OWINGS MILLS – John Harbaugh is clearly ready to pounce when talking about Joe Flacco’s ranking among NFL quarterbacks. Following Thursday' OTA session, the Ravens’ coach responded to a general question about Flacco’s growth as a quarterback with a passionate endorsement.
“I’m not going to swallow that hook,” Harbaugh said, referring to where Flacco was as a rookie quarterback in 2008. “Joe Flacco’s been a great quarterback from the day he got here. If you want to look back and say this has been the most talented offense in the National Football League for the last seven years, and they’ve carried Joe Flacco, you can say that if you want.
“Joe Flacco is a great player. He’s only going to get better. I think he’s hitting his stride, hitting the peak of his career. And I wouldn’t want any other quarterback in the National Football League – period, end of story. So just write that and be done with it. Cause that’s the last I really want to hear about it. This guy is a superstar in the National Football League. And I’m thrilled to have him. And I can’t wait to see what he does this year with all the young talent around him. I just want to coach him.”
With that, Harbaugh ended his press conference. It was reminiscent of his post-game press conference after January’s playoff victory in Pittsburgh, when Harbaugh called Flacco, “the best quarterback in football.”
Plenty of folks in Green Bay, Denver, New England, New Orleans, and some other NFL stops would disagree with Harbaugh. However, with 10 playoff wins and a Super Bowl MVP trophy already on his resume, Flacco never has to wonder if his head coach has his back.
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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