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Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco
The Baltimore Ravens drafted quarterback Joe Flacco out of the University of Delaware with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. Flacco was expected to serve as the Ravens' third-string quarterback as a rookie, but a shoulder injury in training camp landed starter Kyle Boller on injured reserve and backup Troy Smith was sidelined with a severe tonsil infection, elevating Flacco to the team's No. 1 spot.

Flacco started every game for the Ravens as a rookie, leading Baltimore to an 11-5 record. During the regular season he completed 60 percent of his passes (257-for-428) for 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Flacco became the first rookie quarterback in NFL his...
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The Baltimore Ravens drafted quarterback Joe Flacco out of the University of Delaware with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. Flacco was expected to serve as the Ravens' third-string quarterback as a rookie, but a shoulder injury in training camp landed starter Kyle Boller on injured reserve and backup Troy Smith was sidelined with a severe tonsil infection, elevating Flacco to the team's No. 1 spot.

Flacco started every game for the Ravens as a rookie, leading Baltimore to an 11-5 record. During the regular season he completed 60 percent of his passes (257-for-428) for 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Flacco became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to win his first two playoff starts. Flacco and the Ravens fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game, ending the season with a 13-6 record.

Flacco was born Jan. 16, 1985 in Audubon, N.J. He began his college career at the University of Pittsburgh before transferring to Delaware and starting for the Blue Hens as a junior and senior.
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  • For at least one game, no sight of two-quarterback offense in Ravens offense

    For at least one game, no sight of two-quarterback offense in Ravens offense
    After his franchise signal caller this week criticized the use of the two-quarterback offense, coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens were willing to do whatever it took to move the ball offensively. By saying as much, Harbaugh made it clear that Joe Flacco'...
  • Ravens notebook: Steelers' Mike Tomlin drifts close to Jacoby Jones on return

    Ravens notebook: Steelers' Mike Tomlin drifts close to Jacoby Jones on return
    Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin drifted onto the field with his back turned to the play in the third quarter Thursday night, narrowly avoiding a collision with Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones during a long kickoff return. The bizarre sequence...
  • Defense steps up in Ravens' 30-9 win over the Houston Texans

    Defense steps up in Ravens' 30-9 win over the Houston Texans
    Ravens middle linebacker Daryl Smith catches passes from the JUGS machine for about 10 minutes before the start of every practice, so he knows exactly what to do when he breaks on an underneath route and finds a ball coming directly toward his chest....
  • Joe Flacco throws five interceptions as Ravens fall, 23-20, to Bills

    Joe Flacco throws five interceptions as Ravens fall, 23-20, to Bills
    Joe Flacco leaned against a wall adjacent to the Ravens’ locker room and heard his head coach take responsibility for a loss that John Harbaugh described as a “poor performance.” In a discouraging 23-20 defeat to the Buffalo Bills in...
  • Justin Tucker's 44-yard field goal lifts Ravens to 26-23 win over Dolphins

    Justin Tucker's 44-yard field goal lifts Ravens to 26-23 win over Dolphins
    Ray Rice had welts on his forehead and upper right arm. He needed to douse his eyes with drops to clear them of dirt and sweat. After more than three hours of playing in stifling heat and humidity, the Ravens diminutive running back looked like a man...
  • After sluggish start, Ravens can't recover in 19-17 loss to Packers

    After sluggish start, Ravens can't recover in 19-17 loss to Packers
    One-by-one, Joe Flacco rattled off the Ravens’ various offensive deficiencies. The list was long, but the Ravens quarterback summed them up quite nicely. “It was overall not good,” Flacco said. “You can’t expect to play...
  • Beating Steelers was critical, but Ravens still have room for improvement

    Beating Steelers was critical, but Ravens still have room for improvement
    The Ravens may have had their most important win of the season Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but this team still has room for a lot of improvement, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Ravens will welcome five field...
  • Snap count observations from the Ravens' win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night

    Snap count observations from the Ravens' win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night
    When the Ravens played the Pittsburgh Steelers last month, Jameel McClain played his first game in nearly a year and took the majority of the snaps at weak-side linebacker in place of Josh Bynes, who sat out the game with an infected finger. After that...
  • NFL to review Mike Tomlin sideline play for potential discipline

    NFL to review Mike Tomlin sideline play for potential discipline
    The NFL will conduct a review for potential discipline of Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin for stepping onto the field during Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones' kickoff return, according to a league spokesman. The play Thursday night, which wasn'...
  • Deep thoughts with Joe Flacco and the Ravens

    Deep thoughts with Joe Flacco and the Ravens
    The Ravens have had deep thoughts all season, with only the Detroit Lions throwing the ball beyond 20 yards more often, but until a couple of weeks ago the results they desired had not been coming into fruition. Over the past two weeks, though, the...
  • Ray Rice remains optimistic the running game will improve

    Ray Rice remains optimistic the running game will improve
    It was his turn, so Ray Rice thrust himself off an adjacent table and landed right behind a microphone without spilling so much as a drop of his drink. "That should answer the questions about my hip," Rice said, suppressing a smile. The questions...
  • Looking back at the Ravens' win over the Miami Dolphins

    Looking back at the Ravens' win over the Miami Dolphins
    Ravens 26, Dolphins 23 STRATEGY: Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell recognized a need for a more balanced, methodical approach, calling a season-high 40 runs for 133 yards. Torrey Smith, Ray Rice and Deonte Thompson were targeted on 24 of 32...