The Lamar Jackson/Joe Flacco debate has broken Ravens Flock
The raging debate among Ravens Flock between Lamar Jackson and Joe Flacco hit an all-time low on Sunday when we saw the fan base shatter in dispute.
Losing brings out the worst in us all, but things hit the fan during the Baltimore Ravens Wildcard loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The defense battled on and the Ravens did keep the game surprisingly close, but a loss at the end of the day still hurts. Perhaps nothing was hurt worse than the feelings and opinions that were bashed and crucified by one another in Ravens Flock over the team’s quarterback situation.
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From the moment that the Ravens organization opted to select Lamar Jackson with the 32nd overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, fans knew what was to come. The whole off-season became an elongated quarterback debate between the 21-year old rookie quarterback and the former Super Bowl XLVII Champion and MVP Joe Flacco. It was never pretty, but there was at least a little bit of subtlety between fans.
As the season progressed, the argument cooled a bit. Flacco had been playing solid football and Baltimore was on cruise-control for another above .500 season. Once the team began to struggle, things got back to normal and we were quick to jump on sides for and against Flacco. The bye week came and went, and Jackson became the starting quarterback because of a lingering hip injury to Flacco.
From there, Jackson went on a 6-1 run and won Baltimore the AFC North title for the first time since 2012. The Ravens were playoff bound and the world seemed to be ours for the taking. Regardless of his struggles as a passer, Jackson was winning football games. It was a complete team effort, as the defense was balling and the run-game was electric, but Baltimore’s new quarterback was winning games by himself at times.