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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 Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
CHANTILLY, Va. - Since quarterback Joe Flacco last broke the huddle during a season-ending loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in late December, the Ravens have dramatically overhauled an offense that struggled mightily last season. They've hired Gary Kubiak as their new offensive coordinator, with the former Houston Texans head coach now in the process of installing his playbook. They've also invested roughly $113.5 million total, including $47 million guaranteed, in new contracts for offensive players in a concerted effort to upgrade the NFL's 29th-ranked offense.
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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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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
From a football standpoint, I don't think the upgraded charge on running back  Ray Rice  changes things too much. The Ravens planned on adding at least one running back before Rice's legal issues began and once they did, they were prepared for the possibility that even when the situation gets resolved, Rice would likely be facing some sort of NFL suspension. However, with all that being said, they better get moving unless they are just resigned to drafting a back in the middle to late rounds.
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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 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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Mike Preston | March 17, 2014
The next move is up to quarterback Joe Flacco. Right now, the Ravens have their best receiving corps since the early days of the franchise when receivers like Michael Jackson, Derrick Alexander and Jermaine Lewis were around. If the Ravens bolster their offensive line, which they will, they might get Flacco back to his 2012 form when he completed 317 of 531 passes for 3,817 yards and 22 touchdowns during the regular season. Flacco was exceptional that postseason, connecting on 73 of 126 passes for 1,140 yards and 11 touchdowns as the Ravens won the Super Bowl and Flacco was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
On his way to Baltimore on Thursday night, Steve Smith got a phone call from New England head coach Bill Belichick who told the free agent wide receiver that he wanted him to play for the Patriots and catch passes from Tom Brady. The reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks also called and Smith said the San Diego Chargers - coached by Mike McCoy, his former passing game coordinator in Carolina - made him a contract offer. But as Smith pondered a move for the first time in his 13-year NFL career, he concluded that there was no need to make any more visits after Baltimore.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
When Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense caught fire during the 2012 postseason, a big spark was the play of a pair of pass-catchers over the middle. With the Ravens often going three-wide with tight end Dennis Pitta in the slot, Flacco had a lot of success targeting Pitta and burly slot receiver Anquan Boldin. Last season, the Ravens were missing that element of their offense and it cost them. They traded Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers and then lost Pitta, expected to pick up more of the slack , in training camp.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
At some point over the next seven weeks, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is planning on getting together with Ravens wide receivers and tight ends for informal workouts to begin preparation for the 2014 season. Tight end Dennis Pitta acknowledged that Wednesday at his news conference following the signing of his five-year, $32 million deal . “We've talked about it, and it's nothing set in stone right now, but I know that's something Joe wants to get done,” Pitta said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
Now the owner of a five-year, $32 million contract, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta didn't have any grand plans for his financial windfall. He did know that he wasn't prepared to let his best friend on the team, quarterback Joe Flacco, off the hook just yet. "I didn't get Joe Flacco money, so he'll still be paying for dinners," Pitta said. Pitta also joked that he had no plans to stop at McDonald's, which was Flacco's first stop after he signed his historic six-year, $120.6 million contract extension last March.
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By Matt Vensel | February 24, 2014
Most Ravens fans would probably tell you that they don't need to purchase the All-22 package on NFL's Game Rewind and dust off their old T-83 graphic calculator to determine that Joe Flacco was less accurate than usual in 2013. A simple eye test could tell you that. But a couple of statistics highlighted in this recent post by the guys at Pro Football Focus, who account for dropped passes when computing a quarterback's accuracy percentage, help put Flacco's season into context.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2012
Esquire magazine, particularly its Style Blog, has big worries that start with one side of Joe Flacco's face and stretch, hairily, to the other. It's the unibrow. And they want him to lose it -- now -- lest it becomes a trend, leading to what they think could be a terrifying unibrowification of America. Style Blog writer Kurt Soller threw down his demands Wednesday in a post called, "How to Fight the Forthcoming Unibrow Nation. " He Posted right about the time Twitter was lighting up with people mocking Flacco's boast of being the best quarterback in the NFL. With Flacco and his face fur so in the news, coming right on another very public unibrown showing -- Anthony Davis and his Kentucky Wildcats triumphing in the NCAA championship game -- Esquire was concerned.
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By Monique Jones and Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco apologized Tuesday for what he called a bad choice of words when responding to a question about cold-weather cities hosting Super Bowls. Flacco was asked by a columnist from Denver if he had an opinion on the decision to hold next year's Super Bowl in New York and the possibility of the city of Denver convincing the NFL to deliver the big game to Sports Authority Field at Mile High sometime in the next decade. “Yeah, I think it's retarded," he said.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
Months before the NFL draft launches in May, the Ravens are unofficially on the clock. The Ravens are in major need of reinforcements, particularly at wide receiver, offensive line and tight end, after a disappointing 8-8 season in which they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season. As the Ravens arrived Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine to evaluate college football prospects, draft analysts are praising this incoming rookie class as the kind that can provide an immediate influx of talent.
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By Matt Vensel | February 12, 2014
Jerry Angelo spent a decade as the general manager of the Chicago Bears, but he is probably best known in Baltimore as the guy who botched that would-be draft-night trade with the Ravens three years ago. We haven't heard from Angelo in a while as he has been out of the league for a couple of years. But this week, Angelo, once again, did not endear himself to the Ravens and their fans -- or their quarterback. The ex-NFL exec, who now contributes to The Sideline View, ranked the NFL's starting quarterbacks for the website this week.
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