Last year, the Baltimore Ravens were one of the most injury-plagued teams in football, losing – among others – Terrell Suggs, Matt Elam, Dennis Pitta, Breshad Perriman and, yes, Joe Flacco, who tore his ACL and MCL last November.
Flacco was limited to just 10 games last season, this after playing a full 16-game slate for the first seven years of his career. The 31-year-old is eager to lead the Ravens this season.
“He’s looking great,” Baltimore running back Justin Forsett said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “He’s looking normal. He’s out there making great passes. He’s able to scramble around a little bit too, so I’m excited to get rolling with him this season.”
Forsett, of course, broke his arm last November. He had 794 total yards and two touchdowns in 10 games last year, as Baltimore went 5-11 to finish with a losing record for the first time since 2007.
The Ravens, however, are looking forward, not backward.
“I think we’re excited about this season,” Forsett said. “We’ll have everybody healthy. We do have a young team, but we have some great veteran leaders. Steve Smith is one of them. T-Sizzle (Terrell Suggs) is one of them, Joe Flacco – we got leaders. Eric Weddle, a new addition with him in the secondary – we got leaders everywhere to guide the young guys. I’m expecting a big year from us.”
Forsett, 30, thought John Harbaugh did an excellent coaching job last season. The Ravens lost 11 games, yes, but seven of those losses were by six points or fewer. Nine were by eight points or fewer.
“It was very impressive,” Forsett said. “He didn’t flinch at all. He coached us hard all the way through. We had a lot of injuries, a lot of adversity we faced, and he was consistent the whole time. We never wavered. He believed in us, and he was fighting for us every step of the way.”
The Ravens open the season against Buffalo, at Cleveland, at Jacksonville and against Oakland.
“Our job is to focus on what we can control and being true to ourselves,” Forsett said. “If we do that, then we’ll be successful. We’re not going to get distracted about outside pressure or teams we have to face. We got to go and do our job. That’s what we’re preparing for right now. I think we have a great team and great leaders. We’ll be ready for the challenge.”