Now offering testimony in the case of Flacco vs. Perception in the Court of Public Opinion, we have Phil Simms. Do you promise to tell the truth, so help you Lombardi?
The take from the former Giants Super Bowl quarterback and current CBS commentator wont decide the case, but he comes down squarely on Joe Flaccos side, joining ESPNs Ron Jaworski in praising the Ravens quarterback. Via Aaron Wilson in The Carroll County Times, Simms relayed this message:
I never look at Joes completion percentage and say hes inaccurate. I look at him as a guy who makes great throws, not good ones, every single game. If someone gets open, he hits them. He moves around well. Hes a giant of a man and can throw the football with basically anybody in the NFL. If thats not a franchise quarterback, I dont know what one is.
Put Joe Flacco on a football team where its all about the quarterback and the offense and he will put up staggering numbers. He plays for a coach thats not worried about the glorification of his quarterback. I dont think hes good, I think hes awesome.
Cant get much better than that, can you? If Flacco were a book, I think hes awesome would be blaring from the back of the dust jacket.
Slowly, there may be a new consensus building on Flacco: Anyone downgrading him isnt taking into account the kind of offense the Ravens run, and hed be an unquestioned elite QB with a pass-happy club.
And then everyone would say hes awesome.
Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.
On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.
The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.
"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website.
Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.
Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.
On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below.
In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change.
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Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.
Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.
That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32.
Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back.
However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.
If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward.
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