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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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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens have announced 2019 training camp dates that will be open to the public. 2,000 fans will be able to attend the 14 open practices at the Owings Mill Underarmour Performance Center. Additionally, the Ravens will hold their annual open practice at M&T Bank Stadium July 27 with Fireworks Night to follow.

2. Wide receiver Jaleel Scott has had a standout offseason thus far after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. According to Ravens media, Scott has been a big playmaker at OTAs and mandatory minicamp and is looking forward to the start of training camp. “I think I had a great practice to end minicamp, and now I’m going to get ready for the start of training camp,” Scott said to Ravens media. “I want to show people I can be a deep threat, that I can make big plays and do things in the red zone, help us score points. That’s my goal.”


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Michael Pierce responds to last week's dismissal from practice

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Michael Pierce responds to last week's dismissal from practice

Kick off your Monday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Last week, defensive tackle Michael Pierce was dismissed from practice after showing up in "less than ideal shape" according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Pierce joined WSNP-FM 105.5 Friday where he responded to being dismissed from practice. “Throughout the offseason, I tend to lift more than run,” Pierce said. “Being a nose guard, I want to be strong or what not. I, honestly, just mismanaged my running a little bit.”

2. On the other hand, tight end Mark Andrews looks "bigger, faster and stronger" Zrebiec said. Andrews had a standout year last season as a rookie with three touchdowns and 34 catches for 552 yards. Zrebiec said Andrews has not slowed down and will be an even bigger asset to the Ravens offense this season.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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