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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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  • What should we call the Ravens' new two-QB offense (besides a 'high school offense')?

    What should we call the Ravens' new two-QB offense (besides a 'high school offense')?
    The use of Tyrod Taylor on the same field as Joe Flacco in Sunday’s 19-3 win over the New York Jets has sparked debate about whether the Ravens should bust out that scheme again. It has also led to another, less-heated conversation in the...
  • Preston: There is a simple solution if Flacco wants to get rid of the wildcat

    Preston: There is a simple solution if Flacco wants to get rid of the wildcat
    Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco thinks the wildcat is a high school offense and he is right. But the Ravens would not have to run the wildcat if he didn’t have as many interceptions (14) as touchdown passes. And the Ravens wouldn’t have to run...
  • Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens win over the New York Jets

    Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens win over the New York Jets
    Ravens 19, Jets 3 STRATEGY: Instead of trying conventional methods against a stout Jets defense led by Muhammad Wilkerson, the Ravens got creative. They utilized a variation of the wildcat , albeit with backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor lining up at...
  • Four Ravens-Steelers predictions sure to go wrong

    Four Ravens-Steelers predictions sure to go wrong
    If a national television audience can win its showdown with tryptophan, it will be treated to another thriller between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, who have played three-point games in eight of their past nine meetings. I picked the home team to...
  • Baltimore Sun staff picks for the Ravens-Steelers game

    Baltimore Sun staff picks for the Ravens-Steelers game
    The Baltimore Sun's experts make their predictions for the Week 13 game between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium. Monique Jones Ravens 20, Steelers 17 The Ravens let a close one slip away the last time these two teams met....
  • Who's picking the Ravens to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers?

    Who's picking the Ravens to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers?
    A roundup of NFL experts' picks for Thursday's game between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. * ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio and Michael David Smith disagree on which team will win Thursday's game. MDS’s take: It says something about how...
  • Calvert Hall, Loyola thankful to play Turkey Bowl, even if it's not at M&T Bank Stadium

    Calvert Hall, Loyola thankful to play Turkey Bowl, even if it's not at M&T Bank Stadium
    Playing in the Turkey Bowl last Thanksgiving at M&T Bank Stadium gave Loyola defensive end Matt Gillespie a little taste of what the Ravens go through on Sunday afternoons. His Dons and their rivals at Calvert Hall look forward to the chance each year...
  • Harbaugh keeps feelings about Flacco's wildcat criticism close to the vest

    Harbaugh keeps feelings about  Flacco's wildcat criticism close to the vest
    A day after quarterback Joe Flacco called the two-quarterback offense the Ravens unveiled Sunday a “high school offense” and said he didn’t think the team would utilize it going forward, coach John Harbaugh said Flacco’s feelings...
  • Breaking down the Ravens vs. Steelers Thanksgiving matchup

    Breaking down the Ravens vs. Steelers Thanksgiving matchup
    RAVENS PASSING GAME: Quarterback Joe Flacco played one of his better games this season in a 19-16 loss to the Steelers on Oct. 20. He completed 24 of 34 passes for 215 yards and one touchdown and no interceptions. Since that game, he's thrown as many...
  • Ravens-Steelers history could mean another close game Thursday night

    Ravens-Steelers history could mean another close game Thursday night
    Ravens running back Ray Rice shook his head for a moment while reflecting on one of the most frustrating aspects of this difficult season. No one in the NFL has been involved in as many close games as the Ravens this season, and the results haven’...
  • Flacco out-duels Big Ben and cages the wildcat, the Ravens defense is flimsy late, and more from Thursday's win

    Flacco out-duels Big Ben and cages the wildcat, the Ravens defense is flimsy late, and more from Thursday's win
    Joe Flacco did not sound like a man who had just led his team to its biggest victory of the season. Standing at the podium late Thursday night -- or was it early Friday morning? -- Flacco harped on missed opportunities against the Pittsburgh Steelers...
  • Ravens again show how slim margin of error is, an actual running game and more from Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears

    Ravens again show how slim margin of error is, an actual running game and more from Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears
    When the Ravens resumed control of the football at their 16-yard line with just under five minutes left to play Sunday, it felt as if the Chicago Bears' end zone was 184 yards away, not 84. Their offense had struggled to get traction, both literally and...