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Lamar Jackson's Debut Fends off Talk About QB Controversy

August 03, 2018 - 4:32 pm

By Joe Schiller

We live in a world of hot takes, especially when it comes to sports. They came firing on April 26, 2018, when the Baltimore Ravens made the surprise move to trade back into the first round of the NFL Draft and select quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Who’s to blame pundits at the time? After signing a six-year contract extension in 2013 following the team’s Super Bowl win, Joe Flacco has been mediocre at best. He’s led the Ravens to a 29-29 record and they’ve missed the playoffs four of the last five years.

The narrative quickly became oversaturated throughout the offseason to the point where some felt Jackson should start Week 1 under center against the Buffalo Bills. But those who’ve kept close tabs in Baltimore this offseason knew this was Flacco’s team. Finally healthy, the Ravens surrounded him with a plethora of new offensive weapons.

Jackson made his long-awaited debut in the second half of Thursday’s Hall of Fame Game against the Chicago Bears. He finished the night 4-of-10 with 33 passing yards, 25 rushing yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Jackson looked like you’d a expect a rookie quarterback to in their first NFL game.

And that’s OK.

With four more preseason games, Jackson will continue to develop more consistency with his game. There’s no pressure for him to start right away, despite what national media might try to hint at. That’s why Baltimore was seen as one of the ideal situations – a place where he won't be thrown right into the fire. 

The Ravens have made every indication they can compete for a playoff spot and ultimately a Super Bowl title. That’s going to happen with No. 5 under center this season.

Sorry, but there’s no quarterback controversy. This is still Joe Flacco’s team.