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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 flip script this season with a quick-starting offense

    A staple of the Ravens’ struggles on the road last season was slow starts by the offense. But the Ravens have managed to flip the script this year, possibly because of changes they’ve made in how they practice.
  • Is it time for the Bears to cut or trade Jay Cutler?

    Is it time for the Bears to cut or trade Jay Cutler?
    Isn't it time to trade/cut Jay Cutler loose? The guy will always be maddeningly inconsistent and capable of the most boneheaded plays you can see in the NFL. It is time to rebuild. (Nine) years (in the NFL) is enough. Cutler is not suddenly going to...

    After overhaul, different wide receivers leading Ravens' success

    Marlon Brown tied a Ravens rookie franchise record last season with seven touchdown receptions. Jacoby Jones had arguably the Ravens' two biggest postseason catches during the Super Bowl XLVII run. And neither player is factoring much in the team's new-...

    Film study of the Ravens' 29-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons

    Film study of the Ravens' 29-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons
    GAME PLAN: Maintaining a balanced approach, offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak had quarterback Joe Flacco orchestrate a controlled passing game that mixed in a few deep shots. Flacco was relatively efficient overall despite a few miscues in his first...

    Five Ravens stats that stand out ahead of the Bengals game

    Five Ravens stats that stand out ahead of the Bengals game
    Every Wednesday, I’ll serve up five stats you should know heading into that week’s Ravens game. This week’s stats, pertaining to Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, are heavy on what the Ravens need to do to reverse the Week...