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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2013
With his season on the line and the careers of some of his Ravens teammates hanging in the balance, Joe Flacco stepped up in the pocket, swiveled his hips, uncorked his 6-foot-6 frame and launched the football. Denver Broncos safety Rahim Moore backpedaled and backpedaled as the ball floated through the bitter-cold Denver air and over his head. Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones opened his eyes wide as the pass somehow reached him, 20 yards from the end zone and 55 yards from where Flacco released it. "That ball dropped out of the sky. And there was only one place the ball could be caught," said ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, who played quarterback in the NFL for 15 years.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
Led by guards Kelechi Osemele and Marshal Yanda and featuring undrafted rookie James Hurst at left tackle, the Ravens' offensive line held its opponent without a sack for the third straight game and paved the way for another strong performance by the team's running backs. The five-man line, which features only Yanda in the same role as he played last year, has become a strength for the team after spending 2013 as the offense's scapegoat. "It's been really good," quarterback Joe Flacco said after Sunday's 38-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.
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March 6, 2013
Joe Flacco signs a contract bringing him over $20 million a year. Did I miss the announcement from the Occupy Baltimore people as to when they are going to protest ("Flacco's record pay day," March 2)? If ever there was a "1-percenter" in Maryland, it has to be Joe. Come on guys, set up a protest camp at M&T Stadium, picket Joe's house. Let's hear from you. Dave Daughters, Gambrills Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
Steve Smith only has been with the Ravens for about six months, but his teammates and coaches are starting to get a better read on the veteran wide receiver. So when John Harbaugh approached Smith in the training room before the game against the Carolina Panthers and asked him the most general of questions, the Ravens coach listened to the one-word response and was content. It was all that he needed to hear. “I said, “How are you doing? You doing OK?' and he said, 'Nope,' ” Harbaugh said.
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February 1, 2013
Three fingers in the air to signal your call, The no-huddle offense is moving the ball. The defense is surging, we hope for no sack Of our beloved Ravens quarterback! Fickle fans booed you at M&T, But you came back strong and convincingly. From the shotgun, and on the run, You looked downfield for Dennis and Anquan. Relentlessly you brought us back, Our faithful Ravens quarterback! In cold, cold Denver and at one mile high, You said, with under a minute, "Never say die!"
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The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2014
Another Flacco could be playing professional sports in the near future. Tom Flacco, the youngest brother of Ravens quarterback Joe, was selected Saturday in the 32nd round (the 952nd overall pick) of the MLB Draft by his hometown Philadelphia Phillies. Tom Flacco, who reportedly has a football scholarship from Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, has a much different body type than Joe, who is 6-foot-6 and weighs 245 pounds. Tom is 6-1 and weighs 187 pounds, according to MLB's Draft Tracker.
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The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2013
Joe Flacco is going to Disney World. After helping to lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory Sunday, the team's quarterback will be going to Disney World's Magic Kingdom Park on Monday for a celebratory parade, Disney officials announced in a post on their website. "The world just saw quarterback Joe Flacco lead the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl win tonight in New Orleans, so the only question now is what Flacco is going to do next," Disney officials wrote. "Unless you have been stuck inside Space Mountain the last 20 years, the answer is pretty obvious: He's going to Disney World, of course!"
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By Matt Vensel | December 22, 2011
Last week, I chatted with ESPN analyst and ex-NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck about San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers for an advance of the Ravens-Chargers game. While I had him on the line, I asked him about Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who has had an up-and-down season in 2011, his fourth in the NFL. Hasselbeck told me that Flacco isn't in the same category as a player like Rivers, whom many feel is one of the top six or seven quarterbacks in the league. But he still thinks the Ravens can do big things with Flacco.
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By Matt Vensel | February 9, 2012
For Thursday's newspaper, I began a three-part series called “Tweaking the Ravens” and I started by tweaking the offense. A big chunk of the analysis piece ( you can find it here ) was about the importance of continuity and stability for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who took a step forward in the team's recent postseason run. That's not to say Flacco is without flaws. He can improve in many areas, which says a lot about his potential. Based on some numbers crunched by Pro Football Focus, a site that got a lot of traction among NFL writers this past year, one area he and new quarterbacks Jim Caldwell can focus on is how Flacco fares when pressured.
