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January 1, 2014
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was awarded a $120.6 million contract after winning the Super Bowl . Other players were asked to take pay cuts because Mr. Flacco alone won the game, and their hard work and talent didn't count. And when the players refused to admit this and left, of course it made no difference because Mr. Flacco is the whole team! The fact we went from winning a Super Bowl to not even making the playoffs had nothing to do with taking apart the winning roster.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
When Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco took his first snap in the full-squad portion of Wednesday's practice, three of his usual five starting linemen were nowhere to be found. Despite that - and a shaky performance by the offensive line last Sunday - Flacco said he has no concerns about the group. "I'm not even thinking about that," Flacco said. "Three out of five games, I haven't really been touched. This past week, it's really the situation that we have to fix as a whole group.
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By KEN MURRAY | February 22, 2009
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco already has one of his offseason priorities set out for him. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron wants Flacco to develop more strength in his lower body to help when he has to move around in the pocket. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/ravensinsider)
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco slowly picked himself up after being slammed to the ground, trudging off the field Sunday afternoon with a slight hitch in his step. Although he finished the game unhurt, Flacco appeared to be feeling the effects of being punished by the Indianapolis Colts' relentless pass rush. It was that kind of day for Flacco and the Ravens' offensive line during a 20-13 defeat to the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player was sacked four times and hit six times overall.
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By Connor Letourneau, The Baltimore Sun and By Connor Letourneau, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2012
As Joe Flaccohopes for a major extension in the coming months, another big-name quarterback has reportedly reached an agreement of his own. And it's record breaking. Drew Brees will sign a five-year, $100 million contract with the New Orleans Saints that will guarantee $40 million in 2012, according to ESPN. The extension involves an NFL-record $60 million in guaranteed money. So what does that mean for Flacco? It's difficult to tell. Flacco has one year left on his five-year, $11.9 million rookie deal, and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has said he hopes to sign him to a long-term contract extension before the 2012 season.
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By BILL ORDINE | September 3, 2008
If there is one good thing to come out of Joe Flacco beginning the season as the Ravens' starting quarterback, it is this: He will get more practice reps with the first-string offense. And frankly, that's about it. A number of readers have written to say that the best experience is on-the-job training. Yeah, maybe, if you're not getting your brains beat in by guys whose salary depends on separating you from your senses. (For more, go to baltimoresun.com/ordine)
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February 16, 2013
Aw, Joe, say it ain't so that your contract talks will drag on and you and the Ravens won't be able to reach a long-term agreement ("Flacco talks to begin at combine," Feb. 12). Baltimore loves you and we're so proud of your play for the last five years. You've shown us you're a blue collar Joe just like the rest of us - only with a lot more talent - and we don't want to believe you could hold the Ravens hostage for millions of dollars your great- grandchildren will never be able to spend.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | February 5, 2013
Members of the Blackburn family of Forest Hill didn't attend Sunday's Super Bowl in New Orleans, but they probably experienced the next best thing about the Baltimore Ravens' heart-stopping 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Scott and Kim Blackburn and their children, Brooke, 9, and Ethan, 5, were visiting Disney World in Orlando on Monday where they saw Ravens quarterback and Super Bowl MPV Joe Flacco make the traditional day after the game appearance at the Magic Kingdom. "It was cool," Scott Blackburn said by phone from Orlando, adding that the family vacation to Disney World this week ended up being perfectly scripted.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | September 9, 2008
Joe Flacco made his first start for the Ravens on Sunday and delivered a victory. For Flacco to have a bigger role in future victories, here are some suggestions for him: Three areas in which Flacco needs to continue to produce: 1. Limit costly mistakes. If the Ravens want to succeed against tougher defenses than the Bengals', their rookie quarterback has to keep managing the game like a veteran. Unlike many quarterbacks making their NFL debuts, Flacco never put the Ravens in a position to lose the game, finishing with no turnovers and no sacks.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com | December 15, 2008
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco might remember this game for a long time - and for the wrong reasons. The rookie turned in the worst outing of his career in the 13-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last night at M&T Bank Stadium. Flacco forged lows in completion percentage (39.3 percent), passing yards (115) and passer rating (22.2). His 11 completions were better only than the 10 he made in last week's 24-10 win over the Washington Redskins. He also threw two interceptions and was sacked twice yesterday.
