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After losing to the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Divisional round, fans of the Ravens and media members have begun calling out the lack of passing success by the Baltimore Ravens, including former wide receiver Cheap Steve Smith Jersey On NFL GameDay, he didn’t mince words of his critique on offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s passing concepts being “elementary.”
“I speak from a wide receivers perspective. There are times when stories are coming out that some of the wide receivers can’t get separation. Well, when you’re running the type of route combination—very elementary school, very cracker jack-like, very easily to defend, you can’t necessarily put it all on the wide receivers. If you have, ‘You two go deep, you two go shallow and Lamar, throw to whoever’s open.” That’s just not the NFL. That’s not the complexity in the NFL and their passing is not very complex. I just believe Greg Roman’s a fantastic coordinator. However, that fantastic coordinator needs to start looking for a job somewhere else because I believe that his time has expired on this offense [in Baltimore]. If you want Cheap Lamar Jackson Jersey to continue to be a stellar quarterback, an MVP-type of quarterback, you need to implement a second notch or a third level of the passing game that makes it a little bit more complicated because it’s not very complicated. My 6-year-old who is asleep right now can probably run this offense as well.”
This might be the laziest narrative I’ve ever heard from Ravens fans – that Joe Flacco – good old January Joe, until Lamar Jackson proves otherwise, will always be the best Ravens quarterback because he won when it counted most, in the postseason.
There’s no denying that Flacco eventually became a clutch playoff performer. Criticized often for his lack of emotion, Joe’s calm demeanor worked to his advantage on the big stage. But it wasn’t always that way.
In Joe’s first 3 postseasons he was 98 of 184 (53.2%) for 849 yards, 4 TD’s and 7 INT’s which equates to a passer rating of 57.1. Joe rushed for 37 yards on 28 carries (1.3 YPC). After 3 postseasons Joe was 26 years old. Flacco was supported by a solid offensive line and his skill position players included: Cheap Willis McGahee Jersey, Cheap Ray Rice Jersey, Le’Ron McClain, Lorenzo Neal, Cheap Todd Heap Jersey, Cheap Derrick Mason Jersey, Cheap Mark Clayton Jersey, Cheap Anquan Boldin Jersey and other less-than-notables.
In Lamar’s first 3 postseasons he was 76 of 136 (55.9%) for 900 yards, 3 TD’s and 5 INT’s which equates to a passer rating of 68.3. Lamar rushed for 367 yards on 54 carries (6.8 YPC). After 3 postseasons Lamar is 24. Jackson is supported by an offensive line that is inferior to that which supported Joe and his skill position players have included: Cheap Alex Collins Jersey, Cheap Gus Edwards Jersey, Kenneth Dixon, Buck Allen, Cheap Mark Ingram Jersey, JK Dobbins, Cheap Willie Snead Jersey, John Brown, Michael Crabtree, Seth Roberts, Cheap Mark Andrews Jersey, Hayden Hurst, Cheap Marquise Brown Jersey, Cheap Miles Boykin Jersey and other less-than-notables.
Football has often been referred to as the ultimate team game. You win and lose as a team. Team, Team, Team are among the first words uttered by John Harbaugh when he was hired in 2008. Clearly the quarterback contributes greatly to the outcome of any NFL game, but win or lose, it’s not always all on the guy behind center.
The aforementioned Cheap Joe Flacco Jersey postseason stats aren’t those of a winning quarterback. Yet during those first 3 postseasons Joe’s team was (4-3). Despite better stats and far more production, Jackson is (1-3) during his first three trips to the playoff dance.
Lamar is young and there’s growth ahead and clearly he has to be a better passer. But to jump to conclusions and label Joe the better playoff quarterback after 3 postseason appearances equates to nothing more than revisionist history.
To those Ravens fans and even media members who fan the flames of this narrative, STOP.
The 2020 NFL season has been, well you know, unprecedented. Hopefully we heal as a country in all ways and that the 2021 season will return to normalcy, with fans filling the stands. But you do have to wonder how many fans will return. Will there be such pent up demand that The Bank is full to the brim or will the return to capacity crowds be a slow process?
Prior to the pandemic, things began to change. A significant demographic that contributed greatly to capacity crowds slowly began to realize that they didn’t need to go to every game; that staying home or watching from a local pub offers some economies and creature comforts that you don’t get from the stadium. Tickets became readily available and PSL values began to decay. Many fans chose not to renew their season tickets and they willingly surrendered seat licenses that were no longer in demand. And now the licenses reclaimed by the team are for sale. Perhaps even the Ravens recognize that the hottest ticket in town isn’t so scorching anymore.
This season forced fans to stay at home. Pubs installed social distancing procedures that made visits to local establishments either less appealing or, they weren’t options at all given the closures. Many bought new TV’s that offered more than they ever have before, for reasonable prices. Fans learned new ways to enjoy the games and maybe, they discovered that at-home viewing, while not a replacement for the in-stadium experience, offered many advantages and a new perspective.
The challenge for the Ravens and really the NFL as a whole, is to make that in-stadium experience so unique that fans feel compelled to go. This isn’t a new threat to capacity crowds, but it may very well be a bigger one thanks to the pandemic.
For years Steve Bisciotti would join us on the Ravens Rap in Ocean City, MD. Always candid, I once asked Steve, given the advancement in television at in at-home viewing, if he thought there might come a day when NFL stadiums would be smaller in order to create creature comforts and enhance a fan’s experience in ways that 70,000+ capacity stadiums could not. He chuckled and reminded me of the league’s popularity. I wonder what he’d say today?
Judging from the team’s current fire sale on PSL’s, I bet he would respond differently.
Smith Sr., as I mentioned, did not hold back.
These criticisms feel valid, especially after last night. It piles on when you take note of this team placing dead-last in passing for the 2020 regular season and 27th last season. There is talent in the wide receiver room but it’s become clear there’s a fault as to why they haven’t been successful pushing the ball downfield through the air.