How Do Flacco’s First 5 Seasons Measure Up?

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Joe Flacco has certainly received his fair share of criticisms during his career both on a local and a national level. The Super Bowl XLVII MVP has been shredded by the likes of ESPN’s Skip Bayless and NFL Networks Heath Evans. Not that Flacco should be worried about these two clowns whose contributions to sports journalism are on par with Britney Spears’ advancements in music. The point is that Joe The Quarterback doesn’t get his proper due, although the more qualified Ron Jaworski does his best to stave of the...

Woodley Not Backtracking on Comments About Flacco

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Well, I can’t tell if Lamar Woodley is being stubborn or just being a fool. Remember two years ago, when Woodley stated that Joe Flacco would never go a Super Bowl in his lifetime? Did people actually think this question wouldn’t be brought to him again after what transpired in the 2012 season? ESPN’s Jamison Hensley caught up with the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker and asked Woodley about his thoughts and if he would take it back. “I don’t take it back at all,” Woodley said to ESPN. “As a player...

Conflicting reports on Ravens “interest” in JaMarcus Russell

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An oft repeated cliche in NFL circles is, “One man’s trash is another’s treasure.” The cliche clearly has applicability to the Ravens when they courted and eventually signed Oakland Raiders outcast LB Rolando McClain. Now, according to reports, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome & Co. may be sifting through more of that Bay Area “trash”. After losing almost 40 pounds from his 300-pound frame (at the time of his release from the Raiders), JaMarcus Russell will receive an invite to workout with the Chicago Bears according to ESPNChicago.com. The news may...

CRAB BAG: Still something to play for?

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BEATING UP ON THE BENGALS The Ravens have racked up four consecutive wins against Cincinnati, last losing to the Bengals during Week Two of the 2010 season. Four Ravens, in particular, have put up spectacular numbers against Cincinnati in their careers. Joe Flacco is 6-3 in his career against Cincinnati, and in his last four games against them (all wins), Flacco completed 67 of 94 passes (71.3%) for 824 yards, 5 TDs and 2 INTs (106.9 QB rating). Ray Rice has averaged 5.0 yards per carry in nine career games against...

KIDZ KORNER: Caldwell’s influence was on full display against New York

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During the 33-14 dismantling of the Giants, significant players made major strides. Joe Flacco led the bunch, throwing for over 300 yards and playing virtually perfect. He must have read my last article. While #5 did play great, he has to keep it up throughout the playoffs if he wants to earn respect. Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce had efficient games as well, both going over 100 yards. Many were surprised to see such a breakout game for the offense, but there was one guy who wasn’t – Jim Caldwell....

Caldwell should simplify offense

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The Ravens offense needs a dose of common sense. Too many times this year, there have been issues among the fans with the way the offense is run. Cam Cameron was to blame for many of those situations rather than Joe Flacco because fans would hope the problems with their franchise quarterback are minimal. Well now the OC is fired. But yet on Sunday against the Denver Broncos, the offense still had the same issues. So when does common sense play a role? What I mean by that is the...

Film breakdown: Joe’s bad day – blame the offensive line

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Joe Flacco is being torn down around Baltimore. I can’t tune in to the radio, turn on my TV, or read the Newspaper without seeing Joe being lambasted. If I took the opinions found on these media as the prevailing thoughts of the majority of Ravens fans than I would be sickened. Fans that may have been “Wacco for Flacco” at some point are now calling Joe stupid, slow, apathetic, and overrated. Let’s get a few things straight: Joe Flacco isn’t going anywhere. Joe Flacco isn’t the only problem with...

Two plays that doomed the Ravens

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As every Ravens fan tries to come to terms with a third straight loss, and the second straight at M&T Bank Stadium, there seems to be plenty of blame to go around. The offensive line, an undermanned defense, the quarterback, the head coach, the new offensive coordinator, the old offensive coordinator, probably Billy Cundiff and Lee Evans too. And while it’s true that it was a performance that left a lot to be desired all around, particularly on offensive where the team seemed to be trying to store up on...

KIDZ KORNER: Joe isn’t the guy

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It’s time to get real Ravens fans. No, I am not talking about the team getting back to winning. I am talking about the future. We need to stop saying things we all know are not true. We have to stop making excuses for players that are flat-out BAD. Yes, you know who I am talking about. Sunday’s game just proved even more that Joe Flacco is not, has never been, and never will be a franchise QB. And for everyone that disputes, just answer me one question. What has...

FILMSTUDY: Offensive line model and notes vs. Redskins 12/9/12

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The offensive line may have had its best collective game on Sunday.  They surrendered only 6 negative events, had 2 penalties, and missed a total of just 17 blocks.  No one had a score which converts to less than a C with consideration for position.  The running backs averaged 6.2 YPC, and Flacco had a QB rating of 121.4.  And yet, the game turned on pass rush events from the blind side which resulted in turnovers. Going forward, the class of 2012 has lost its only A student and must...