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Mike Preston | October 2, 2014
Joe Cool has become Comfortable Joe. Throughout the years, there is one picture of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco etched in the minds of every fan. It's the one where Flacco sits on the bench after a failed series with a blank look on his face. He talks to no one, and doesn't even look at game photos. As teammates walk by, Flacco continues to stare into the abyss. That doesn't happen any longer. Because of a new coordinator, position coach, blocking scheme and running game, Flacco's completion numbers and passing yards are up and his interceptions and sack totals are down.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Monday praised Joe Flacco's decision-making, especially his ability to deliver the ball quickly when under pressure on third down, as one of the things that contributed to one of the quarterback's better games in recent memory. Flacco threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 137.4 in the Ravens' 38-10 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, with a good chunk of that production coming on third down. “He made plays, and especially third down-and-long plays when he had pressure coming at him,” Harbaugh said.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was back at practice for the abbreviated media viewing portion on Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice and appearing on the injury report as a non-participant due to illness. "I feel better," Flacco said after practice. "Just a little virus, and [I] didn't want to get the whole team sick and get something running through here. ... It was definitely different not being out there. It was good that we had a long week coming off Thursday night's game.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
The last time Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco faced a Mike Pettine-led defense, he had arguably the worst game of his career . Pettine, a former Ravens assistant, was Buffalo's defensive coordinator last year, when his Bills defense had five interceptions in a 23-20 victory. Pettine, now the Browns head coach, said it wouldn't make sense to follow that day's game plan Sunday. “It's not applicable, just because it's a different [offensive] coordinator,” he said. “The system is completely different.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Joe Flacco and Ray Rice arrived in the Ravens' organization in the same 2008 draft, and they've been two of the primary faces of the offense for the past six seasons. Flacco acknowledged that he saw the video of Rice striking his then-fiancee, Janay, in the elevator of the casino. The video led to Rice's release yesterday. “I don't think there's not really too much more you can say about it,” Flacco said. “Obviously, it doesn't paint a good picture of who Ray is as a person.
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Mike Preston | September 7, 2014
Few players can torment a fan base like quarterback Joe Flacco. Sunday afternoons in Baltimore during the NFL season have become an elevator ride of emotions with No. 5. We cheer him. We boo him. We love him. We hate him. Sometimes he has the arm strength of Vinny Testaverde and other times he has the brain of Kyle Boller. The suggestion here is for Ravens fans to sit back, fasten their seat belts and get the cat out of the room so you don't kick it. And, just enjoy the ride because no one knows where it's going to end. Despite playing a poor first half Sunday in the season opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Flacco almost rallied the Ravens from a 15-point first half deficit by throwing for 271 yards in the second half including an 80-yard touchdown pass to receiver Steve Smith with 5 minutes and 46 seconds left in the game.
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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 | December 27, 2009
J oe Flacco might be in only his second NFL season, but you can make a case that the moment has arrived for him to take the next step in his development as a truly elite NFL quarterback. Not that he has done anything particularly wrong over these first two seasons. Quite the contrary. He busted down the door as a rookie and teamed with first-year head coach John Harbaugh to reach the AFC championship game, which is more than anyone could have reasonably expected in their first year together.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
The process of fixing what ailed Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco didn't start with his right arm, his eyes or what's between his ears. It began with his feet. Flacco and the rest of the team's passers started nearly every day of training camp with a drill in which they high-stepped over and around cones while keeping their eyes downfield. The message was sent early that to quarterback a Gary Kubiak offense, they had better perfect their footwork. “It's kind of the way I teach guys to read,” Kubiak said.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
The last time that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco squared off against the Cincinnati Bengals, he trudged off the field with an aching left knee and a frustrated look on his face. Besides absorbing brutal hits from Bengals pass rushers, Flacco was intercepted three times, with his final one returned for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter of a 34-17 road loss in December. The defeat in their season finale prevented the Ravens from reaching the NFL playoffs. Despite winning the game, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton wasn't feeling much better than Flacco after an uneven performance in which he threw four interceptions.
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