Dec 28, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Connor Shaw (9) scrambles away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Timmy Jernigan (97) during the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Baltimore Ravens news and notes from around the web. Today we look ahead at what could be a very favorable home schedule, how zero tolerance has helped make this a quiet offseason, and compare postseason performances between two of the all-time greats.
Zero tolerance the new Ravens way? – Cheryl Bowens, Russell Street Report
"Despite team president Dick Cass’s statement, “We look at a number of factors and make a decision based on those factors. It’s not a zero-tolerance policy at all. We’re still going to be willing to take second chances on people if they deserve it. I think it’s a mischaracterization to say it’s a zero-tolerance policy.”If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck… draw your own conclusions."
The key to another Ravens playoff season – Rich Eisenberg, BaltimoreRavens.com
"The Ravens excelled in ground-and-pound football last season. They ranked eighth in the league in rushing offense and fourth in rushing defense.Only four other teams, including two Super Bowl contenders, the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks, had single-digit rankings in both categories. (The New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers were the other two.)Repeating that proficiency in both aspects of the ground game – running the ball and stopping the run – is, in my opinion, the launching point for another playoff-caliber season in Baltimore."
Flacco vs. Montana: Greatest postseason – Kenny Miller, Russell Street Report
"Many consider Flacco’s run through the 2013 playoffs and Montana’s 1990 playoff run as the two best single postseasons of all-time. Flacco and Montana are the only two quarterbacks in NFL history to throw 11 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in a single postseason. Both were pivotal pieces to each teams’ respective Super Bowl run. The two have become nearly synonymous when discussing single-season playoff success. Today’s Flashback Friday takes a look back at those two historic runs in an attempt to see which playoff run should be considered the best of all-time."
Ravens big-time home field advantage – Brian Bower, Russell Street Report
"Under John Harbaugh, the Ravens have won 36 of their last 43 regular season home games and are 45-11 in games played in Baltimore, ranking as the NFL’s second-best home mark since the 2008 NFL campaign began.In the AFC North, the Ravens have fared even better going 16-5 in home games played against divisional foes winning 11 of its last 13 games vs. AFC North foes.The Ravens will look to continue that trend when they host the Bengals in week three, the Browns in week five and the Steelers in week 16."
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