Joe Flacco: Ravens' O 'played about as bad as you can'


The unveiling of Baltimore's new offense under coordinator Gary Kubiak isn't off to a raving start.

"We just played about as bad as you can, in terms of just simple fundamental things -- throwing, catching, running routes, staying up, just running the ball, couple mental busts," quarterback Joe Flacco said after the 23-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, per the team's official transcript. "Just fundamental things that you do every day, and it's just part of the routine, and we just weren't doing (them) well."

The Ravens' offense gained just 97 yards and zero points in the first half. Flacco ended up throwing for 345 yards, thanks to 62 pass attempts.

Flacco was off-target for most of the day and didn't seem in sync with his receivers. He attributed some to it being the first game in a new offense, but added he needs to play better.

The seven-year starter also needs to play smarter. He cost his team points at the end of the first half by taking a sack instead of throwing the ball away and allowing a field goal attempt.

"That was probably the stupidest play I've ever made in football," Flacco said.

Given how bad they started, the fact that the Ravens took the lead late before losing on a big play by A.J. Green could be spun into a positive. The simple truth, however, is that they need Flacco to play better and smarter come Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers or they'll be sitting at 0-2 in the AFC North.

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