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By Peter Schmuck | November 26, 2013
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco raised some eyebrows when he seemed unenthusiastic about the team's offensive gameplan in Sunday's victory over the New York Jets, and Tuesday he doubled down on his disapproval of the “wildcat" plays that offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell added to the team's inconsistent attack. That's OK. Everybody has a right to an opinion and it's sometimes refreshing to hear an influential player set aside the usual teamspeak and deliver a candid appraisal of some aspect of the game.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors share their immediate reaction to the Ravens' 38-10 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: Was there any doubt that Steve Smith was going to have a huge game playing against his former team? The second Smith ran under Joe Flacco's deflected pass and took it 61 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter, you knew it was going to be a long day for the Panthers. Flacco played another strong game and the offensive line continues to impress.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
The arrival of veteran wide receiver Steve Smith didn't suddenly transform wide receiver Torrey Smith into the forgotten man in the Ravens' offense. That's been the net effect, though, for the former Maryland standout as Torrey Smith and quarterback Joe Flacco have struggled to connect on deep passes. Meanwhile, Steve Smith has thrived in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's system. Torrey Smith has been targeted 19 times and has caught just six passes for 85 yards while Steve Smith has been thrown to 31 times and has 18 catches, 290 yards and a touchdown.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Every Wednesday, I'll serve up five stats you should know heading into that week's Ravens game. This week's stats, pertaining to Sunday's game against Carolina, will likely get lost in the shuffle, and by shuffle I mean incessant discussion of Steve Smith. 14 --  Panthers tight end Greg Olson averages 14 yards per reception (16 catches for 224 yards with a pair of touchdowns) through three games, and he could give the Ravens pass defense big problems. Before he dislocated his elbow, Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eiffert found space underneath, and Steelers tight end Heath Miller exploited the inside zone a few times as well in Week 2. Olson is the most reliable pass catcher remaining in Carolina, and a healthy Olson could victimize the Ravens in the middle of the defense.
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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 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 Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith has spent the majority of the first two games running fly patterns and operating as something of a glorified decoy. The former Maryland star has been targeted 10 times and has just four receptions for 60 yards and no touchdowns. He drew one defensive pass interference penalty against the Pittsburgh Steelers on cornerback Cortez Allen that led to an Owen Daniels touchdown. Smith said he's not concerned about his workload and expects to get his touches as the season goes on. "I'm playing my part, and I know the ball is going to come more than it has been," said Smith, who caught a career-high 65 passes for 1,128 yards and four touchdowns last season.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2010
It was all the way back in Week 2 when Joe Flacco looked befuddled, when he threw four passes to the Cincinnati Bengals in a five-point Ravens' loss and looked like he was ready to implode. In the life of an NFL quarterback, it was an eternity ago. Fifteen weeks later, the Bengals are on the horizon again and there is no befuddlement in Flacco. There was no implosion, either. He is, as expected, leading the Ravens into the postseason for the third straight year. He has, as was hoped, shown signs of blossoming into one of the league's elite quarterbacks.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2013
For four years, six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk snapped the football to Ravens star quarterback Joe Flacco. Since Birk retired in February, the veteran lineman has passed another valuable commodity onto Flacco with the sale of his Baltimore County home to the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player quarterback for $1.385 million, according to records. Flacco purchased the home from Birk earlier this year after the quarterback signed a $120.6 million contract that included a $29 million signing bonus and a total of $51 million in guaranteed money.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
When the Ravens' offensive line and fullback Kyle Juszczyk stepped in unison to their right Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense was convinced that a trademark outside-zone run was headed in that direction. It was a faulty assumption, as quarterback Joe Flacco sold the Steelers on his play-action fake before lobbing the football to tight end Owen Daniels wide open in the left corner of the end zone for the Ravens' first touchdown of a 26-6 victory. How Daniels slipped out for the 2-yard score during the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium was an example of the kind of offensive balance the Ravens are hoping to build.
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2014
The short span between the Ravens' loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and tonight's prime-time showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers was made interminable by the release of Ray Rice. As team and league officials scrambled to quell the controversy surrounding the former running back, the Ravens and their coaches kept their sights on a game heightened in importance by their Week 1 loss and the visiting rival Steelers. "It's everything," Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said of the game.
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