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Joe Flacco on Steve Smith: I can’t listen to that “maniac”

  • Jim Racalto

Former Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith was signed by the Baltimore Ravens in the offseason, and already he has become the favorite target of quarterback Joe Flacco. Carolina travels to Baltimore Sunday, and needless to say, Smith is taking the game rather personally.

Per NFL.com:

This is a big week for Smith from a personal standpoint. The Ravens are set to host the Carolina Panthers, the team that released Smith in March after 13 seasons of exemplary service. Back in March, before he’d signed with his next team, Smith warned that a game against the Panthers would necessitate goggles for protection from the “blood and guts everywhere.”

So yeah, Smith is probably pretty pumped up about Sunday. Flacco was quite aware of this when asked if he thought Smith was asked to be targeted more for the purpose of sweet, sweet revenge.

Flacco’s response was pretty hilarious:

“If I listen to that maniac, who knows how I’ll play?”

Somewhat of a backhanded compliment, as Flacco appreciates the fire Smith brings with him onto the field. This game is going to be one of the more interesting to see on Sunday, given the underlying storyline of Smith looking to take it to his old team.

The Ravens are coming off a close win over the Cleveland Browns, while the Panthers are looking to rebound after a deflating loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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