While Joe Flacco struggled for a large portion of Sunday's divisional round win over the Texans, he has gotten a fair amount of support from coaches and teammates over the last couple of days.
Head coach John Harbaugh said he told Flacco after the game that he thought the Ravens' quarterback "played very, very well".
Linebacker Ray Lewis said that Flacco "has done a heck of a job getting us into the position to win."
Yesterday, during a SiriusXM NFL Radio interview, safety Ed Reed had some less supportive comments in regards to Flacco's performance against Houston.
"I think Joe was kind of rattled a little bit by that defense," Reed said. "They had a lot of guys in the box on him. And, I mean, they were getting to him. I think a couple times he needed to get rid of the ball. I don't know how much of the play calling he could have made audibles or anything like that, checks or whatnot, but it just didn't look like he had a hold on the offense, you know, of times past. You know, it was just kind of like they was telling him to do, throw the ball or get it here, you know, get it to certain guys. And he can't play like that.
"You know, one particular play that sticks out to me is when Ray Rice came out of the backfield, he got pushed down and (Flacco) still threw him the ball and you got one-on-one with Torrey Smith on the outside. But it's hearsay for me. I can say that sitting on the sidelines, you know, or sitting in the stands. You just never know what somebody else is seeing."
The timing of Reed's comments is a little strange, given that the Ravens are just 60 minutes from a Super Bowl appearance and they want Flacco to be as confident as possible heading into this Sunday's AFC championship game against the Patriots.
You usually hear comments like the ones above once a team's season is over or they've been bounced from the playoffs, not as a Super Bowl run is ongoing.
While Reed's criticism might be accurate - Reed would know better than I would whether Flacco was "rattled" against the Texans - Flacco was going up against the NFL's No. 2 defense. Many quarterbacks are likely to be uncomfortable going up against Houston's fast, aggressive front seven, especially when they have to deal with as much pressure as Flacco did on Sunday.
In addition, Flacco didn't exactly stink up the joint against the Texans, completing 14-of-27 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns, without a turnover.
During Reed's radio interview, he also said that the Ravens' offensive line needs to step up their play and that he feels backup running back Ricky Williams should have gotten more reps on Sunday.
"It's a lot of things that we all need to correct going into New England because they do such a great job of making adjustments, you know, in-game adjustments," Reed said. "It's not just coming up with a scheme and playing the game. You gotta be able to make adjustments while the game is in the flow."