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Joe Flacco: Additions give us a chance to do new things

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With Dennis Pitta out of the lineup with a hip injury, a stagnant running game and no receiver filling the void left by Anquan Boldin, the Ravens offense underwhelmed during the 2013 season.

It’s little surprise, then, that the team has spent the last month making moves designed to remedy those issues. They’ve signed wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Owen Daniels, traded for center Jeremy Zuttah and re-signed the now healthy Pitta to a long-term deal. Quarterback Joe Flacco says that the new additions “are going to do nothing but help” the team get moving in new directions on offense.

“It’s a new year, a new beginning and a chance to do new things,” Flacco said, via the Baltimore Sun. “I’m always excited. I think we’ve got a good team and an offense that can put up some numbers. So it’s just on us to do it.”

On top of all the additions to the roster, the Ravens also have a new offensive coordinator in Gary Kubiak. That guarantees new things will happen on offense and they should be better if the new faces live up to the team’s expectations.

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30 Responses to “Joe Flacco: Additions give us a chance to do new things”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 6, 2014 11:15 AM

    LOL!!!

  2. jakec4 says: Apr 6, 2014 11:17 AM

    They got Eugene Monroe signed also. None of it will matter if they don’t fix the run and cut down on the penalties.

  3. juanweiner says: Apr 6, 2014 11:21 AM

    What are they gonna do about a QB?

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 6, 2014 12:23 PM

    If he doesn’t make it as a QB, he could surely get a job as a high school math teacher with such poignant observations. Hopefully his opponents don’t feel the same way and see it as a new year and new opportunity to beat Flacco again.

  5. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Apr 6, 2014 12:52 PM

    If they can land Clinton-Dix in May, then the D might not be too shabby as well

  6. itsfootballbaby says: Apr 6, 2014 1:02 PM

    Jake – They cut their penalties in half by no resigning Michael Oher.

  7. inallsincerity says: Apr 6, 2014 1:05 PM

    In other words, with my new weapons at WR & TE, since I’m not that accurate, I can just throw it up like I did with Anquan.

  8. steelerstrong says: Apr 6, 2014 1:09 PM

    Yeah. More jump ball opportunities for pass interference penalties. I give you the next Matt Shaub.

  9. bengalguy says: Apr 6, 2014 1:10 PM

    ……like come in 2nd behind Cincinnati!!!

  10. rav52ens says: Apr 6, 2014 1:16 PM

    If he doesn’t make it as a QB??? His been to the playoffs 5 out of 6 years as a QB and 3 AFC Championship. He’s only been to the Super Bowl and Won it buy tying The Greatest Super Bowl Run for a QB Ever! Do we forget about those years that we watched Kyle Boller and that Top 10 Defense in their Prime go 9-7 and miss the Playoffs. #Whack #TeamFlacco

  11. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 6, 2014 1:17 PM

    flacco’s name will always be a punchline just like trent dilfer

  12. jamaltimore says: Apr 6, 2014 1:18 PM

    Joe, relax nobody likes Goliath. When you are at the top of the mountain sitting on 120 mil, Super Bowl win, MVP, and nothing but wins everybody has to hate. Can’t wait for this season to start when once again the ravens will just plod along deep into the playoffs! 10 less picks and 10 more touchdowns sounds about right.

  13. kansacity88 says: Apr 6, 2014 1:18 PM

    What about running back?

  14. ravens2xworldchamps says: Apr 6, 2014 1:19 PM

    The Baltimore Ravens have won two Super Bowls since ’96.

    Joe Flacco is Super Bowl XLVII MVP

    FACTS

  15. inallsincerity says: Apr 6, 2014 1:25 PM

    Jacoby Jones was the REAL MVP of Super Bowl XLVII.

  16. surfinbird1 says: Apr 6, 2014 1:41 PM

    All future Raven games official music being piped in will be Van Halen singing, you guessed it: Jump!

  17. inallsincerity says: Apr 6, 2014 2:00 PM

    Flacco became the 4th quarterback in a row to receive MVP after Drew Brees at Super Bowl XLIV, Aaron Rodgers at Super Bowl XLV, and Eli Manning at Super Bowl XLVI.

    He won the MVP despite the 290 total yards and two TDs from hometown hero, Jacoby Jones.
    When one compares Flacco’s stats to Russell Wilson’s. Then, compares Malcolm Smith’s stats and overall impact on the outcome of the game to Jacoby Jones’, something doesn’t add up. They’ll probably remove this post, but I’ll say it again: THE. NFL HAS AN AGENDA.

