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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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  • Ravens were again one of the NFL's fastest in offensive pace, but execution was lacking

    Ravens were again one of the NFL's fastest in offensive pace, but execution was lacking
    In Sunday’s AFC championship game, two of the NFL's fastest teams -- in terms of what their offenses do between plays, not during -- will battle it out with a spot in the Super Bowl on the line. The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos both...
  • Finding the right wide receiver will be the Ravens' focus this offseason

    Finding the right wide receiver will be the Ravens' focus this offseason
    The Ravens know they need another wide receiver and they already know the exact type of playmaker they covet, not that they wanted to go into specifics with the Baltimore media during last week's season-ending news conference. But general manager...
  • Ravens snap count observations from Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots

    Ravens snap count observations from Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots
    Since suffering a hip injury against the Cleveland Browns in Week 2 and sitting out the following week against the Houston Texans, Ravens running back Ray Rice has played approximately 70 percent of the team’s offensive snaps, silencing the talk...
  • Instant analysis of the Ravens' 41-7 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 16

    Instant analysis of the Ravens' 41-7 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 16
    Baltimore Sun staff members give their thoughts on the Ravens' game against the New England Patriots in Week 16 of the 2013 NFL season. Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: Given how well the Ravens were playing and the fact that they were at home, their poor...
  • Jim Caldwell felt 'very good' about Titans interview

    Jim Caldwell felt 'very good' about Titans interview
    As Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell continues to go through the interview circuit for a head-coaching position, one door closed Thursday when the Washington Redskins hired Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden as their head coach....
  • Bisciotti is patient, but won't tolerate more failure

    Bisciotti is patient, but won't tolerate more failure
    Owner Steve Bisciotti appeared calm and in a relatively good mood during the annual "State of the Ravens" address. He was disappointed in the team for failing to make the playoffs for the first time in six seasons, but not too upset. But minutes later,...
  • Franchise tag possible for Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta

    Franchise tag possible for Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta
    The Ravens aren’t traditionally averse to using the franchise tag, frequently employing the designation to avoid losing players to free agency and buy time to hammer out contracts. Nearly one year after they didn’t have to use the tag before...
  • A makeover, not an overhaul

    A makeover, not an overhaul
    The Ravens' top decision makers will meet later this week at owner Steve Bisciotti's Florida home and the team's struggling offense will surely dominate the conversation. But the focus, according to Bisciotti and general manager Ozzie Newsome, will be...
  • Bisciotti and Newsome may tell Ravens' future, if you read between the lines

    Bisciotti and Newsome may tell Ravens' future, if you read between the lines
    When the Ravens hold their annual state-of-the-team news conference on Wednesday at the Under Armour Performance Center, we would all do well to listen closely to what owner Steve Bisciotti and his upper management team have to say. This is the one...
  • Ravens defense struggles to get to Bengals QB Andy Dalton in season finale

    Ravens defense struggles to get to Bengals QB Andy Dalton in season finale
    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton convinced Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs that he was handing the football off to rookie running back Giovani Bernard in the fourth quarter Sunday, selling his fake adeptly enough to get Suggs to crash...
  • Ravens wary of Andy Dalton's quick trigger

    Ravens wary of Andy Dalton's quick trigger
    After harassing quarterbacks for most of the season, the Ravens have totaled just three sacks in their past four games. Rediscovering their once potent pass rush won't be easy against the Cincinnati Bengals. Third-year Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton,...
  • Bengals have talent and home advantage, and a good chance of losing to Ravens

    Bengals have talent and home advantage, and a good chance of losing to Ravens
    As long as the Bengals reside in Cincinnati, there is always hope the Ravens will win. And if the Ravens can't find a way to win, the Bengals might find a way to lose. That's why there shouldn't be any gloom in Baltimore as the Ravens head to Cincinnati...