It was quite clear that the Ravens were quarterback Lamar Jackson’s team heading into Sunday’s Wild Card Round showdown with the Chargers, and what happened during the game showed that Joe Flacco is a lock to depart in the offseason.
The Ravens found themselves down 20-3 early in the fourth quarter, yet elected not to put Flacco in the game, even though he probably could’ve led the team on quicker scoring drives than Jackson did. And while Flacco was seen warming up at one point, he never entered the game, which was likely a decision made by the coaching staff, or maybe even ownership.
At this point, the team will look to trade Flacco in the offseason — as he has three years remaining on his contract — with the Dolphins, Jaguars and Redskins as potential suitors. Head coach John Harbaugh addressed the topic in speaking with reporters after Sunday’s game.
“Joe Flacco is going to do really well in this league,” Harbaugh said, via Kevin Patra of NFL.com. “Joe can still play. I think we saw that the first half of the season. Joe’s going to have a market. A lot of teams are going to want Joe because they understand that and I’ll be in Joe’s corner wherever he’s at. He’s special. Joe Flacco is a great talent. He’s an even better person. He’s the best quarterback in the history of the Ravens no question. That’s not even just cause I’m biased; that’s just a fact. … He’s going to do just fine.”
Harbaugh also made it clear that Jackson is the Ravens’ QB going forward.
“Lamar is our quarterback moving forward, there’s no question about that,” he said.
Where will Flacco land in the spring? Time will tell.