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Joe Flacco not advocating that Ravens change offensive coordinators

Joe Flacco not advocating that Ravens change offensive coordinators

OWINGS MILLS – Despite heavy speculation that Marty Mornhinweg will be replaced as Ravens offensive coordinator, quarterback Joe Flacco is suggesting a change isn't needed.  

“As far as I’m concerned, there isn’t really much uncertainty,” Flacco said Monday, as the Ravens quietly cleaned out their lockers. “I don’t really anticipate anything happening, but…I haven’t really been asked, there hasn’t been many conversations about it. But like I said, I don’t think there’s really much uncertainty about it.”

Flacco did say he thought the Ravens’ offense needed to become more explosive.

“We need to find some ways to shorten some of our drives and have bigger plays,” Flacco said. “You look around the league, a lot of teams out there are just making explosive plays. We need to add a bit more of that.”

Mornhinweg was placed in a tough position this season, taking over as offensive coordinator when Marc Trestman was fired after Week 5. The Ravens never established the offensive consistency they wanted, which was a major factor in their disappointing 8-8 finish.

Flacco said he planned on getting together with his wide receivers for throwing sessions during the offseason. With Steve Smith Sr. retiring, developing chemistry with young receivers like Breshad Perriman and Chris Moore will become even more imperative for Flacco.

“More guys are hanging out here (near Baltimore),” said Flacco. “We’ve got some young wide receivers. I think just giving them little bit of a schedule during the offseason, it can be a good thing.”

The finality of cleaning out his locker reinforced the disappointment of this season for Flacco.

“Every year is a grind, mentally, physically, everything about it,” Flacco said. “Honestly we’ve had one good year that’s felt good at the end of it, and that was 2012 into 2013 when we won the Super Bowl…It’s all or nothing in this league. At some point, you feel pretty crappy about how your year one. There’s one team at the end of the year that doesn’t.”

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Ravens' Sam Koch teaches celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt

Ravens' Sam Koch teaches celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt

Sam Koch teaching celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt at M&T Bank Stadium isn't exactly the football highlight you'd expect to find in late February. 

But hey, here we are. 

Ramsay is pretty good at punting based on this clip, though we don't know exactly how many attempts and cuss-word filled rants went on before it. 

His connection to the Ravens? Glad you asked. Ramsay opened a restaurant in Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in 2017. He met a few players and toured the stadium back then, so he's returned to get more action on the field. 

Maybe now Ramsay can teach some Ravens players to make his perfect burger. 

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Lamar Jackson's college teammate recounts the time he tackled the elusive QB

Lamar Jackson's college teammate recounts the time he tackled the elusive QB

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is hard enough to bring down during live action, but that task is impossible during practices when he's donning an alternate, no-contact jersey in practice. 

But during a live scrimmage when he was at Louisville, linebacker Jonathan Greenland claims he did what many NFL defenders struggled to do in 2019: Tackle the ever-elusive Jackson. 

"I actually tackled him one time. I think that was our freshman year when he was live for like one time," Greenland said at a podium appearance during the NFL combine. "He probably ain't gonna tell you that. But I always got the video and all that."

Greenland and Jackson were both members of Lousiville's 2015 recruiting class.

Greenland may have tackled him once, but on another play, Jackson showed he was on a different level than most others on the field. 

"He took it for like 60-70 yards," Greenland said. "I'm running down the field, but I'm not catching him, No. 1. But, two, it's just like 'this kid gonna be special.'"

The two former Cardinals played together from 2015 to the 2017 season, which was Jackson's Heisman Trophy year before the quarterback entered the draft. 

Meanwhile, Greenland returned to Louisville in 2018 but suffered a season-ending wrist injury on the first series of the season. He transferred to Florida for his final season of college. During his only season as a Gator, Greenland racked up 52 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. 

That production alone is enough for teams to covet the pass rusher in the draft. But if you're an NFL team that Jackson terrorized in 2019, a proven ability to tackle the Ravens star quarterback is an added reason to select Greenland.

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