Maybe it’s the hurry-up offense. Maybe it’s new quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell. Maybe it’s the motivation of a contract year. Heck, maybe it’s being a new father.
Whatever the reason, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been in a groove this preseason, throwing balls with conviction and with confidence and taking command of this offense as perhaps never before.
“You just go by what you see in practice every day,” Harbaugh said last week. “(Flacco) has stepped it up. He is playing better. Every day in practice shows it. … He is doing everything a little bit better than he has. Every single day he continues to improve, so how that shakes out this year, that’s what we’ll find out.”
Flacco picked apart Jacksonville in a little more than two quarters on Thursday night, completing 27 of 36 for 266 yards and two touchdowns in the Ravens 48-17 win. He threw one interception, on a Hail Mary heave on the final play of the first half.