'Doggone' Flacco Returns To Scene Of Crime
The Denver Broncos already avenged the "Miracle at Mile High" the last time they hosted Joe Flacco, but the city has not forgotten the pain he caused.
"Joe and his doggone Flacco Fling are coming back," wrote New9's Mike Klis.
"If familiarity breeds contempt, the Denver Broncos are not fond of the Baltimore Ravens," added CBS Denver's Mark Schiff.
That's where Flacco threw a game-tying 70-yard touchdown pass with 31 seconds remaining in divisional playoff game from the 2012 season. The Ravens ultimately won in double overtime, which was a stepping-stone on their way to becoming Super Bowl Champions.
"[It's] a play that stands as one of the most excruciating moments in Broncos history," added Schiff, calling Sports Authority Field at Mile High the "scene of the crime."
Flacco returned to the crime scene for the 2013 season opener, and there were no miracles for him that night. Instead, it was future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning committing crimes.
He tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes. Terrell Suggs has "tons of memories" from that game, perhaps seven of them being those touchdowns. "We remember it," he said. "We definitely watched a lot of tape of that."
But just like the Ravens have moved on from the miracle play because they know it does them no good this week, Manning is doing his part from moving on from his record day. He was asked about it on a conference call with Baltimore media and he gave this golden quote:
"Two years ago?' he asked. "I don't know if that's still legal to even answer a question on that. It's kind of past the statute of limitations."
For fans and media, it's hard to move on from either game. And in Denver, even an NFL record and blowout win wasn't enough to erase the pain that Flacco inflicted.
"The win didn't take away the sting of that demoralizing playoff loss. Nothing will," wrote Klis.
Flacco admitted to Denver media Wednesday that the touchdown pass play will forever rank as one of his top career highlights. And because of it, he likes playing in Denver. "I definitely like coming there," he said.
And so he'll head to the Rockies to kick off the Ravens' 20th season. It will be third time in just 32 months that the two teams will butt heads, all of which coming in Denver.
"Haven't the Broncos had enough of this guy? Once was enough," Klis concluded.
Should Ravens Regret Cutting Jacoby Jones?
Nope, says ESPN's Jamison Hensley.
Are you sure, Jamison? The Ravens only reportedly saved $750,000 in cap space and they don't yet have a proven replacement. They initially cut all five players that returned a kick in the preseason (they later re-signed Terrence Magee).
Hensley says the trick here is to separate your mind from your heart.
Yes, Jones was a Super Bowl hero, but his body of work last season justified the Ravens cutting him this offseason, says Hensley.
"Let's not forget the times he mishandled punts last season and made everyone cringe by running back kickoffs that he should have downed deep in the end zone," he wrote. "Jones' decision-making was so bad that coaches were asked about the possibility of benching Jones on multiple occasions. The Ravens could use the Jones from 2012 and 2013, not the Jones from 2014."
Jones could very well have a resurgent year with the San Diego Chargers. He did so with the Ravens after the Houston Texans released him. He'll have a chance to hurt his former team when the Chargers face the Ravens on Nov. 1.
"But, based on his body of work last season, the Ravens had every reason to move on at returner," Hensley wrote. "It was a tough decision because of a championship past, but it was the right one for the Ravens in 2015."
Forget Week 1, Perriman In Danger Of Missing Week 2
Don't hold your breath for first-round wide receiver Breshad Perriman playing in the season opener Sunday.
And you might not want to get your hopes up for the Week 2 matchup against the Oakland Raiders, says The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec.
Head Coach John Harbaugh has said multiple times that he is no longer in the prediction business, but told media this week how they can make their own predictions.
"When he comes back to practice, that'll probably be a pretty good indicator that he's going to be in the lineup pretty soon," Harbaugh said.
So based on the fact that Perriman missed Wednesday's practice, Zrebiec thinks his status for Oakland is already in jeopardy.
"If he doesn't practice at all this week, fair to wonder if he misses WK 2 as well," Zrebiec tweeted. "Perriman hasn't been on the field since July 30. He's going to need practice time before he's game ready. Not sure 2 or 3 practices does it."
Biggest Challenge In Facing Kubiak
Harbaugh was asked Tuesday whether he picked Gary Kubiak's brain enough to gain an edge when he faces off against his former offensive coordinator and new head coach of the Broncos.
"I'm trying to check and see if he picked my brain too much," Harbaugh joked as he patted his head to make sure everything was still there. "Let's see if everything is intact here. You never know."
Harbaugh knows Kubiak pretty well after implementing his style of the West Coast offense in Baltimore. But Harbaugh told Denver media yesterday that there is still a big obstacle in his way that he never learned while Kubiak was in Baltimore.
One of the biggest challenges is figuring out how Kubiak will adapt the scheme to Peyton Manning, who is a different player from Flacco.
"The teams that play him weeks 4, 5 and 6 and down the road will have a better feel for that than we will," said Harbaugh, per ESPN's Jeff Legwold.
Jackson Waived Two Days After Giants Acquired Him
(This is a little older news, but I didn't get to it before so move on to quick hits if you already know.)
Two days after the New York Giants claimed former Ravens return man Asa Jackson off waivers, the team released him. They did the same thing with defensive tackle Louis Nix.
The reasoning isn't exactly clear why they already moved on from Jackson.
"Both players did not participate in practice on Monday, and the team was off on Tuesday, so neither Jackson or Nix ever put on even a Giants practice jersey in all likelihood," wrote James Kracth of NJ.com. "Nix failed his physical - he has a history of knee injuries - but with Jackson, the Giants just decided to move on."
UPDATE: The Ravens brought Jackson back. They signed him to the practice squad, and cut wide receiver Daniel Brown to make room.