Todd Monken banned Lamar Jackson's method and it's already working

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens Training Camp
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens Training Camp / Scott Taetsch/GettyImages

If there is something brewing in Baltimore these days, the first indications point toward a success when it comes to positive predictions and expections ahead of the Ravens 2023 football season.

The Ravens brought a new Offensive Coordinator to the franchise this offseason in back-to-back college champion Todd Monken from Georgia.

Baltimore, of course, paired Monken with a freshly-inked quarterback in Lamar Jackson, who had already won the 2019 MVP trophy and is entering next season as one of the highest-paid players in the league.

As ridiculous as it sounds, perhaps the biggest change Monken has brought to the attack of the Ravens that is already paying off through the early days of training camp, as pointed out by Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, is removing the wristband from Jackson's arm.

Speaking about that, Jackson said on Wednesday that Monken wants to "call it and haul it," adding that "that’s what it’s been so far.”

Monken took the mics on Friday, following Day 3 of training camp at Owings Mills, and he made clear that he thinks Jackson's removal of the wristband from his arm is "the best way for him to prepare for the regular season."

The new Ravens OC believes that "one of the most important things is your ability to communicate the calls," and he thinks that "the best way for that to happen is to not start with wristbands."

As the veteran offensive coach understands the game, "Wristbands are easy — you just read it. Hard is learning the offense, being able to process and make the calls."

"I’m a firm believer that if you want your quarterback to play his best, you’ve got to empower him," Monken added. So far, so good for the OC and the face of the Ravens franchise in Lamar Jackson, who has started the pre-season part of the schedule at training camp practices with the pedal to the metal.

The offense clearly beat the defense on Wednesday, things reverted on Thursday, and there was some balance on Friday on Day 3 of the training camp. Today, with the practices scheduled to take place inside the M&T Bank Stadium, Jackson and Monken will try to get the better of the defense for the first time in a few days.

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