In his third season, Joe Flacco became the Ravens' all-time leader in passing yards (10,206), touchdowns (60) and completions (878). He established career highs with 3,622 yards and 25 touchdowns this past season and joined the Miami Dolphins' Dan Marino and the Cleveland Browns' Bernie Kosar as the only quarterbacks to have started a playoff game in each of their first three years.
But Flacco committed two turnovers in the team's 31-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Saturday's AFC Divisional playoff game, and the Ravens fell one stage shy of the AFC championship level for the second consecutive season.
Still, owner Steve Bisciotti said he's pleased with Flacco's development."Clearly, he improved and I'm still very happy to have Joe Flacco as our quarterback after what Baltimore's been through since 1996," Bisciotti said Thursday during the team's end-of-season wrap-up. "I think we're in pretty good shape. … I think he's where we want him to be. Does he have holes in his game? Yeah, we all do. We all have holes in our game, and our job in the offseason is to shore them up in every capacity."
Added general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome: "As far as Joe goes, I get the opportunity to see Joe grow more in the intangibles aspect – around the building, around the players, on the practice field, the way he carries himself. And I think I've seen significant improvement in all of those areas, and I think the improvement in those areas helped him become more productive on the field on Sunday. So I think he will continue to improve. I think he's getting comfortable being the Baltimore Ravens' quarterback, and I think he enjoys being the Baltimore Ravens' quarterback."