Joe Friday — A quarterback’s blog

September 05, 2008 |

This is the first installment of “Joe Friday”, a personal blog from Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco that will appear at every Friday morning.

This has been a great week for me as we get ready to host the Bengals in the season opener on Sunday in Baltimore. My parents are coming down from New Jersey and my girlfriend, Dana, will be in attendance as well.  It’s a little extra special that my first pro game is at home, but right now I’m just focusing on getting ready for Sunday.  I feel like I have a good grasp of the playbook and the system we’re using, but I know the game is going to be tough and Cincinnati will come to town ready to play.  Our guys are excited for Sunday, there’s no doubt about that.

I did my best to get all of the little things out of the way early in the week.  I handled my ticket requests and got my parents, family and friends all sorted out for Sunday. I’m just focusing on the game and what I have to do.  I know it’s the season opener, but I’m just approaching it like I have a job to do and that’s run the offense and help us win a game.  Every game is important.
Tonight, I took 10 of the offensive lineman out to dinner at Ruth’s Chris.  These are the guys who are going to be protecting me on Sunday, so I want to make sure they’re happy with me!  We had a great meal (I had a filet) and I’m sure the folks at Ruth’s Chris are happy.  We probably paid the light bill for September and October tonight but it was the right thing to do and we had a great time together. Who’s buying next month?
I do want to add that I wish Kyle Boller all the best with his shoulder injury.  Kyle was great to me from the first day I arrived in Baltimore and it’s really disappointing to see him go out before the season even starts.  All the quarterbacks in camp were helpful to one another and the two new guys, Casey Bramlet and Todd Bouman, have both stepped right in and tried to make a contribution.  Our coaching staff expects us all to be successful, which is a really good environment to play in.
I hope you all enjoy Sunday’s game.  I’ll check in with Drew next Tuesday morning at 8:30 during his show and we’ll talk about the Bengals game and what lies ahead.