"I took that comment as a little insecurity by Ed and the defense," Dilfer said in answer to a Sun question during a conference call. "[I see it as Reed saying] 'Hey, we know we're going up against
Dilfer, who quarterbacked the Baltimore Ravens to a
Speaking of that Ravens defensive crew, Dilfer said, "And that's how they felt. They didn't feel insecure with their ability to be able to stop that team. And I think this Ravens team is looking at this
As reported by the Sun's Matt Vensel, the comments to which Dilfer referred were made by Reed in a Monday interview with SiriusXM satellite radio. They included Reed saying 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."
When asked Thursday if any defensive members of the Ravens team of which he played ever called him out that way, Dilfer said no.
"It did not happen to me privately or publicly," Dilfer said. "I think the reason is that we were very secure in who we were as a team. Others wanted us to maybe win a different way or do something else. But we spoke very openly within our locker room about our profile for success and kind of roles each player had. And we were very secure about what the offense had to do to complement the defense and special teams and vice versa."
Dilfer did the teleconference Thursday with ESPN analyst and former New England Patriots linebacker
I think the quote matters because remarks like the ones Reed made about Flacco contribute to the kind of negative perception of Flacco that Bruschi gave voice to in comparing Baltimore's quarterback to Fredo in the 1972 feature film "The Godfather."
Here's the quote from Brushi. Please let me know what you think.