5 Ravens offseason decisions in 2023 that already look genius

Outside of finally agreeing to terms with their franchise quarterback, which other decisions have already proved to be genius moves made by the Ravens throughout the spring and the summer? Here are some of them.

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1. Bringing Todd Monken as the new Offensive Coordinator

Under offensive coordinator Todd Monken, the Ravens' rushing offense stands fourth in the league, maintaining a robust 4.4 yards per carry. That is, mind you, without Dobbins available and with Edwards and Hill still a little bit banged up following different injuries suffered earlier this season.

Of course, Monken was brought in replacement of Greg Roman this offseason to boost Lamar's and the Ravens passing game, but that was a little bit overblown and the combination of a more spread offense with the rushing foundation already in place from years past has worked wonders.

The most significant transformation under Monken has surely been in the team's red zone efficiency in contrast to the past three seasons. In 2023, through Week 4, the Ravens have been in the red zone 15 times and they have turned 12 of those trips into touchdowns. In fact, only once have they lost possession of the ball in it or failed to score.

Once Lamar Jackson fixes his problems with fumbles and gets more accustomed to Monken's system and ideas, the sky will be the limit. Just for context, Jackson is coming off putting together the first game in his career with two touchdowns passing and two touchdowns rushing scored.

The Ravens have also played different games without their best pass catcher (Mark Andrews) and other very powerful offensive players such as Dobbins, Odell Beckham Jr., and Rashod Bateman. All of those players returning and playing together can only improve the unit.

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As the Ravens navigate the early stages of the Monken era, the potential for even more developments should have everybody hyperexcited about what's next, making this hiring an absolute season-and-franchise-altering move by Baltimore.

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