When the Baltimore Ravens brought in former Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken to take over the same role, they envisioned a big change ahead.
That's one of the reasons why it was imperative for the team to go out and build up their weaponry around Lamar Jackson. Adding playmakers like Odell Beckham Jr. and Zay Flowers were the moves to put this offense over the top, in addition to Monken's new offense which would feature more of Lamar Jackson's arm.
Monken came from one of the most prolific programs in college football, both offensively and defensively. So, he wasn't about to settle for more of the same, inconsistent run-heavy offense the Ravens have run in recent years. No, he's had his mind set out to prove that Jackson can, indeed, be an elite passer.
Just a couple of days ago, Monken noted that he believes Jackson has an elite skillset, but that he's also been highly underrated as a passer throughout his career.
Lamar Jackson has had a few monstrous games which prove Monken's comments correct
Back on October 11, 2021 the Ravens hosted the Indianapolis Colts and allowed Jackson to throw it a total of 43 times. He completed an incredible 37 of those passes for a career-high 442 yards and four passing touchdowns.
Two years prior in a game versus the Miami Dolphins, Jackson completed 17-of-20 passes for 324 yards (a ridiculous 16.2 yards per attempt) and five touchdowns. For those counting at home, Jackson essentially threw a touchdown every four pass attempts that game.
In total, Jackson has had four career games with over 300 yards passing, including the one over 400. It's not like he hasn't done it before, and those games featured Jackson passing to a far less-talented receiving core than he has now.
If the Ravens can be and stay mostly healthy leading up to Week 1 and throughout the season, they have the makings of a top-five offense in this league, with Jackson being more than capable of finishing as a top-10 passer.
He's done it before, but now he has the offensive mind and arsenal around him to do it consistently.