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As always, Flacco ignores the pressure

As always, Flacco ignores the pressure

The Ravens were ready to break the team huddle to start practice recently when Joe Flacco took off his helmet and his teammates erupted in laughter.

"The guy was wearing a [skull] cap," wide receiver Torrey Smith said. "You know, the thing that Ray Lewis wears."

For the past four seasons, the quarterback has been scrutinized more than any other athlete in Baltimore. His body language has been interpreted and critiqued. His quotes have been dissected and, at times, mocked. And his performance every weekend during the football season has ranged from acceptable to terrible, depending on whom you ask.

As he enters the most important season of his young...