Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco tried to get the media to lobby for the coaching staff to open up the offense. Flacco thought the Ravens became too conservative in the second half against Cleveland on Saturday.
Derrick Mason has gotten around over the past five months. He was released by the Ravens when the NFL lockout ended. The New York Jets traded him in October. And after his brief stint with the Houston Texans ended last week, he found himself in the studio as a guest analyst for NFL Network. In this video from NFL Network, Mason breaks down the young quarterbacks he played with in his recent NFL odyssey: Joe Flacco of the Ravens, Mark Sanchez of the Jets and T.J. Yates of the Texans. Eventually, the Ravens' all-time receptions leader was asked to choose between Flacco and Sanchez.
The Ravens lost on the road, 34-14, to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night. And now that they are back in second place in the AFC North -- they will remain there unless the Pittsburgh Steelers lose another game -- the consensus among a sampling of national writers is that the Ravens will meet a similar fate in the playoffs.
In the eyes of Sports Illustrated columnist Jim Trotter, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been playing at a level somewhere between Texans rookie QB T.J. Yates and Colts signal-caller Dan Orlovsky during the 2011 season.
Ravens: The Ravens will look to continue their trend of roughing up young quarterbacks Monday night. Against Jaguars rookie Blaine Gabbert, the defense aims to improve on its 6-0 record vs. first- or second-year starting QBs.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Monday didn't want his players to disclose the injury statuses of Jimmy Smith, Ben Grubbs and a few other key contributors. ... Harbaugh said Joe Flacco should be judged by his record. ... Haloti Ngata thinks his fine for a hit on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez in Week 4 was "really bull." ... Bryan McCann is eager to contribute to the Ravens. ... The Capitals beat the Lightning in a shootout
The Ravens set a franchise record with three defensive touchdowns on their way to a 34-17 win over the overmatched Jets. Joe Flacco threw 12 straight incompletions at one point and did not complete a pass in the second or third quarter. ... Tom Zbikowski suffered a concussion. ... Back in Baltimore this weekend, Rafael Palmeiro maintained that he never knowingly used steroids. ... After pulling away in the second half against Towson, the Maryland football team is now focused on Saturday's game at Georgia Tech.
As great as the Ravens' defense was Sunday night — and it was magnificent — it was the resourcefulness of quarterback Joe Flacco on third down that helped Baltimore land critical early blows in the bare-knuckle fight against the New York Jets.
Robert Andino hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Red Sox on Wednesday night. Fewer than five minutes later, down in St. Petersburg, Evan Longoria hit a walk-off home run to officially knock Boston out of the playoffs.
Former Ravens quarterback and current ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer recently evaluated the ceilings of the league's top passers under the age of 27 and ranked them based on their potential to become "elite." You might be surprised which players -- there are five of them -- Dilfer said had a higher ceiling than Joe Flacco.
I'm not very good at making preseason predictions. Two years ago, I picked the Giants to beat the Chargers in the Super Bowl. Last season, I wrote a column saying the Ravens would go all the way, and they might have had they not fallen apart against the Steelers. This year, I'm feeling good about the Patriots and the Packers -- and yes, I felt that way before Thursday night -- but considering my track record, neither will win it all in 2011. That's why I'm picking nine different teams to lift the Lombardi Trophy, with a reason why each of the NFL's true contenders will be showered with confetti at season's end. I like my chances of getting it right this year.
The news that Peyton Manning will miss Week 1 with a neck injury -- and that his status going forward is unclear -- is good news for the Texans, Ravens, Patriots, Steelers and the other contenders in the AFC. It's bad news for fantasy football owners who were counting on Manning or other Colts to produce this year.
In early August, when I released my monthly power rankings at the start of the preseason, some of you said it was too early to gauge how the NFL's 32 stack up against each other. Too early for power rankings? Psssh. A little premature speculation has never hurt anyone. After all, it's just that -- speculation and nothing tangible.
Let's jump in the time machine and flash back in time to the early 2000s when Tom Cruise wasn't a known crazy person, "Freedom Fries" were an innovation in redneck culinary circles and men under the age of 40 wearing visors in public was considered to be socially acceptable. Thanks to Al Gore's Internet invention, fantasy football was starting to blow up -- and we were advised to select running backs with our first 13 or so picks.
Chances are a running back will be the first player to come off the board in your fantasy league unless one of your fellow owners has a serious crush on Michael Vick or is the father/mother/sibling/spouse of a current NFL player. Running backs no longer the first dozen players off the board in fantasy football -- and honestly, that makes things much more interesting -- but an elite back is still the way to go if you're picking first overall.