The Baltimore Ravens kicked their preseason off on Saturday by beating the visiting Philadelphia Eagles 20-19 in what amounted to be their 24th consecutive victory in mid-summer matchups. Lamar Jackson didn't start but he was loud off the field.
Coach John Harbaugh threw veteran Josh Johnson into the fire to get things going and he delivered by completing a pass for a touchdown. His replacement, third-year quarterback Tyler Huntley, tossed the game-winning touchdown in the second half and looked lively out there before getting injured.
Jackson wasn't on the field but he attended the game and talked to the folks narrating the game, offering some insights and thoughts about the Ravens' new Offensive Coordinator Todd Monken.
“It’s great," Jackson said as quoted by Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. "I've been sending [Monken] plays of stuff I've been seeing, and he's been putting them in practice, and they’re working. It's like, I'm glad he's listening to me, man."
While Jackson has never played under a head coach not named John Harbaugh in the NFL, Monken is the third offensive coordinator that Jackson will have in six seasons as a pro.
Not that he's worried a tiny bit about it. In fact, he sounded very excited about the prospect of playing under the Harbaugh-Monken tandem.
"The meeting room... I wish you guys could see the meeting rooms," Jackson continued. "[Monken’s] full of expressing what he’s got going on in his mind. His mind is everywhere."
For Lamar, "It’s like, 'I love you as a coach right now.' You know, I’m grateful for him."
The Ravens decided to move on from OC Greg Roman this offseason after Baltimore's offense became a bit stale of late following Lamar's MVP season in 2019 and the subsquent failures at putting together deep postseason runs with Jackson still through his rookie deal.
Baltimore surely hopes that Monken can fix the woes of the Flock Attack starting in 2023 and help the team go past the first round of the playoffs ultimately reaching (and winning!) the Super Bowl under his tenure as the OC of the Ravens with Jackson as the no. 1 player and his extension on the actual field.