Reporting Mark Viviano
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Are you ready for the Super Bowl? The Ravens players are practicing hard for their game against the 49ers, and fans are getting more and more excited.
Sports Director Mark Viviano explains what quarterback Joe Flacco is doing to get ready for Super Bowl XLVII.
The Super Bowl spotlight will shine brightest on the quarterbacks, and Joe Flacco is going to step onto the big stage embracing his role as a leader–hoping to lead the Ravens to a title.
“This is a team, there is something here that is very dynamic.”
Dynamic is not a word many use to describe Joe Flacco. But his actions speak louder than words.
In three playoff wins leading up to the Super Bowl: 8 touchdowns, 0 interceptions and a sense that Flacco is growing into a team leader.
“There’s a lot of different ways to lead and the bottom line is–it’s about motivating your players to get the best out of them and have them believe you can go do it in any situation,” Flacco said.
“Well I think Joe has a great advantage and head start to really become our next true leader. You know, he kind of has to come out of his quiet shell a little bit, but outside of that he’s definitely a great candidate for it,” said linebacker Ray Lewis.
Lewis is a vocal leader, not so for Joe. And he doesn’t feel the need to turn up the volume.
“You’ve got to do it your own way and I think naturally as you get more comfortable with people and people understand you more and you become more confident in them, they become more confident in you, you become more vocal as time goes on,” Flacco said.
Time runs out on Flacco’s contract after the Super Bowl. Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome was asked Friday about Flacco’s future.
“I’m not discussing that. You know what, I’ve gone on record–Joe and I have a very good understanding about his contract and where we are. End of story,” Newsome said.
And Newsome says the Super Bowl outcome is not going to factor into negotiations. The GM says he’s going to go off Flacco’s full body of work over the past five years.