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Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey Call Out Ravens Fans Over Boos in Sunday’s Wild Card Loss

January 06, 2019 - 10:09 pm

By Joe Schiller

For the better part of three quarters, the Baltimore Ravens struggled to find any consistency on the offensive side of the ball.

Despite blocking a field goal, punt and forcing a fumble, Lamar Jackson and the offense accounted for just three points following pivotal chances. The Los Angeles Chargers completely slowed down an offense that took the NFL by a storm the final half of the regular season.

As M&T Bank Stadium grew uneasy throughout the game, fans rang out boos and chanted for John Harbaugh to put Joe Flacco in the game. The 11-year veteran and Super Bowl MVP watched on the sidelines.

In the end, Harbaugh decided to stick with his rookie quarterback, but Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith took exception to the fans' reactions.

"For fact that you’re a fair-weather fan that quickly, when things go rough, you turned your back on him. That just got under my skin a little bit. I went to them and told them, ‘Yo, you either ride or die or you get the hell out of here,” Smith said following the loss via Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic.

Second-year corner Marlon Humphrey took to Twitter to voice similar displeasures.

Whether it was Jackson or Flacco, no quarterback would have excelled in the pocket with the way the Ravens offensive line played.

The Chargers continually collapsed the pocket and preyed on an inferior opponent in the trenches. If Jackson, a mobile quarterback, couldn’t escape, I’m not sure Flacco would have had any success.

But the debate between the two quarterbacks, which has ensued over the past eight games, is seemingly over. Jackson is the quarterback of the future and Flacco’s time in Baltimore is done.

Come the start of the 2019 season, he’ll be sporting a different uniform.