Pro Bowl S Ed Reed took some verbal potshots at several of his teammates on a radio show Monday.
Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Reed was critical of QB Joe Flacco and the team's offensive line.
"I think Joe was kind of rattled a little bit by that defense," Reed said, as reported by ProFootballTalk.com. "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, man, 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."
Reed didn't let the Ravens' offensive linemen off the hook, either.
"(The) offensive line's got to block better," Reed said. "You know, they got to communicate better, got to pick up blocks, Joe's got to get the ball out of his hand."
The way we see it
The timing of Reed's remarks are curious, considering they came a day after the team's divisional playoff win over Houston and six days before its conference championship game at New England. Whether Reed committed a faux pas or whether it was a calculated attempt to motivate his teammates before a big game in which they are the underdog, we can only guess. Reed has been in a tense playoff atmosphere before, so we remain skeptical that his comments were completely off the cuff. We'll find out Sunday what effect, if any, they had.