OWINGS MILLS, Md. (USA Today) - Joe Flacco isn't down on himself or his 2-2 Baltimore Ravens despite Sunday's ugly 23-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
It's as if the ever-steady Flacco was coming off a five-touchdown performance instead of the first five-interception meltdown of his 97-game career.
"I'm as confident as I could be, as I always am,'' Flacco said Wednesday. "I love where we're headed."
The defending champs are heading to Miami to face the 3-1 Dolphins on Sunday. And they're going with a 28th-ranked offense that's become severely unbalanced due to the Ravens inability to run.
"Is our record where we want it to be? No," Flacco said. "But we got a lot of guys getting work. We're finding a lot about (young receivers) Marlon Brown, Tandon Doss, Deonte Thompson, about (tight end) Dallas Clark.''
Flacco believes the offense will be better in the long run for since the young fill-ins are getting their growing pains over with now.
And that five-pickoff fiasco in which Flacco threw 50 passes while the Ravens ran just nine times?
"It's definitely not easy to throw five interceptions and just be cool with it,'' the Super Bowl MVP said. "It was the main reason why we didn't win that football game.
"You have to live with it. And move on.''
Coach John Harbaugh isn't the least bit fazed either.
"Joe is resilient,'' Harbaugh said. "He's got a certain amount of mental toughness about him. And he's been down this road before. ... And we should see his best game this week.''
Tuesday's trade for Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Eugene Monroe, 26, should help Flacco - sacked 12 times through four games - have more time to find his weapons.
Monroe, who has started 62 of 65 games since he was drafted eighth overall in 2009, was acquired in exchange for a pair of late-round picks in the 2014 draft. Monroe, whose wife Nureya is a Maryland native, will take his Ravens physical early Thursday.
The Ravens will pick up the balance of Monroe's $3.8 million salary this season. If Monroe plays to his expected high level, the club will explore hammering out a long-term deal later this season. Monroe's acquisition was not contingent on the Ravens striking a long-term contract immediately, a person familiar with the trade told USA TODAY Sports.
That person requested anonymity because the trade has yet to be finalized pending Monroe's physical.
It is unlikely Monroe will be ready by Sunday to provide the upgrade sought for struggling left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who has allowed one sack and 10 hurries, according to ProFootballFocus.com.
McKinnie hasn't come close to playing at the level he did late in last season's march to the title.
"Obviously, we're bringing Eugene in to play,'' Harbaugh said. "How soon that can happen remains to be seen."
The deal is the first in-season trade of general manager Ozzie Newsome's Ravens tenure and it sent a clear message.
"It's not a sign of desperation. It's a sign that this football team wants to win and we want to win now,'' defensive end Chris Canty said of acquiring Monroe, fellow University of Virginia alumnus. "We're not going to except anything less than a championship performance.''