Baltimore Ravens defensive star Terrell Suggs is attempting light a fire under the passive quarterback Joe Flacco who he believes needs to step into his leadership role this season.
Suggs takes his leadership role with the Ravens very seriously and isn't afraid to tell anyone how he feels, he has much support for his quarterback who delivered a Super Bowl in 2012 but has challenged Flacco to "Be one of those premier, elite quarterbacks and talk to his team."
Flacco who earned the right to be Super Bowl MVP in 2012 has since been rewarded for his triumph with a hefty pay day with the Ravens when he signed a six-year $120.6 million contract.
His stoic demeanour and often adjudged disinterest can lead to question marks over the validity of his worth, his teammates are championing for the quarterback to take the next leap in his career by cementing his position as the leader of the Baltimore Ravens.
Suggs wants Flacco to be like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, he wants his quarterback to act with an intensity and to have no fear in cussing a teammate out if he isn't following the team direction.
He needs to showcase the same intelligence and composure that the elite quarterbacks in the game present on a weekly basis, he needs to take the role of the on-field leader.
After arriving at training camp, Suggs spoke of his desires for Flacco: "Joe is just ‘Cool Joe,’ Most of the time he’s not the most vocal. But sometimes we may need that. He may have to cuss somebody out. He may have to cuss me out. It’s good to hear your quarterback get after somebody sometimes. I think it will be a good thing.”
Suggs wants to see the real aggressive side of Flacco, rather than the passive nature he currently encapsulates.
He continued: "He has cussed me out before, but Joe knows how to do his little subliminal slick shots, We’re looking for a little bit more direct. . . . I’ve said it from the jump: We have a lot of leaders on this team. I’m really looking forward to seeing Joe Flacco come into his own. We’re definitely going to stand behind Joe, stand behind Haloti [Ngata] and hopefully they all stand behind me.”
The issue with Flacco at the Baltimore Ravens is not that he doesn't contain the talent to be elite, but perhaps his drive and determination fall a little short of what is desired.
During the 2012 Championship run by the Ravens, Flacco cut a confident figure who performed in the clutch.The next stage in his developing career is to find the leadership intangibles that his team may feed off, if so he could lead his franchise to another Lombardi Trophy in the future.