  18. SAV says: Apr 6, 2014 2:34 PM

    Laugh now gents! When the Ravens have surpassed the total ring count of your favorite teams its gonna be BRUTAL the instigation we set forth on you!

    2 chips in under 15 years as a franchise and we are just getting started!

    In 15 years this team has had 1 franchise QB. The legacy has just begun.

    Eric DeCosta is soooo young. He will succeed Newsome and this franchise is set up for success for the next 20-25 years….is yours?

  19. nickster31 says: Apr 6, 2014 2:37 PM

    Flacco has a $29 million roster bonus due next year. If he has any hope of getting it, 8-8 won’t cut it.

    Next year at this time, they could be losing Flacco ($29 million roster bonus) Rice (performance + prison) Steve Smith (age) and Torrey Smith (free agent).

  20. flash1283 says: Apr 6, 2014 2:44 PM

    Joe Flacco: Additions are going to make it harder for me to complete passes as none of them have the ability to go up and get all the punts I throw up!!

    Say it ain’t so, JUMP BALL JOE!!

    Sorry a$$ overrated and way way way over paid QB!

    JUMP BALL JOE = the 32nd rated QB in the NFL.
    money well spent.

  21. vonkaiser2001 says: Apr 6, 2014 3:10 PM

    One Denver CB falling down in the playoffs has made you a rich man. Without him you would be in Minnesota backing up Matt Cassel. If I were you I would just shut up already and count my blessings. Raven fans wanted you benched and cut two months before that. It’s the offseason so you have no reason to be talking to the media unless you’re making a PR appearance and donating your eyebrows to the Locks of Love Foundation.

  22. evansvc says: Apr 6, 2014 3:32 PM

    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope some team gives this quarterback a try-out, even if it’s for third string…
    GM/Coach, sit down and talk to this guy…I think he can help….

  23. troy43mvp says: Apr 6, 2014 4:33 PM

    Oh please! One of those Ravens Superbowls was the Clev. Browns. The other donated by the Broncos defensive backfield. Count the rings of the Steelers! You will have to look at two hands. Nobody else can say that. Since 05 Steelers 3 Superbowl appearances 2 Wins. Face it Ravens you will always be the little brother. If you behave maybe we can stop for ice cream. Would ya like that? Haha!

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 6, 2014 5:18 PM

    Eric DeCosta is soooo young. He will succeed Newsome and this franchise is set up for success for the next 20-25 years….is yours?

    So where did you drop your Pom poms to type? Please I can’t decide if I should burp, laugh or fart and in which order…. Yawn dreams of little boys.

  25. rav52ens says: Apr 6, 2014 5:23 PM

    The fact that you still have to proclaim big brother is justification you no longer are!

  26. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 6, 2014 5:40 PM

    Flacco will continue to need help from his D because he can lead them in pay but not on the field. Why not talk off season trash like the rest of the Raven lemmings
    jJoe

  27. ravensfan996 says: Apr 6, 2014 10:12 PM

    @nofoolnodrool- If you actually checked your facts, you would see that Flacco is not the highest paid Ravens. But hey, never let the truth get in the way of a good story, right?

  28. hescominsoon says: Apr 7, 2014 2:27 AM

    Flacco proves he can’t carry a team on his own..once boldin and Pita were gone Flacco wasn’t able to play like the 120 mil contract the Ravens gave him….the talent was there. The o-line wasn’t geared towards the run..it was geared towards trying to make Flacco the head dude with the run secondary…we see how that turned out. Folks are blaming Rice..but he’s not the issue. Ozzie blew chunks on this one…it’s going to be a few years until they can re-tool the offense away from Flacco…the mediocrity runs begin.

  29. ravenheath21 says: Apr 7, 2014 3:51 AM

    So many Flacco haters post on anything Ravens related. He has had one bad year and now he is worthless? I call BS! Besides Boldin in which is still not a top tier WR he never had a strong core of recievers ohh maybe Derrick Mason back in the day. And Ray Rice had a bad year last year cause of a crappy o line and a stupid RB coach that tried to make him force thru holes that didn’t exist. Now i do think that Rice is getting past his prime but with a new AC and more targets if Flacco is going to get into that elite status that he says he is this IS that year. I see good things happening for the Ravens.

  30. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 7, 2014 9:36 AM

    @nofoolnodrool- If you actually checked your facts, you would see that Flacco is not the highest paid Ravens. But hey, never let the truth get in the way of a good story, right?

    Sorta like the Ray and Ray stories…. Ok I can do that.

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