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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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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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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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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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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 | 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, 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 Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2014
As much as the Ravens wanted to forget about the 2013 season, the memories - or should we say nightmares? - came rushing back. There was the slow start on offense, a few head-scratching miscues by quarterback Joe Flacco and a total abandonment of a punchless running game. Then, when it appeared that an 80-yard Flacco touchdown pass to Steve Smith would make all of that not matter, their defense reverted back to last year's form with a critical letdown at the worst possible time. Sound familiar?
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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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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Tyrod Taylor has manned the clipboard on the sideline for three years, living the life of a backup quarterback while Joe Flacco has orchestrated the Ravens' offense. Flacco has been remarkably durable and never missed a start in his six seasons despite a sprained medial collateral ligament, a hip contusion and minor ankle and knee injuries. The Ravens have never had to experience life without Flacco during the regular season or playoffs. And Taylor has never truly been put to the test of running the offense in a critical situation.
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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 Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
The most unsettling sight for the Ravens was not getting stuffed on two fourth-and-shorts or their inability to establish a running game. It was quarterback Joe Flacco frequently running for his life and then picking himself up off the turf. Flacco took a beating against a blitz-happy Washington Redskins defense, but he finished the first half - and likely his preseason - by engineering a drive that the Ravens hope is a sign of things to come for the first-team offense. Flacco hit a diving Steve Smith on a 24-yard touchdown pass, the highlight of the Ravens' 23-17 victory in front of an announced 70,876 at a wet M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
The Ravens' marquee free agent signing bounced back from a pair of quiet preseason games with the kind of impact performance he felt like he needed to have Saturday against Washington. Wide receiver Steve Smith made six catches for 80 yards and a highlight reel touchdown late in the first half, when he hauled in a 24-yard pass from quarterback Joe Flacco while sliding through the end zone. “You come here in free agency and everybody has a question,” Smith said after the game.
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