Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun
December 22, 2013
It's obviously been a rough season for the reigning Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, who has thrown a career-high 19 interceptions.
Flacco is tied with former Ravens quarterback Vinny Testaverde for the most interceptions in a season in franchise history. Testaverde had 19 passes picked off during the team's inaugural 1996 season.
It's been quite the fall for Flacco, who had 11 touchdowns and no interceptions during the playoffs last season before being rewarded with a six-year, $120.6 million contract in March.
He's the 33rd-ranked passer in the NFL, with a 75.2 quarterback rating, and has been sacked 46 times, second most in the league.
"I've told you before: I don't like throwing interceptions," Flacco said. "At this point, it is what it is. I can't do anything about the ones I've thrown. I've just got to go out there and play this game, make sure we get a win and don't worry about really anything else.
"You guys know, it's never good to throw interceptions and put your team in a bad position. Like I said, if I dwell on that, then I'm not going to give ourselves a good chance to win in this game right here. So that's all I've got to worry about."
The trade of wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers after a contract dispute and tight end Dennis Pitta's training-camp right hip dislocation and fracture have affected Flacco this season. He threw a career-high five interceptions during a loss to the Buffalo Bills in which he repeatedly threw off his back foot and forced footballs into tight areas.
Flacco is now hobbled by a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, and will again wear a protective brace after struggling last Sunday against the New England Patriots. He looked more comfortable in the second half against New England, but the Ravens will need a strong performance from Flacco on Sunday against the Bengals' fifth-ranked defense.
"I'm going to do it the same way," Flacco said. "I really just want to make sure I can be as safe as I can moving forward so nothing crazy happens. I'm pretty comfortable with it. It's not ideal, but it is what it is and it's not that big of an issue."