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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2001
Let's get this out of our systems now and save ourselves a couple hundred headlines, talk show bits and stadium banners next football season in Baltimore: ELVIS HAS LEFT THE STADIUM HE AIN'T NOTHING BUT A HOUND DOG ELVIS IS MUSIC TO RAVENS' EARS THE KING LIVES! And ... ELVIS SIGHTING IN OWINGS MILLS! But nothing can be as low-down - or funny - as what the Ravens' new $30 million quarterback saw when he looked up into the stands in 1995. Replacing an injured Steve Young, the then-San Francisco 49er quarterback Elvis Grbac saw a banner that he remembers verbatim to this day: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ELVIS GRBAC AND ELVIS PRESLEY?
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By Matt Vensel | March 16, 2011
The Ravens' decision to replace quarterback Trent Dilfer with Elvis Grbac after Dilfer steered the team to its only Super Bowl title was arguably one of the biggest follies in franchise history. And according to Adam Rank of NFL.com, Grbac was one of the biggest free-agent quarterback busts in NFL history, too. In a list published yesterday on NFL.com , Rank ranked the Ravens' acquisition of Grbac in 2001 as the second worst free-agent quarterback signing in league history.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | July 29, 2001
During the Ravens' Super Bowl run, the offense played sidekick to the team's history-making defense. The attack unit was defined by a predictable game plan, a five-game touchdown drought and a mediocre quarterback. Exit the limited range of Trent Dilfer. Enter the Pro Bowl arm of Elvis Grbac. With Grbac in the mix, the Ravens envision opening their offense, their playbook and, ultimately, some eyes. "I think there's a sense of urgency to say, `Hey, we are great, too,' " Grbac said. "We want to dictate the tempo of games.
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By Ken Murray | ken.murray@baltsun.com | January 8, 2010
Joe Flacco's second NFL season has been more struggle than coronation, more roller-coaster ride than straight-line ascension. Flacco ended the Ravens' agonizing search for a franchise quarterback in 2008. In 2009, he was under scrutiny for costly interceptions, a rash of sacks, his failure to pick up blitzes and a reluctance to throw over the middle. There it was, in full throat, the C-word. Criticism. Gee, this guy is still making mistakes, both reporters and chat rooms complained.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | December 27, 2001
This week, the Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers battle each other for their playoff lives, but the destinies of both teams were changed seven months ago during a teen-age sleepover. Amid empty pizza boxes and phones ringing off the hook, Elvis Grbac made an impromptu trip to Brian Billick's Reisterstown home on the first day of free agency in early March and convinced the Ravens' coach of his desire to play for the defending Super Bowl champions. That five-hour visit triggered a surprise chain reaction among the top free-agent quarterbacks, shooting Grbac atop the Ravens' wish list and propelling presumed team favorite Brad Johnson to bolt to Tampa Bay. On Saturday night, those decisions will be judged under the national microscope as the paths of Grbac and Johnson cross for the first time since that shocking off-season fallout.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | January 13, 2002
MIAMI - While a shaky playoff past hangs over Elvis Grbac, the shadow of Trent Dilfer looms larger. Winless in the postseason over his nine-year career, Grbac was lured to replace a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, bringing pressure never experienced before as the Ravens open the playoffs today against the Miami Dolphins. Three victories will secure a return trip to the Super Bowl for the defending champions and provide the only shot at glory for Grbac. One loss likely will pin him as the scapegoat in a town emotionally tied to Dilfer, its energetic championship quarterback from a year ago. These playoffs will rescue or doom Grbac's season.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | September 7, 2001
There will come a time early this season when Brian Billick will face the biggest temptation of his Ravens coaching tenure. Should he ride new quarterback Elvis Grbac's arm until it falls off? Or does he rely on the running game, field position and defense, an old-fashioned philosophy that garnered the Ravens a Super Bowl title? Here's one suggestion: If Grbac gets hot, Billick could just let it fly. "That's not a bad idea," Billick said, laughing. If this season's offensive options put Billick in a good mood, it may be because it's such a welcome change.
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December 19, 2005
THE QUIZ DOWNFALLEN -- The last time the Ravens played the Packers, they lost, 31-23, in Green Bay. What Ravens quarterback suffered a concussion when he was slammed to the grass by Santana Dotson and threw interceptions that ended the next two drives? Answer below Moves Baseball DODGERS -- Agreed to one-year contract with IF Nomar Garciaparra. Football BEARS -- Deactivated S Mike Brown, S Chris Harris, OL Terrence Metcalf, LB Hunter Hillenmeyer and FB Bryan Johnson. Hockey CAPITALS -- Recalled F Eric Fehr from AHL Hershey.
