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Mornhinweg goes from working with Geno to Flacco

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Mornhinweg goes from working with Geno to Flacco

OWINGS MILLS – You could say Ravens quarterback coach Marty Morhinweg has landed on his feet.

Last year, Mornhinweg was the Jets offensive coordinator, suffering through a dismal season with struggling quarterback Geno Smith. The Jets had another bizarre day Tuesday, absorbing the news that Smith had suffered a broken jaw while being sucker punched by linebacker IK Enemkpali.

While the Jets were dealing with Smith’s latest career setback, Mornhinweg was waxing poetic about Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Understandable. Which quarterback would you rather work with, Flacco or Smith? While Mornhinweg did not compare the two, it was obvious he has been impressed with Flacco.

“Joe has had an excellent camp,” Mornhinweg said. “He’s really got some strengths and very few weaknesses.”

People talk about Flacco’s arm strength, but his ability to put touch on the football is not mentioned as often. Mornhinweg said Flacco makes any throw asked of him, and moves better than advertised.

“When he was coming out of Delaware, he was a big guy with a big arm, and I remember putting on my evaluation, “Very deceptive athletic ability,’’’ Mornhinweg said. “That surprised me once I turned the film on, and then (he) certainly has the instincts.

“This arm, that’s a special quality. There’s only a select few that can do that, that just have that strength. He’ll make a very difficult throw, a throw that some people would never even attempt in this league, and he’ll make it look easy. It’s really a special type of arm there, yes.”

The debate about Flacco’s ranking among NFL quarterbacks never seems to end.

However, nobody has to tell Mornhinweg he’s lucky to be coaching Flacco.

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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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