Was Ravens’ offensive talent overestimated?

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You know, before the season started, there were many pundits who said the excuses for Joe Flacco will stop, given what he has around him. Some mentioned Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson as well rounded threats from the tight end position. I don’t know if those pundits were trying to stir the pot and put possible blame on Joe Flacco as well as more pressure on him because of their own agenda, but I want to know what they were talking about in the offseason. Flacco has his own issues...

They are who we…thought they were?

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Dennis Green famously said “They are who we thought they were.” For the 2012 Baltimore Ravens, that couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m not sure anyone, including Coach John Harbaugh, nor the players themselves, knows who they are. Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron and quarterback Joe Flacco seem to want them to be a prolific passing offense. Running back Ray Rice would like them to go big and run behind Vonta Leach 25 times per game. Ravens fans would like to see a run-first offense with a Top 5 Defense. But...

The Good, Bad, Ugly, & The Megan Fox: Grinding it out

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The Baltimore Ravens escaped Cleveland with a 25-15 win to push their division leading record to 6-2 and 3-0 in the AFC North. It was a game of highs and lows – really a microcosm of the season. The only predictable thing about the Ravens when they hit the road is that they are schizophrenically unpredictable. But when all was said and done, the win was reminiscent of a pitcher who can’t consistently pound the strike zone but managed to battle through. They did what they needed to do to...

What’s to blame for Ravens’ road woes?

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The Baltimore Ravens are widely thought to have the best home field advantage in all of football. And their current 14-game home win streak supports that notion. On the other hand, the Ravens may be one of the worst road teams in the NFL currently with just a .333 (1-2) win percentage against teams with a combined record of 10-12. It’s also worth noting that the one game the Ravens won on the road saw no touchdowns as the Ravens squeaked out a 9-6 win against the lowly Kansas City...

Are the Ravens still contenders?

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Despite being 5-2 heading into Week 9, many pundits are questioning whether or not the Ravens are for real. After just barely squeaking out wins against Kansas City and Dallas and then getting manhandled by Houston, there’s definitely a lot of doubt surrounding the Ravens. Injuries have hurt the Ravens the most this season. The loss of their captain Ray Lewis has impacted the team from a leadership standpoint, while the injuries to Lardarius Webb and Terrell Suggs have limited the team’s defensive effectiveness. Additionally, the offense is going through...

Ravens need to make a statement in Cleveland

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After a much needed bye week, the Ravens are back in action at the Castle and ready to enter the “Dawg Pound”. After a Week 7 embarrassment against Houston, Ravens Nation has been champing at the bit to get ready to watch real Ravens football again. Week 4 against the Browns was anything but pretty. The once vaunted Baltimore defense let Brandon Weeden tear them to shreds as they surrendered 320 yards through the air and just barely squeaked by with a 23-16 victory. The Ravens could have very easily...

Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco?

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Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco? Who is better? It’s a question that has been asked over and over since the pair of first round quarterbacks were selected in the 2008 NFL Draft. Their numbers have been compared and debated along with their respective supporting casts. Ryan supporters will say that Flacco has had the luxury of playing with a better defense which could help mask some of the signal caller’s flaws. Flacco supporters will say that Ryan plays at least 9 of his games each season in domes and at...

Does the Ravens’ “sugar huddle” spell bad clock management?

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Yesterday my colleague Kris Jones wrote that the Ravens should eliminate or severely curb the employment of the team’s “sugar huddle” approach. Kris opined that the Ravens underutilize two of their best players due to their growing dependency on the fast break attack and that underutilization challenges clock management (the Ravens are last in the NFL), thus keeping a struggling defense on the field far too long. Good points for sure but from my vantage point, it’s not quite that simple. Clearly the Ravens do not run the ball enough...

Statistical Look: Ravens’ “sugar huddle” more sour than sweet

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The best way for the Ravens to execute the sugar huddle in Cleveland on Sunday will be to do just that – give it the execution it deserves. Sayonara, scram, adios and goodbye. Eliminating what seems to be the Ravens’ primary offensive philosophy may seem drastic, but so far – especially on the road – it has caused more harm than good. The play calling lacks creativity, being extremely predictable in most instances. The offense is barely on the field and then a battered and bruised defense ends up getting...

Flacco played poorly, but plenty of blame to go around

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When the Ravens lose, quarterback Joe Flacco is usually the first person at whom fans and pundits point their fingers. While his performance in Houston was less than stellar, is he entirely to blame for the Ravens offensive woes? Flacco was responsible for both of the Ravens’ two turnovers in the form of interceptions. However, neither was caused by an errant throw or poor decision-making, but instead by the aptitude of the Texans defense to bat passes at the line of scrimmage. This immediately raises doubt in the offensive line’s...
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