Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.
September 18, 2011
According to the Ravens, there weren't really any dramatic halftime speeches in the locker room with the team trailing 24-6. Vonta Leach said a few words, and so did Flacco, but no one screamed or panicked.
The Ravens did, however, get a little bit of an extra charge out of the storm of boos that poured down on them from the home crowd at M&T Bank Stadium. Cam Cameron, of all people, said he actually respected the fans for booing. And he absolutely understood that a lot of it was being directed at him.
"Our fans are brutal when we play like we did the other night [against Jacksonville] and rightfully so, because they're so passionate about what we do," Cameron said. "Maybe I'm getting goofy here, but I appreciate the brutal-ness of our fans in a way because it's so important to them. And I have no problem being a target because I know I've got great guys."
Flacco did Cameron one better. He said if he was in the stands watching, he might have joined in.
"I don't go to a lot of football games [but] I'd probably be wanting to boo if I was in the stands, too," Flacco said. "We weren't looking too good, and we weren't playing too well."
It wouldn't be a good thing if booing the offense became a habit in Baltimore. Flacco was quick to point out that, as much as players say they don't listen and don't care, they absolutely absorb it it happens. They can't ignore it.
"I can affect us," Flacco said. "It really could affect our guys. We have to stay strong and stay mentally tough and not let it get to us. It didn't really feel good when we weren't successful out there. But what was there to lose really?"