Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis didn’t sugarcoat his feelings about Joe Flacco.
When asked why Flacco has been so inconsistent this season for the Ravens (5-4), Lewis spoke his mind.
"Gifted? Absolutely. Passionate about what he do? I've never seen that," Lewis told Fox Sports 1 on Thursday. "I don't know what that looks like."
The pair played together from 2008 to 2012 in Baltimore — a stretch that included a Super Bowl ring four years ago.
“Maybe it's because his personality just isn't that personality,” Lewis continued. “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.”
Flacco currently is ranked 29th in the league in passer rating, and he boasts a 62.5 completion percentage going into Sunday’s matchup on the road against the Dallas Cowboys (8-1). The Ravens currently lead the AFC North with a two-game win streak.
Perhaps it’s just that Flacco and Lewis have different personalities and ways of handling success or defeat.
“I love Ray, and I love how he always spoke from the heart, but if you listened to those speeches, a lot of them didn't even make sense," Flacco said in 2013. "He meant everything he was saying, but I didn't know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time.”
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