If you’ve been paying even the slightest of attention to what’s been going on with Lamar Jackson this offseason, you’ll know just how excited Ravens fans are to see him in the purple and black. Heck, can you blame them? However, after numerous months of hearing about how hard it will be for Jackson to adjust to the NFL game, I’m seeing so many people, fans and media members alike, predicting him to start over Joe Flacco in Week One.
As much as I love Lamar Jackson, and as much as I want to see him succeed, I don’t foresee Baltimore throwing him into the fire in early-September. It’s not what’s best for the Ravens, it’s not what’s best for Jackson, and it’s just not realistic.
I fear that far too many people are forgetting what Joe Flacco has accomplished in his, soon-to-be, eleven-year NFL career. No, he’s not putting up insane passing numbers year-in and year-out like Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees, but he does own a 92-62 regular season record. Not to mention, Flacco also has gone 10-5 in the NFL Playoffs, while bringing home one Lombardi Trophy.
You can argue Flacco road on the coattails of a great defense that championship-winning season, but he did throw for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns in Super Bowl XLVII against the 49ers. Just sayin’.
That said, it’s going to take some major movement on the field for John Harbaugh, who has been with Flacco since day-one of his NFL career, to pull his starting quarterback for Lamar Jackson. Again, as much as I love LJ8, it’s not as simple and dry-cut as everyone is declaring the situation to be.
This doesn’t mean Baltimore doesn’t have certain packages and plays in place for Jackson already, it just means you shouldn’t plan on seeing him start in September, much less in Week One.
Jackson’s time is coming Cardinals fans. We, just like Lamar, have to be patient and willing to wait for that day. It’ll be better for the Ravens, and more importantly, it’ll be better for him. At the end of the day, that’s what matters the most, right?<