Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco Is Finally Ready to Lead This Team

Jeffrey SchmidtCorrespondent IIIAugust 22, 2011

Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco Is Finally Ready to Lead This Team

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    Joe Flacco has been good, but not great during his time as the Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback. Flacco came out firing against all doubters this season, and it seems like he is finally ready to take this franchise to new heights.

    Flacco maybe not be an outspoken leader for the Ravens, but his play on the field will speak for himself, and will guide the Ravens to their goals this season. 

He Has Trust in His Receivers

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    Flacco is entering his second season with Pro Bowl wide out Anquan Boldin, and the two are ready to rewrite the Ravens history books. Flacco did lose his favorite target Derrick Mason due to free agency, but the Ravens brought in a veteran threat in Lee Evans.

    Ed Dickinson will fill the empty void set by Todd Heap, and Ray Rice will once again be an opposing threat out the backfield. Flacco is beginning to use his arm strength to his advantage, and he will be doing so this year by taking more shots down the field. 


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    Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was an All-Pro quarterback, which is why fans should be extremely excited about Joe Flacco’s future.

    Flacco has led the Ravens to three straight playoff berths, and he is the first quarterback to start and win a playoff game in each of his first three seasons.

    Flacco is also tied with four other quarterbacks for the most road playoff wins with four, which is saying something in itself. 

Proven Leaders on the Squad

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    Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Anquan Boldin are already proven leaders, and their energy is starting to feed into Joe Flacco.

    Flacco has also been called out by multiple players across the league. But he's handled each situation with the way you would want your starting quarterback to handle it, by showing confidence in himself and his team. 


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    How do we know that Joe Flacco is tough? Because Flacco will stand in the pocket and fire a pass even when he knows eight Steelers are blitzing into to take his head off.

    Flacco is one of the toughest quarterbacks you will find, and his toughness and attitude is contagious to the rest of the team. The Ravens won their first Super Bowl with the "tough guy" mentality, and I expect them to use the same formula to get back in 2011.