OWINGS MILLS – A key to the Ravens’ season will be how quickly Joe Flacco adjusts to working with new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. Since 2012, the Ravens have had four different offensive coordinators – Cam Cameron, Jim Caldwell, Gary Kubiak, and now Trestman. So going down this road is nothing new for Flacco, who expects to make the transition easily at age 30, with seven NFL seasons of experience under his belt.
“I think Marc is trying to throw a lot at us right now and see how we react to it all, and eventually we’re going to get it all and it’s all going to come together,” Flacco said after Thursday’s OTA workout. “He wants to run a lot of the stuff right now that we’re going to be running during the year.
“We’re already running red zone, we’re already running two-point conversions, we’re doing fourth-down conversions – all kinds of things. He’s trying to throw a lot at us and just see how we react.”
With five of their first seven games on the road, the Ravens can’t afford a slow start offensively as they adjust to whatever changes Trestman implements. Flacco isn’t looking for an excuse, nor does he think the Ravens will need one.
“I think we’ve got good guys, and we’re going in the direction we’re going for a reason and we’re going to be a very good team because of it,” Flacco said.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn’t mince words when asked about the change from Kubiak, now the Broncos’ head coach, to Trestman.
“I like our coaches, I like our players a lot, and I like where we’re going this year with our offense,” Harbaugh said. “I’d rather be changing coaches because they’re becoming head coaches than the other reason that coaches get changed around this league on a regular basis.”
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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