“You don’t slide on your knee,” Harbaugh said during his Monday press conference. “He and I have had that conversation. So Joe, he can be mad at me now because I say it publically. But we all played baseball. He wants to talk about a pop-up slide. Maybe that’s what he did in high school. You can’t do a pop-up slide on a knee brace. It’s just as simple as that… It’s not the first time he will have heard that.
“I just want to see him not drive his brace into the ground. It’s kind of how he’s always slid, he’s kind of slid that way, what he would describe as a pop-up slide. But it’s not working with the knee brace. I see the same thing everybody else sees and he knows it.”
Flacco admitted Sunday that he needed a new sliding style, after his brace got caught in the grass for the second time this season. Flacco does not want to break the brace, nor does he want to injure himself.
The good news is that Flacco is still mobile enough to escape pass rushers after major knee surgery. That means Flacco will have more occasions to slide. But if he doesn’t find a new technique, Flacco will hear from his coach.