One move was obvious, and may prove to be the start of a franchise-changing career. The other? Not so much.
The Ravens named Joe Flacco the opening day starter, with the rookie having beat out veterans Kyle Boller and Troy Smith due to injury and illness. Flacco has looked erratic at time in the preseason, but threw the team’s lone touchdown pass in four games and did not throw an interception.
And immediately after naming Flacco the starter, the Ravens also announced the signing of Atlanta Falcons castoff and certifiable draft bust Joey Harrington to the squad. In stops in Detroit, Miami and Atlanta, Harrington has commonly been regarded as the more popular version of Kyle Boller league-wide; a likable guy with questionable talent at best.
Two different Joes with two different missions for this Baltimore Ravens team are both on a collision course with history this weekend. For Flacco, a win would garner the unabashed support of the Ravens’ faithful. For Harrington, it may well be his final stop in the NFL.
Can’t wait for Sunday.