BALTIMORE – Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco felt embarrassed.
That was a message to everyone connected with the offense, after the Ravens were shutout in the second half during their 16-10 loss to the Redskins.
“I’m not happy, especially when you play like that,” Flacco said after the game.
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“It’s embarrassing to run off the field in front of your home fans, in front of your teammates. Our defense is putting up awesome fights every week, and we’re just running off the field, basically. So, it doesn’t feel good as the quarterback, as the leader of the offense, to continue to do that.
“I’m going to stand tall. I’m going to take it. It definitely is not fun.”
So what’s next for the Ravens’ offense? Surely coordinator Marc Trestman will come under more fire after this performance, and he was already getting grilled on social media.
Asked if changes need to be made, Flacco responded, “I’m not going to get into all that. We’re not playing well enough. We’re not making plays.”
But some of the numbers didn’t add up for the Ravens, including,
- Running back Terrance West had 95 yards, but just 11 carries. Averaging 8.6 yards per carry, shouldn’t West have gotten more touches?
- In three of their five games, the Ravens have only scored one touchdown.
- No Ravens completion Sunday went for more than 15 yards.
As the franchise quarterback, he has not played his best football either - off target on some throws that should have been completions. But collectively, the Ravens flopped offensively Sunday. They marched down the field with ease for a touchdown on their opening drive, but never reached the end zone again.
Asked what happened after that opening drive, Flacco said. “I thought we ran the ball good early on and probably didn’t take full advantage of that…There was just a lot of bad play.”
So bad that Flacco felt embarrassed, riding a two-game losing streak that left the Ravens’ offense under pressure to fix things – fast.