Originally written on Down and Distance  |  Last updated 11/19/14

While discussing quarterback Joe Flacco’s contract situation, coach John Harbaugh told reporters the team needs to “pay him whatever he wants”. (Credit: AP Photo)

After an impressive 44-13 win over the division rival Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh had some high praise for quarterback Joe Flacco. After the game, Harbaugh was asked about Joe Flacco’s contract situation. Harbaugh seems to have already decided that Baltimore needs to hold on to Flacco regardless of the cost.

“Pay him whatever he wants,” Harbaugh said, laughing, via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. “Pay the man.”

Flacco was 21-of-29 for 299 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, leading the Ravens to the final 27 points of the blowout. The 44 points were the third-most in a regular season game in franchise history.

For a team that has been defined by their defense over the last decade, the offense looked to trump the defense on Monday. After falling short in the AFC Championship game last year, some questioned if Flacco was a team leader and an elite quarterback. Harbaugh had an answer for those doubters.

“We’ve always stood up here, and we’ve always, all our coaches, the organization, we know what we’ve got in this guy,” Harbaugh said. “Of course he is [elite]. He is a winner. He is one of the toughest quarterbacks I have ever been around. He’s the best quarterback I’ve ever been around.”

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1 Comment:
  • I understand that Harbaugh wants to keep Joe Flacco as long as he can for the team, but I also know that it isn't Harbaugh's job to negotiate Joe's contract for him. It is up to the upper management to make the financial decisions for the team and not him. As a quarterback I myself would put him at or close to the top in comparison with other players at his position. But one game does not a season make and that alone should be the deciding factor in negotiating his contract.
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