Evan Hilbert
Wednesday January 18th, 2012

Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed said that he believed that quarterback Joe Flacco was "rattled" in the team's divisional matchup with the Houston Texans, according to ESPN.com.

"I think Joe was kind of rattled a little bit by (Houston's) defense," Reed said, according to the report. "(The Texans) 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 ... but it just didn't look like he had a hold on the offense. ... It was just kind of like (Baltimore's coaches) 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."

Flacco was sacked several times, and Reed also said that some of the blame falls on the offensive line.

"[T]he offensive line gotta block better," Reed said, according to the report. "You know, they gotta communicate better, gotta pick up blocks (and) Joe's gotta get the ball out of his hand." The Ravens will play the New England Patriots Sunday with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

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