The Lamar Jackson/Joe Flacco debate has broken Ravens Flock

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 06: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after getting tackled against the Los Angeles Chargers during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 06: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after getting tackled against the Los Angeles Chargers during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JANUARY 06: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after a play against the Los Angeles Chargers during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JANUARY 06: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after a play against the Los Angeles Chargers during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

The downfall of us all:

Unfortunately, one very bad playoff game ended the good times in Charm City. How quickly fans went from unity to discord with each other. It went far beyond debating sides, as fans began to lash-out at one-another. Names were exchanged, and in some cases physical violence was displayed. Things quickly got out-of-hand and the Baltimore Ravens fan-base quickly disgraced itself and became a laughing stock for the rest of the world.

When things get rough, we must stick by one-another and lift ourselves up through hard times. On Sunday January 6th, 2018 however, Ravens Flock dissipated and tensions flared into ugliness too fast. There is an incredible amount of uncomfortableness among us all, and we must quickly let go of our disagreements and move forward.

Let’s look at the facts for a second: Joe Flacco will more than likely not be with the Baltimore Ravens in 2019, as the team made it clear when they drafted Lamar Jackson that he was the team’s future. It became more obvious when the team opted to stick with the rookie despite falling behind in the game Sunday that they believed in him moving forward. This all came despite the fan’s outcry for Flacco to replace Jackson and finish the game. Clearly, the Baltimore Ravens organization has moved on.

We can be mad and pissed off all we want, but the fact remains that Jackson is the future. There are no guarantees that had Flacco stepped in on Sunday that Baltimore would’ve emerged victorious. The truth of the matter is that that offensive line wasn’t stopping a nose-bleed and the offensive play-calling was horrendous. Yes, Joe Flacco has a high pedigree of success in the post-season, but the last time we saw Flacco in action was the beginning of November and he hasn’t made a playoff start since the 2014 season. As much as we want to believe that Flacco would’ve won the game, it was far from a certainty.

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But now, we have to move forward. The game, and the 2018 season, has ended for Baltimore. There is no use holding on to “What ifs” right now, instead we must mend broken relationships with each other and begin a healing process as we move towards the 2019 season. 2018 ended in the worst way possible, but we cannot let it define who Ravens Flock is, and always will be. We must reunite together and move forward. Win, lose, or tie, I’m a Baltimore Ravens ’til I die!