis spent five seasons together with the Ravens.
“Maybe it’s because his personality just isn’t that personality,” Lewis said of Flacco. “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.'”
Look, I realize Ray Lewis is an NFL analyst for a national television audience now (even though he may be the worst one I’ve ever seen), and is no longer not employed by the Baltimore Ravens, but I don’t get why Ray would say this. Clearly Flacco’s personality is the 100% opposite of Ray’s and honestly to me, that doesn’t matter. I don’t need my quarterback to be a ra-ra type of guy. I need a guy who is going to be cool under pressure. Ra-ra- quarterbacks often lose it in crunch time. I’m not saying Joe is the greatest leader in the world, and I think he needs to work on that aspect of his game, but saying he doesn’t care about football is a tough accusation.
That being said, if this is true that players don’t feel Flacco has a passion for the game, that’s a huge problem. But as of right now, I’m not buying it. I think Ray is confusing a low key personality for not caring, which are two things that aren’t necessarily interchangeable.