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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 01/19/2012

Joe Flacco says Ed Reed’s comments are ‘not that big of a deal.’ But was Reed right?

If Joe Flacco has a beef with safety Ed Reed for critical comments Reed made Monday about him, it’s in the past now.

“It was a little fun to me, I was a little caught off guard,” the Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback said. “It is what it is. We talked about it. It’s not that big of a deal.”

In a Sirius radio interview, Reed said of the Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback: “They [the Houston Texans] had a lot of guys in the box on him and they were giving [the pass] to him. I think a couple of times he needed to get rid of the ball. It just didn't look like he had a hold on the offense. I don't know how much of [that was] the play calling … but it just didn't look like he had a hold on the offense, you know, of times past … It was just kind of like they [were] telling him [what] to do — throw the ball or get it here, you know, get it to certain guys.”

Reed added that “he can’t play like [he did against the Texans]” in the AFC Championship game Sunday against the New England Patriots. Flacco said he learned of the interview as he was eating dinner. “When I first saw it, I was like: ‘What’s going on?’ ” Flacco said. “Like I said, we talked about it. We’re a team around here. It’s not that big of an issue. I really don’t take things that bad. It’s Ed. It is what it is.”

Ray Lewis defended his quarterback and tried to squelch any lingering issues.

“I think I’m more shocked just how people can speak about somebody who is just a flat-out winner,” Lewis said. “There’s no one side to anything. There’s no one player that makes one team great. It takes a team effort. … A lot of things that people always try to put on the quarterback, I understand it. But it ain’t about our quarterback. It’s about the Baltimore Ravens and we’re a complete team. We win as a team, and we lose as a team.

“I haven’t heard exactly what [Reed] said, but it’s not an issue. The only issue we have as a team is going up and trying to get a big win in Foxborough because anything else that everybody wants to bring up at this point is irrelevant. And everybody in the locker room is thinking the same way.”

What Ray Lewis says, goes with the Ravens. But the larger question is: Doesn’t Ed Reed raise a fair point?

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