I almost made it through my workday without having to blog about someone talking about Joe Flacco, but unfortunately, Steelers safety Ryan Clark was asked on Tuesday to give his take on the Ravens quarterback. Clark took it easy on Flacco, passing on an easy opportunity to make fun of Flacco’s facial hair and saying that he is a good quarterback who is “still trying to take that next step to become an elite quarterback.”
“You know what? I really don’t pay that much attention to Joe Flacco or the Baltimore Ravens for it to be my concern,” said Clark, who laughed when he heard LaMarr Woodley’s comments for the first time when two Pittsburgh radio hosts brought them up. “The times that we play them, I’m excited to play them. It’s a physical game and we’re going to go out there and play. Do I think Joe Flacco has a very tough time against the Pittsburgh Steelers? Yes. Do I think he has a really, really hard time against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger? Yes. But that’s not because I’m cocky. That’s not because I’m guessing. The stats show it.”
Clark, who was appearing on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, pointed out that Flacco is 2-6 in his career against the Steelers, including playoffs, and is 0-6 when they have starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
“Is that to say he can’t win as long as we’re playing? No, I’m not saying that because there are 21 other guys that have to start a football game other than Joe Flacco,” Clark said. “But I think it has been hard for those guys to put up points against us. It has been hard for him to have the exceptional, special games that he does against other teams. I think he’s a good quarterback. People have [been talking about Flacco’s progression]. I’m not sure he has progressed in the way people think he has. He’s been good since he came into the league, though. I think he’s still trying to take that next step to become an elite quarterback.”
One of the hosts then commented that a quarterback’s eyes can betray him if he locks on to wide receivers, and used that as an opportunity to ask Clark if Flacco’s eyebrows “cause any problems” for the fourth-year quarterback. To Clark’s credit, he didn't take the bait and answered the question as seriously as humanly possible.
“You know, they really don’t,” Clark said. “I think they were formally a unibrow and now they have made their way just to a bushy brow. And that may be his trademark. I don’t know. His eyebrows really don’t make a difference in the game. Maybe that’s just what he likes, and I’m sure he has a beautiful woman who loves him also.”
That’s how you avoid getting on ESPN and Pro Football Talk. They should play that sound byte during media training for rookies. But do you have an opinion on Clark’s other Flacco comments?