The Baltimore Ravens were mostly hyped throughout last summer because of the transactions the franchise completed in order to bolster their offense.
After entering a weeks-long fight with quarterback Lamar Jackson, Baltimore, and their franchise player agreed to the then-richest contract in the history of the NFL.
The Ravens also signed veteran wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., fellow vet Nelson Agholor, former Super Bowl champion running back Melvin Gordon, and on top of everything drafted a wide receiver with their first-round pick in Zay Flowers.
All of that, of course, was boosted by the transition from former Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman to the offensive savant known as Todd Monken, back-to-back college champ at Georgia in the same position.
And all of that for what? For nothing, as their defense is the unit keeping the Ravens' season alive and making them contenders. That's precisely what an anonymous NFL exec told football insider Mike Sando of The Athletic.
"The defense keeps them in it, but I don’t necessarily think this offensive change is going to make them any better when it counts. Lamar Jackson does not appear as dynamic as a runner, but in this offense, he does not need to be. He is regulated to pass from the pocket, but you are taking away the biggest weapon the offense had when you do that. Odell (Beckham) is not that guy anymore. Who are you truly afraid of on that offense? Nobody but Lamar, and if you are not using Lamar in a certain capacity, he becomes just like the rest of these quarterbacks around the league — hit or miss."- Anonymous NFL Exec
In a few words: NFL teams are simply not scared at all by these new Ravens and their "super" offense.
According to the executive, the offensive changes in Baltimore "don't necessarily make the Ravens any better," to his eyes, and definitely not "when it counts."
The exec went on to say that Lamar Jackson "does not appear as dynamic as a runner," and by forcing him to pass more "you are taking away the biggest weapon the offense had."
Not happy enough with all of those comments, the exec added that Odell Beckham "is not that guy anymore," before questioning "Who are you truly afraid of on that offense?"
While the Ravens could easily be 6-0 on the season, they are only 4-2 and barely on top of the AFC North leading the division by a tiny half-a-game distance over Pittsburgh. Judging by the results, perhaps the execs are not entirely wrong in their assesments...