Now they'll just walk differently, with a quieter guy leading them, but a guy capable of winning the same way that the old, loud guy did.
"What I like about Joe," his dad said in the wee hours after the game, "is he's not afraid to take chances. Never has been. You gotta play to win."
Joe Flacco has a pretty good record of that. As he posed for a group photo with his state trooper friends early Monday morning, one of them said, "I have a feeling we'll be here again."
In Flacco they trust. After this postseason, they've got a lot of company.