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Street Talk Flacco, Ravens thumb their noses at NFL’s “parity”

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Parity throughout the NFL is a wonderful thing if you enjoy competition, a fresh product, and your team having a chance to win “on any given Sunday.

Rules and processes that the “shield” has instituted such as the salary cap and a minimum-spending amount have resulted in the NFL turning over half of its playoff teams on a yearly basis.

The fact that the Ravens have been fortunate enough to make the playoffs – and win at least one game – in their last four seasons is impressive, especially since they started the streak with a rookie head coach and quarterback.

With a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the Ravens will clinch their fifth-consecutive playoff berth, an accomplishment that Joe Flacco may not fully appreciate given his prior success.

“I probably take it for granted a little bit because it’s what we’re used to around here, and what I’m used to,” Flacco said. “It’s definitely become kind of the norm around here to make the playoffs, especially in the last handful of years.”

Even though Flacco’s current accomplishments in the postseason are impressive, it’s something he said he doesn’t think about too often. He does, however carry with him a sense of accomplishment.

“We definitely look at [the playoff streak] as an accomplishment. At the same time, we haven’t really accomplished what we ultimately want to,” said Flacco, making reference that this team clearly has their sights set on the Super Bowl.

Flacco did his job last season in putting the Ravens in position to appear in the Super Bowl. What happened next was out of his hands -and Lee Evans’ hands as well.

Until Flacco and Ravens reach their ultimate goal, the fifth-year quarterback will continue to have his detractors. The major criticism of Flacco this season is how the Ravens offense is almost unstoppable at home but continues to struggle on the road.

Luckily for Flacco, if his team is able to reach the Super Bowl, it’s played on a neutral field. So would we then see a Flacco that “splits the difference” between his home and road performance tendencies?

That obviously remains to be seen, but it’s something that Joe, his teammates, and Ravens fans everywhere are more than ready to see.

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Kris Jones

About Kris Jones

Kris - or "Goob" as he's widely known - has turned an obsession into a career. As a media member by day and super fan by night, he reports from the Under Armour Performance Center twice per week and brings Ravens news from a fan's perspective. His popular YouTube series Goobvision propelled his career and notoriety amongst Ravens fans, even helping him win the 2010 nationwide DIRECTV Ultimate Displaced Fan contest. He's been featured on shows such as The Jim Rome Show, ProFootballTalk Live, The Sirius XM Blitz with Rich Gannon and Adam Schein, Sirius XM's MadDog Radio, The Michael Irvin Show, Tony Bruno Show, Two Live Stews and FoxSports.com to name a few (or is that a lot?). He's caught a touchdown pass from Warren Moon during a flag football game and hates the Pittsburgh Steelers more than anyone else on the face of the earth. Twitter: RavenManiac  More from Kris Jones
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