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Joe Flacco embarrassed; Ravens offense under fire after frustrating loss

Joe Flacco embarrassed; Ravens offense under fire after frustrating loss

BALTIMORE – Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco felt embarrassed.  

That was a message to everyone connected with the offense, after the Ravens were shutout in the second half during their 16-10 loss to the Redskins.

“I’m not happy, especially when you play like that,” Flacco said after the game.


“It’s embarrassing to run off the field in front of your home fans, in front of your teammates. Our defense is putting up awesome fights every week, and we’re just running off the field, basically. So, it doesn’t feel good as the quarterback, as the leader of the offense, to continue to do that.

“I’m going to stand tall. I’m going to take it. It definitely is not fun.”

So what’s next for the Ravens’ offense? Surely coordinator Marc Trestman will come under more fire after this performance, and he was already getting grilled on social media.

Asked if changes need to be made, Flacco responded, “I’m not going to get into all that. We’re not playing well enough. We’re not making plays.”

But some of the numbers didn’t add up for the Ravens, including,

- Running back Terrance West had 95 yards, but just 11 carries.  Averaging 8.6 yards per carry, shouldn’t West have gotten more touches?

- In three of their five games, the Ravens have only scored one touchdown.

- No Ravens completion Sunday went for more than 15 yards.

As the franchise quarterback, he has not played his best football either - off target on some throws that should have been completions. But collectively, the Ravens flopped offensively Sunday.  They marched down the field with ease for a touchdown on their opening drive, but never reached the end zone again.

Asked what happened after that opening drive, Flacco said. “I thought we ran the ball good early on and probably didn’t take full advantage of that…There was just a lot of bad play.”

So bad that Flacco felt embarrassed, riding a two-game losing streak that left the Ravens’ offense under pressure to fix things – fast.

PHOTOS: Redskins 16, Ravens 10

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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.


“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.