Joe Flacco: 'It's a new year, a new beginning and a chance to do new things'

Joe Flacco is ready to get to work with the new weapons on offense. - Harry How

Flacco's looking forward to his new weapons on offense.

One player to immediately benefit from the Ravens stockpiling offensive options is quarterback Joe Flacco, who endured his worst season as a professional in 2013.

Flacco failed to reach the 4,000-yard barrier for the sixth consecutive season and threw 19 touchdowns to 22 interceptions in 16 games. He didn't have any help on the offensive line as he was sacked 48 times and the running game failed him, picking up just 1,328 rushing yards, a franchise low.

But the Ravens' front office has done its part this offseason by signing guys such as Steve Smith, Owen Daniels and Jeremy Zuttah to aid the offense. Baltimore also re-signed Dennis Pitta, Eugene Monroe and Jacoby Jones, ensuring some of the key components stayed put for the Super Bowl XLVII MVP.

Appearing at an autograph show in Chantilly, Va., Flacco spoke to The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson about the offseason moves and how they should help the Ravens this upcoming season.

"It's a new year, a new beginning and a chance to do new things," Flacco said. "I'm always excited. I think we've got a good team and an offense that can put up some numbers. So it's just on us to do it."

Flacco said he has a copy of the new Ravens playbook and is studying offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's offense.

"I like it so far," he said. "I'm just trying to grasp as much of it as I can before I get back and we really start going through it together. That's when I'll really start to understand it a little bit better. We're going to grow our relationship in the meeting rooms as we get this offense where we want it. Right now, we're just early on, and I've heard nothing but good things. I had a really good conversation with Gary, and I'm really excited about it."





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