Head coach John Harbaugh stood by his starting quarterback today, saying that he has faith in third-year signal caller Joe Flacco and has confidence that he'll rebound after a slow start to the 2010 season.
Flacco threw a career-high four interceptions in yesterday's loss to the Bengals, prompting some among the Baltimore fan base to wonder whether the team should turn to backup quarterback Marc Bulger.
Harbaugh declined to say whether the Ravens had any conversations during yesterday's game about making a move to Bulger, but he said that he has confidence that Flacco will bounce back after the worst performance of his career.
"He's always bounced back," Harbaugh said. "He bounced back from a tough first half and led us on a drive to start the second half. He's always done it in the past. That's the kind of person he is. He's a competitive guy, he's a talented guy.
"He's starting his third year, so you look around, you look at the history, there are going to be ups and downs. We lost a game. You lose games for different reasons, and you try and correct them and move on to the next game and try and win the next one."
Harbaugh acknowledged that while Flacco needs to play better, he's not going to put the loss squarely on his quarterback's shoulders.
"Four interceptions are too much," Harbaugh said. "Joe will be the first to tell you he wants to play better...that just goes for everybody. I'm not going to stand up here and single one guy out. I guarantee on our football team and our coaching staff, every single person has singled one guy out. Who do you think that guy is? Themselves. That's what we do and that's why I'm proud of our guys.
"Joe will be the guy to single himself out, and we'll all single ourselves out and try and get better. That's what we do. It's a long season and he's going to play a lot better. I guarantee you that."
Despite the Bulger chatter in Charm City today, you can bet that Flacco will be the one under center when the Ravens take the field against the Browns on Sunday.
"We like our football team, we like our players, and we're not one bit concerned about our talent level at any position," Harbaugh said. "We know we can win with the guys we've got, and that's what we plan to do."