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Ravens' Joe Flacco, John Harbaugh address Ray Lewis' criticism

Ravens' Joe Flacco, John Harbaugh address Ray Lewis' criticism

OWINGS MILLS – Joe Flacco on Friday expressed disappointment that Ray Lewis would question Flacco’s passion for the game, but he dismissed the criticism and said he’s dealt with questions about his personality throughout his career.

“It’s a little surprising coming from Ray,” Flacco said after Friday’s light workout, adding that he has dealt with questions about his calm, stoic demeanor since “back before high school.”

“When things are going good, it’s questioned as if it’s a good thing,” Flacco added, “and when things aren’t going as well as you might like them to be, it’s always a question as to whether my personality is that of one that fits what an NFL quarterback should be.”

“It’s not anything I’m not used to,” Flacco said, “but it is a little different coming from Ray.”

On Thursday, Lewis was asked by Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock about Flacco and his inconsistent season.

“Gifted? Absolutely. Passionate about what he do? I've never seen that," Lewis told Fox Sports. "I don't know what that looks like."

“Maybe it’s because his personality just isn’t that personality,” Lewis added. “He’s not a rah-rah guy. He won’t say much. But, in the game of football, there has to be some burning fire behind you.”

Flacco and Lewis played together for five seasons, and Flacco's postseason run in 2012 is the biggest reason that the Ravens and Lewis won the Super Bowl that season,

As Flacco spoke in the Ravens locker room after practice Friday, several players voiced their support for Flacco with comments such as “I got your back Joe!” and “Leader!”

There was some laughter, but it was clear Lewis’ comments struck a nerve.

Addressing Lewis’ remarks after practice on Friday, coach John Harbaugh said, “That’s a passionate guy talking. I think everybody expresses their passion in different ways. “

“Every personality is different,” Harbaugh added. “Every single guy does their thing in a different way. But every single guy here cares deeply. And works very hard. And wants to be great at what they do.”

“As a leader you have to understand no two people are the same. No two people react the same way, express themselves the same way. Everybody does it a little differently.”

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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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