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Flacco still a fan of no-huddle

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Flacco still a fan of no-huddle

With every shrug of his shoulders, quarterback Joe Flacco brushes off almost every tough question about the Ravens' struggling offense.

He'll usually preface his remarks with, "I don't know," and maybe he doesn't because the downturn the Ravens' offense has taken is perplexing.

The same goes for Flacco. After starting out the season on fire by throwing for an average of 317.2 yards in his first four games, Flacco has dipped to 189.3

Flacco has just more interceptions (three) than touchdowns (two) in since beating Cleveland 23-16 on Sept. 27. The Ravens are coming off a bye week after a 30-point loss to the Houston Texans.

The offense has scored just one touchdown in the last 10 quarters on the road. It has failed to register a touchdown in the first quarter five consecutive games.

"Nothing keeps me up at night. When I hit that pillow, it's out," Flacco said, when asked about his concern about the offense, to laughter. "Communication is definitely more of an issue when you're playing on the road. … There's ways that we just have to go about communicating better when we have to, and at times, limiting some of that so we can let our guys go play."

If Flacco is on the hot seat, he's doing a good job hiding that he's feeling the heat. But his team is 5-2 and in control of the AFC North.

A loss to the Browns on Sunday could change that. It'll be the first of three road games for the Ravens in the next four weeks, and they average just 15 points per game away from home.

"He's not hitting the panic button, so our offense is not hitting the panic button," fullback Vonta Leach said. "We got a lot of weapons. Joe is our leader on offense. He runs the show.

"If our commander-in-chief is not panicking, nobody else is."

While coach John Harbaugh has hinted he'll slow down the no-huddle offense and rely more on his running backs Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce and Leach, Flacco doesn't want the system to revamped totally.

That's the one thing Flacco appears certain about because doesn't shrug his shoulders when talking about it.

"We're not going to let it go. I think it's part of the reason that we've been very good at times, " he said of an offense that averages 32 points per game at home. "For us to throw that out would be a little bit foolish of us just because a couple times here and there we haven't played great offense.

"We're really building something here. That's a big part of it so I think we have to continue to make a big part of it."


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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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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