Joe Flacco says that he doesn't hear much of the criticism. He abstains from reading about the Ravens in the local papers. He mostly ignores watching all the NFL pundits on television and he certainly doesn't listen to talk radio.
Former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick appeared on "The Norris and Davis Show" on 105.7 The Fan on Tuesday to talk about Baltimore's chances of advancing to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis next month. Those chances are very good, said Billick, who predicts that the Ravens will play the Green Bay Packers for the title.
Can the Ravens overcome injuries and inconsistent play? The banged-up team will have to rise to the occasion against the Bengals in order to lock up a first-round bye and a home game in the second-round of the playoffs.
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.
Ray Rice will have no shortage of suitors if he hits the open market -- the franchise tag could be in play, though -- but the fourth-year back said Wednesday that he "definitely" thinks he will remain in Baltimore after 2011.
Thursday¿s prime-time victory by the Baltimore Ravens over the San Francisco 49ers was the most-watched Thanksgiving program in the history of cable television, according to ratings-service data that extends back to 1994.
The numbers are preliminary overnights, but based on the 6.0 rating for last night's prime-time game between the Ravens and 49ers, the NFL Network is declaring it the largest Thursday night audience in the channel's history.
Baltimore Ravens: Ozzie Newsome is the patriarch of one of the NFL's most bountiful coaching trees, an impressive and expanding group of former Ravens assistants now having success as head coaches elsewhere.
After suffering his share of criticism during the offseason, Joe Flacco is ready to prove himself on the field. But before he can do that, members of the media have one more month to share their opinions about the Ravens' fourth-year quarterback. And if perception is reality, then it seems things are looking up for Flacco.
As the NFL lockout limits coverage, media outlets have been quick to create their own news. ESPN and The New York Times have put out their yearly player rankings, while NFL Network released its list of the top 100 players, BaltimoreRavens.com recently ranked the top 50 Ravens, and here at The Baltimore Sun, we¿ve released our All-Ravens team.
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis made two appearances on the finale of NFL Network's list of the top 100 players for 2011. The first, of course, was when he was revealed as the fourth best player in the league -- and the highest defender on the list -- according to his peers.
Chris Jakubauskas and Alfredo Simon gave up six runs apiece Monday night as the Orioles were overwhelmed in a 13-4 loss to the Rangers. ... The Orioles will purchase the contract of Mitch Atkins so he can start Tuesday night's game against the Rangers. ... About a year ago, when the Orioles were in Texas before the All-Star Break, Buck Showalter was contemplating whether he should return to baseball. ... Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was selected to his first career All-Star Game on Sunday, but Adam Jones trails Paul Konerko in voting for the final spot.
Derrick Mason made his regular appearance on ¿The Norris & Davis Show¿ on 105.7 The Fan on Monday morning, and since NFL Network will release on Sunday the top 10 players of 2011 according to a poll of players, Mason was asked by hosts Ed Norris and Steve Davis to name his pick for the best player in the NFL.
I'm not sure what Joe Flacco has done to draw the ire of his peers, but another AFC North rival has come out and bashed the 26-year-old Ravens quarterback. A week ago, it was Pittsburgh's LaMarr Woodley who said Flacco wouldn't win a Super Bowl. This week, it was Cincinnati's Dhani Jones who took a shot at Flacco.
A few national analysts have recently voiced their opinions on Joe Flacco. But consider Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley unimpressed. Appearing on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" on Thursday, Woodley said the Ravens quarterback will never win a Super Bowl "in this lifetime."