OWINGS MILLS – Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said Monday night that being 0-3 would test the Ravens’ mental toughness like never before.
The Ravens have never lost four straight during Flacco’s eight seasons, but it could happen Thursday night at Pittsburgh. And with 13 games left to play, the Ravens face a long uphill climb that one victory won’t cure. Flacco candidly admitted as much.
“If we’re not mentally tough, then there’s definitely a better chance, at 0-3, to slip into a bad mode,” Flacco said. “It’s definitely a slippery slope. We were 9-2 the year we won the Super Bowl. We lost three in a row, 9-5. But it was easy to stay positive in that situation, because we knew if we won one more game, we were going to win the division and get into the playoffs.
“Things got kind of rough that year, too, if you remember. But it was still kind of easy to look ahead. This is going to be a little bit tougher, where it’s going to be a little bit bigger of a test I think for us this year, because we’re 0-3. We win one game, it’s not like we can say, ‘Hey, win one game and we’re in the playoffs.’ It’s win one game, and we’re 1-3. Big deal, we’re 1-3. The biggest thing for us is going to be to keep our attitude right. Because if we don’t do that, then we’re going to have no chance. If we do it, the fact that we’re 0-3 right now doesn’t mean anything. We have 13 games left. We just got to keep our attitude right, continue to believe that we’re a good football team. We got to go out there and reel off some wins, and it all starts this week.”
Flacco has said many times that he was never big on making speeches. However, Flacco said leading by example would be critical.
“It’s tough to say I’m more vocal or less vocal, I am what I am,” Flacco said. “My biggest thing is to keep confidence up, go out there and lead by keeping my head up., keeping my chest out, showing guys that I still believe we’re a good football team.”
However, being good enough to overcome 0-3 will be one of the biggest challenges Flacco has faced.