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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 | October 13, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh woke up Monday and watched the tape from Sunday's game again. It was even more enjoyable than witnessing it from his spot on the sideline. "It was a lot more fun watching the tape … when I already know the outcome," said Harbaugh, a day after the Ravens had one of their most explosive offensive performances in team history and routed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-17 at Raymond James Stadium. "But any time you see a touchdown, it's fun. It's a joy, it's just a great feeling.
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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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Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
TAMPA, FLA. -- With a jab step and a quick cut, Ravens rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro gained separation behind Tampa Bay Buccaneers nickel back Leonard Johnson. Then, Campanaro leapt over Johnson in the back of the end zone on Sunday to secure a lob from quarterback Joe Flacco during the first half of the Ravens 48-17 rout of the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. "I was running the seam," Campanaro said. "We had single-high coverage and Joe put it right where it needed to be, and I made a play.
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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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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
For play callers like the Ravens' Gary Kubiak, achieving offensive balance is an elusive pursuit, a challenging and often frustrating endeavor that prompts sleepless nights and almost constant second-guessing. When Kubiak spoke to reporters on Thursday, the Ravens' 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts four days earlier was still fresh on his mind, and the questions about why his offense ran the ball just 15 times in the game seemed as pertinent as ever. "Last weekend, it's the least amount of plays we've run in a game, the least amount of time we've been on the field.
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Mike Preston | October 12, 2014
TAMPA, FLA. -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has several other issues going on right now, but there is another one he needs to address. The quality of play in the league continues to drop off, and it was certainly evident Sunday as the Ravens routed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 48-17. League loyalists like to talk about parity, but some of these games and teams have become an embarrassment, and several are still on the Ravens schedule like Atlanta, which struggles to win a game on the road, and Jacksonville, which finds it hard to win anywhere.
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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 Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston answers readers' questions on the Ravens' loss to the Indianapolis Colts and other topics about the team. What happened to the offense against the Colts, especially the offensive line?  Why didn't the Ravens run the ball more? The way this team is playing, they may have problems on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. - Craig, Winchester, Va. Craig, I don't think anyone understood offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's game plan.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Torrey Smith learned a valuable lesson in his rookie season that is serving him well. The Ravens' second-round pick out of the University of Maryland in 2011, Smith struggled badly in his first NFL training camp and then was held without a catch in the first two regular-season games. The chatter had already started that he was the latest in a long line of wide receivers drafted by the Ravens who would never fulfill their potential. Smith quieted such talk with a three-touchdown, 152-yard receiving performance in Week Three against the St. Louis Rams.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - The mistakes came early and late. Steve Smith fumbled the first pass Joe Flacco threw. Torrey Smith dropped the last one, a sideline opportunity that would have kept the Ravens' comeback hopes alive, if only for a little longer. In between, the Ravens defense accomplished much of what they wanted against the NFL's highest-scoring team, only to watch their own offense falter repeatedly. A 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts before an announced crowd of 65,258 at Lucas Oil Stadium was a definite missed opportunity for the Ravens, who did all the things that they avoided doing during their three-game winning streak.
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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 | December 23, 2013
Quarterback Joe Flacco apparently didn't further aggravate the sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee Sunday, but it was obvious that the injury and wearing a bulky protective brace affected his mobility and effectiveness. Flacco completed 22 of 38 passes for 260 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions for a 56.9 passer rating. He was sacked four times. “He's definitely not 100 percent on that knee,” Harbaugh said. “But to say how much or to what degree is just impossible to say. I think he fought through it, gutted it out. He battled, and that's what you do this time of year.
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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 Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
In a frenetic era of football where the hurry-up offense tends to be all the rage, the Ravens have adopted more of an old-school approach. The Ravens haven't entirely scrapped the no-huddle offense under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, but it's definitely been reduced to something they do more out of necessity -- it's not a heavy chunk of their base offense. That's in stark contrast to a year ago when former offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell devoted many of his game plans to the no-huddle in an effort to spark a stagnant offense that finished 29th in the NFL last season.
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