A day after saying that the Ravens defense is still the “big brother” of the team, free safety Ed Reed called out Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco after Flacco completed 14 of 27 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns and was on the receiving end of five sacks in Sunday’s 20-13 win over the Houston Texans in the AFC divisional round.
In a Monday interview with SiriusXM satellite radio, Reed said Flacco “was kind of rattled a little bit” Sunday.
“They had a lot of guys in the box on him and they were giving it to him. I think a couple of times he needed to get rid of the ball. It just didn’t look like he had a hold on the offense,” Reed said. “I don’t know how much of [that was] the play calling … but it just didn’t look like he had a hold on the offense, you know, of times past.
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"It was just kind of like they [were] telling him [what] to do -- throw the ball or get it here, you know, get it to certain guys.”
Reed believes Flacco needs to pick up his play to beat the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game this weekend.
“He can’t play like that,” Reed said. “One specific play that sticks out to me was when Ray Rice came out and got pushed out of the backfield and [Flacco] still threw him the ball and he had Torrey Smith on the outside. I can see that sitting on the sideline or sitting in the stands. You don’t know what someone else is seeing.”
Reed also said the offensive line must block better and that Ricky Williams should have gotten more carries against the Texans.