Daily Caw: Ravens Were 7th Healthiest Team in NFL Last Season


Sep 21, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) winces in pain after getting injured during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Baltimore Ravens news from around the web.  Today we check out Joe Flacco’s goals for the 2015 season, Eugene Monroe makes the Ravens’ 2015 player rankings, debate if the team can figure out how to beat the Bengals, and wonder how in the world the Ravens were ranked as the seventh healthiest team last season.

Ravens news and notesJeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun

"The folks at Football Outsiders, a statistical website, recently did an analytical piece about how injuries have affected teams and their findings may surprise you. The Ravens finished the 2014 season with 19 players on injured reserve, but Football Outsiders ranked them as the seventh healthiest team in the NFL last year and the ninth healthiest team in 2013. In ranking the teams, Football Outsiders used an “Adjusted Games Lost (AGL) metric based on two principles: injuries to starters, injury replacements and key situational reserves carried more weight than players who don’t get on the field much; and the status of the players on the injury report."

Joe Flacco’s goals heading into year 8Sarah Ellison, BaltimoreRavens.com

"When asked about what he’ll do to better his game in 2015, Flacco didn’t say a single thing about stats, wins or any accolades, such as getting a Pro Bowl nod for the first time.Instead, he named three specific goals:1)      Stay healthy2)      Maintain strong communication with his OC Marc Trestman3)      Work on his footworkThat’s it."

Eugene Monroe is 17th on Ravens 2015 player rankingsJamison Hensley, ESPN

"The Ravens would like Monroe to be in the top 10 after Baltimore made him its most expensive free-agent signing in 2014. No one expects Monroe to be the next Jonathan Ogden, but he has been a very solid left tackle for most of his seven-year NFL career. He has the talent to be much higher on the list. His injuries, penalties and uneven play just didn’t warrant it in this year’s rankings."

Will Ravens figure out how to beat Bengals in 2015?Clifton Brown, CSN Baltimore

"The Ravens have lost three straight to the Bengals, dating back to the 2013 season finale. That loss cost the Ravens a playoff berth in 2013. And their two losses to Cincinnati in 2014 kept the Ravens from winning the AFC North.Despite their struggles to win a playoff game, the Bengals have had their way lately with the Ravens. Here are three reasons why:1. Joe Flacco has struggled against the Bengals."

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