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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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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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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, 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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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 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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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh has mostly stuck to his script from previous preseasons, which means Saturday's game against the Washington Redskins will be quarterback Joe Flacco's final dress rehearsal for the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Flacco hasn't played in a preseason finale since his rookie year in 2008 and it's hard to imagine that would change this year, not with the Ravens opening the regular season with three divisional games in a 15-day span.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
It was two years ago when Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco outdueled San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during Super Bowl XLVII and was named Most Valuable Player after delivering three touchdown passes and zero interceptions. During the Ravens' joint practice sessions with the 49ers that wrapped up Monday, Kaepernick said he remained impressed with how Flacco throws the football. "I like him as a quarterback," Kaepernick said. "He just sits back there and he picks people apart.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
It was only one drive, lasting 10 plays and just under five minutes. But it was just what quarterback Joe Flacco and the first-team offense needed to kick off the preseason and the Gary Kubiak era. Flacco drove the offense down the field for a touchdown in his only series and spent the rest of the night on the sideline watching the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers, 23-3, in front of an announced 70,529 at M&T Bank Stadium. “It was nice,” Flacco said. “It felt good to get out here in a game-type situation and feel the nerves of a real game.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
At last year's training camp, much was said and written about the louder and bolder  Joe Flacco . He verbally sparred with  Terrell Suggs  and other Ravens defensive players. He got on officials for not calling pass interference. He loudly encouraged his receivers and celebrated touchdown passes. It was all part of the narrative of Flacco, armed with a Super Bowl ring and the richest contract in franchise history, growing into the Ravens' undisputed leader and the face and voice of the franchise.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
Setting the scene: The Ravens took the field around 1 p.m. after Tuesday's day off and didn't come off the field until just after 4 p.m. Mother Nature continued to smile on the team, providing another tolerable summer day. Good: After he led the offense down the field with screens to  Ray Rice  and  Justin Forsett,  Joe Flacco made his best throw of training camp during a two-minute drill. He dropped a perfect ball right over Torrey Smith's shoulder from around 30 yards out in the back right corner of the end zone.
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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 Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Sports Illustrated's Peter King, who is touring NFL training camp sites in a neat little RV with his MMQB crew, had an interesting nugget from Ravens camp in his column this morning . Quarterback Joe Flacco and veteran receiver Steve Smith are working to get on the same page this camp, one $25 Starbucks gift card at a time. Every time the two disagree on a defensive read, they go to the tape and determine who was right. I'll let King elaborate: Case in point: Smith and Flacco viewed one adjusted Smith route differently, causing an errant throw; Smith said he was reading a Cover-2 alignment by the defense.
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
The Ravens don't have a quarterback competition this year in training camp, but the team's quarterback depth is hardly the given it has been in previous seasons. Joe Flacco's primary backup, Tyrod Taylor, is in the last year of his rookie contract, and the team invested a draft pick this year on Ball State product Keith Wenning, who currently runs the third-string offense. No one involved is thinking about the team's 53-man roster construction before August even begins, but Taylor's uncertain future could force the Ravens to break form and sacrifice roster flexibility elsewhere to carry a third quarterback.
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