Flacco responds to critics, recent Ravens cuts



OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco can’t understand why he’s become a lightning rod for critics.

Flacco has taken the Ravens to the playoffs in each of his three seasons, but some people aren’t impressed.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley said the Ravens won’t win a Super Bowl with Flacco “in this lifetime.” NFL analyst Jaime Dukes questioned Flacco’s work ethic, and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones said, “If you put a lot of pressure on him, he makes bad decisions.”

Flacco is perplexed by the harsh words. He says he’s “played pretty darn good” and points out that Baltimore keeps winning with him at quarterback.

Flacco will begin practice this week without receivers Todd Heap and Derrick Mason, who have been told they will be cut.