The Daily Caw: New Ravens Offense Off to Great Start


Jan 10, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws the ball over New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) during the second quarter in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Baltimore Ravens news from around the web.  Today we hear that Joe Flacco and Marc Trestman are getting cozy with each other (though Mark Brunell puts Cool Joe in the second tier of NFL quarterbacks), and do the Ravens still have two big holes on the roster?

Joe Flacco, Marc Trestman off to great startGarrett Downing,

"“Marc has been really good and we’ve been working together,” Flacco said after a recent voluntary offseason practice.  “We’ve been communicating really well, so it’s been a lot of fun.”Trestman came to Baltimore with a strong reputation for his work with quarterbacks. The 59-year-old coach has been an offensive play caller or quarterbacks coach throughout his career, and his success with signal callers has earned him the nickname, “the quarterback whisperer.”"

Ravens’ John Urschel doesn’t expect an increase in two point playsJamison Hensley, ESPN

"Urschel, a published mathematician, acknowledges the expected points (the sum of each possible point outcome times the likelihood of each occurring) of the two-point conversion is now higher than that of an extra point kick. The reason why Urschel doesn’t expect an increase in two-point plays is coaches are “risk averse.”This is what Urschel wrote on “Coaches like low variation, and a difference of .03 expected points per extra point is not nearly enough to deter them from the safer choice of going with a slightly longer kick (which has variance of .07) as opposed to the much riskier two-point conversion (which has variance .25).”"

Baltimore grows quickly on Breshad PerrimanClifton Brown, CSN Baltimore

"“It’s been great so far. I love the whole city. I love the fans. I love the team. I love all the rookies I came here with. The vets, showing me a good time, the coaches. I love everything about the city. The fans are amazing so far.”"

Mark Brunell puts Joe Flacco in second tier of quarterbacksJamison Hensley, ESPN

"There are certain traditions that mark every NFL offseason: the start of free agency, the draft and the debate over whether Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is elite.Mark Brunell, an ESPN analyst who spent 17 years as an NFL quarterback, indirectly started this year’s discussion on where Flacco ranks among NFL quarterbacks Tuesday when he placed him in the second tier."

Ravens still thin at two positions – Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun

"A definite case could be made that safety is the Ravens’ thinnest position right now. But the position could also continue to be an issue next offseason, when Hill is scheduled to hit free agency.The Ravens are always monitoring the free agent market and the waiver wire. Along with a safety, another piece that they could still probably use is a veteran outside pass rusher."

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