Five for Friday: Reasons why Joe Flacco could have his best season in 2013
Joe Flacco insisted Wednesday that despite being named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player and becoming, at least for a few weeks, the NFL's highest-paid player, he hadn't changed since we last saw him. "The only thing that is different is I probably don't know 80 percent of the guys' names," he joked. While Flacco may not have changed as a person, there is reason to believe that those experiences will make him an even better quarterback this fall. In this week's Five for Friday, Matt Vensel lists five reasons why Flacco could have his best season in 2013.
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Comfort with Caldwell
Joe Flacco, right, thrived after the Ravens replaced offensive coordinator Cam Cameron with Jim Caldwell, left, late in 2012. In seven games -- including playoffs -- with Caldwell calling the plays, Flacco threw 15 touchdown passes and just one interception. Caldwell is tweaking the offense, but he will not be overhauling it. His calm demeanor and balanced play-calling could go a long way to help Flacco become more consistent. Flacco has the talent to reach a Pro Bowl, and if he cuts down on the cold streaks, he may get there in 2013.