In some ways, saying Joe Flacco doesn’t have passion is not breaking news. Even Flacco admits he’s certainly not the life-of-the-party type. In fact, he said exactly that in a podcast on BaltimoreRavens.com this week. But to hear the biggest icon in Ravens history say it, in the context of a critical analysis, is somewhat jarring to hear.
Originally appeared in Newsday (N.Y.). A deadline write-thru.
BALTIMORE — About 2 1/2 hours before Sunday night’s opening kickoff, with no other Jets players on the field, three-time Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold tested his sprained right ankle for about five minutes in front of team personnel near the east end zone of M&T Bank Stadium.
After going through a variety of drills to evaluate his agility, Mangold did not impress enough. He was ruled inactive and missed a game for the second time in his six-year career, spending it on the sideline in green sweats.
It’s hard to judge exactly how much Mangold would have helped the Jets’ offense, which was largely underwhelming in a 34 -17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. But the offensive line certainly missed their leader.
BALTIMORE — The greeting Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin provided to his silent Steeler players as they entered the post-game locker room was indicative of just how dominant the Ravens were yesterday.
“Take it like a champ. Swallow it whole,” Tomlin said in the hallway, shaking players’ hands as they walked past. “Chew on it.”
The Ravens outplayed their division rivals and the reigning AFC champions in a season-opening 35-7 win at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore’s traditionally strong defense forced as many turnovers — seven, a franchise-record — as the Steelers had points.
Following the print and web coverage of the game, I was asked to join WNST radio in Baltimore to talk about it.