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By Jamison Hensley | November 19, 2001
Cleveland 3 17 0 7 - 27 Baltimore 0 7 10 0 - 17 Thumbs up: Middle linebacker Ray Lewis. The Ravens' All-Pro was everywhere on the field, racking up 13 tackles and breaking up two passes. He nearly had the play of the game when he hurried Browns quarterback Tim Couch and then chased down receiver Quincy Morgan's fumble at the Cleveland 7. But officials overturned the play on a replay challenge, saying the pass was incomplete. Thumbs down: Quarterback Elvis Grbac. His poor decisions cost the Ravens the game.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | November 6, 2001
When Baltimore makes its way back to Monday Night Football next week, Ravens quarterback Elvis Grbac expects to make his return, too. After sitting out the past two games with bruised ribs, Grbac indicated yesterday that he should be fully recovered when the Ravens play at Tennessee. Although he was listed as the emergency third quarterback on Sunday, he threw with authority in pre-game warm-ups and did not feel soreness afterward. "I feel pretty strong about coming back this week," Grbac said.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com | December 23, 2009
Each Wednesday we'll bring you a Q&A with a Ravens player to help you learn a little more about the team. Today's guest is quarterback Joe Flacco, who tossed a career-high four touchdowns in Sunday's 31-7 thrashing of the Chicago Bears. Flacco discussed the pressure of being a franchise quarterback, the impact of his sprained right ankle and the worst nickname he's been given. Question: What is your reaction when you hear the phrase "Joe Flacco, franchise quarterback"? Answer: I don't know, I'm just happy to be where I am and just trying to continually get better.
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December 18, 2009
T he Ravens, who won the Super Bowl on Jan. 28, 2001, opened defense of their title at what was called PSINet Stadium on Sept. 9, with a 17-6 win over the Chicago Bears. In defeating the Bears, the Ravens used the same formula that led them to the world championship: defense and an opportunistic offense. The defense kept the Bears out of the end zone, and the offense scored two touchdowns behind new quarterback Elvis Grbac. WHAT HAPPENED: The Ravens tied the score at 3 on a 37-yard field goal by Matt Stover as the first half ended.
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September 11, 2009
Week Opponent Date Time Jamison Hensley's comments 1 CHIEFS Sunday, Sept. 13 1 p.m. Surprisingly, the Ravens have not beaten the Chiefs in Baltimore (0-3 all time). 2 AT CHARGERS Sunday, Sept. 20 4:15 p.m. The Ravens can't let Antonio Gates run free the way he did in 2007. 3 BROWNS Sunday, Sept. 27 1 p.m The Ravens have won five of the past six against the Browns at M&T Bank stadium. 4 AT PATRIOTS Sunday, Oct. 4 1 p.m. The Patriots are one of two teams the Ravens have not beaten in the regular season (the other: Carolina)
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | May 10, 2009
Joe Flacco's improvement has been noticeable during the Ravens' full-team minicamp this weekend. The second-year quarterback is hitting receivers deep on a more consistent basis, and he's more accurate in throwing the intermediate routes. Still, according to linebacker Ray Lewis, people are looking in the wrong place to find where Flacco has made the biggest jump from his rookie season. It's not on the field. It's on the sideline. "He understands that he is the quarterback of our team," Lewis said.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | October 2, 2007
The Ravens were beaten on Sunday by the young quarterback who got away and now are looking at a coast-to-coast road game against the one who was kicked out the door after they won the Super Bowl. Which leads to an interesting question: Is this sputtering team haunted more by its past or its present? Former Ravens draft choice Derek Anderson led the Cleveland Browns to a pair of quick touchdowns and did just enough to pull a divisional upset that forced the defending AFC North champions into another week of self-reflection.
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By JAMISON HENSLEY and JAMISON HENSLEY,SUN REPORTER | July 29, 2006
Steve McNair's first connection this summer wasn't a deep pass to Derrick Mason or a touchdown throw to Todd Heap. It was a heartfelt hookup that came moments after he stepped onto the field for his first Ravens training camp and heard the loud cheers from the crowd. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback responded by taking a lap around the field, exchanging high-fives with fan after fan. The touching greeting officially turned the one-time bitter rival into a hometown hero. "Today was a warm welcome for me to be a Raven," McNair said with a smile.
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November 23, 1995
BaseballCalifornia (AL):California (AL): Signed free-agent IF Randy Velarde (.278, 46 RBIs for Yankees) to a three-year contract.BasketballCharlotte: Activated F Scott Burrell from the injured list. Placed G Michael Adams on the injured list.Orlando: Placed G Brooks Thompson on the injured list with a sore back and activated G Darrell Armstrong.CollegesDelaware Valley: Announced the resignation of football coach Bill Manlove, effective June 30.FootballAFC: Named San Francisco QB Elvis Grbac (31-for-41, 382 yards, 4 TDs)
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December 19, 2005
THE QUIZ DOWNFALLEN -- The last time the Ravens played the Packers, they lost, 31-23, in Green Bay. What Ravens quarterback suffered a concussion when he was slammed to the grass by Santana Dotson and threw interceptions that ended the next two drives? Answer below Moves Baseball DODGERS -- Agreed to one-year contract with IF Nomar Garciaparra. Football BEARS -- Deactivated S Mike Brown, S Chris Harris, OL Terrence Metcalf, LB Hunter Hillenmeyer and FB Bryan Johnson. Hockey CAPITALS -- Recalled F Eric Fehr from AHL Hershey.
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By DAVID STEELE | December 12, 2005
Denver -- One by one, the Ravens' players stood in front of the cameras and tape recorders in the Invesco Field locker room and bit their tongues almost clean in half. For two seasons, they have closed ranks around their quarterback, Kyle Boller, protecting and supporting him in public regardless of how many times he did something to cost the Ravens a chance to win. Yesterday against the Denver Broncos might very well have been rock bottom, the worst performance Boller has ever turned in, the biggest giveaway of a game in his entire career.
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