Ravens beat writers Jeff Zrebiec discuss the 49ers release of former Ravens Torrey Smith and if the Ravens would have an interest in him. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Torrey Smith still spends part of the year in Baltimore, which means he often finds himself well within the sphere of sports talk — on the radio, online, in person — where conversations about Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's legitimacy tend to predominate.
"Joe's a quarterback you want to play with, you want to play for," Smith told Clark. "You know he's going to have your back, regardless, and you're going to have his. He's laid-back, to a certain extent, but he's a heck of a competitor. He works his tail off. I think for a player, he's a guy you can rally around and you want to play well for him."
This, by the way, was before news broke of the San Francisco 49ers releasing Smith. Given Smith's numbers over two seasons in San Francisco, where he failed to top even his worst receiving yardage total from four years in Baltimore, maybe it's not such a surprise he came to Flacco's defense.
"I still don't understand the hate Joe gets, because grass ain't always greener. Y'all kick him out if you want to. I don't think we have a quarterback right now, so you ship him on out there [to San Francisco]. Quarterbacks don't grow on trees, man. When you have a good one, you've got to make sure you take care of him."