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Five Things We Learned from Losing the Ravens & # 39; 23-17 wild-card-rounds in the Los Angeles Chargers
Yes, the Ravens came down with Lamar Jackson, but coach John Harbaugh kept the big picture in mind by keeping him.
Jackson exceeded the most destructive game of his rookie season, without the Ravens trying to build an early momentum and fled for his life as the Chargers defender blocked the blockers before him.
This performance is the catnip for doubts that Jackson can do this as a long-term NFL quarterback. ] Calls for Joe Flacco to quit Jackson are mostly damaged Twitter, and fans at M & T Bank Stadium are booed whenever the rookie is jogged back into the field in the fourth quarter.
Family members like Jimmy Smith and Marlon Humphrey felt shouted at the fans. "I'm not surprised," Smith said then. "The more I pissed that we fought, this guy fought, [6-1
] as a starter, and when it gets a little rough at the end, people are exploding. Come on, why do you do that? both people who helped us get here. "
Harbaugh said he considered taking Jackson's hand in favor of Flacco. Finally, he said that everyone in the team sideline agreed that Jackson should stay in the game. This proved to be a good short-term call as Jackson used his improvisational skills to rally the Ravens for two late touchdowns. They had a ball that had the chance to win the game at the last minute.
More importantly, Harbaugh made the right call for the big picture of the franchise. It is clear for months now that Jackson will be quarterback of Ravens' forward and Flacco will start in another city.
The last thing Harbaugh needed was a full offseason of fans wondering why the new face of the Ravens was yanked from a playoff game.
Jackson has many shortcomings to work through, from his inconsistency with major collapse in his persistent troubles with snaps and handoffs. He argued three times and threw a block on the Chargers, and he always damned the disaster until he made the mistakes.
Harbaugh said that improved bleeding would be a major offseason project for the Ravens as they continue to design a special sin around Jackson's extraordinary talents. "That's the thing we should be good at," he said.
We all need to go back and remember that the flaws that we stand for Jackson are common to many – perhaps the most rookie quarterbacks. The less common is for a 21 year old to enter and win in favor of a veteran locker room when his team's playoff ambitions are hanging on balance. It is a worthy bet, though the trade is not always good.
"He is the future," said safety Eric Weddle. "He's like a bright kid, unbelievable energy and personality, he's so nice, he's working well, as he tells you guys, he's been devastated right now, and that's going to drive him off the offseason. 10 times better than this year. "
The defense of the Ravens will look different next time, but the tradition of excellence is alive and well. For all talk about Jackson, the Ravens made the playoffs because they have one of two or three best NFL defense, a unit that can be planned on the Pro Bowl quarterbacks, blankets of elite receivers or build walls against dynamic back-up, depending on the needs of a given week.
That defense played another outstanding game against Chargers, holding a rational all-around offense in 3.7 yards per play with only one higher than 20 yard. reaching 200 times over yards three times during this period. Two of those came against the Ravens.  Defender coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale and his players should be proud of what they have done after a run of time in which the Ravens are good but not well defensive. It said, the defense may go for more change than the offense between now and September.
The dean of the group, linebacker Terrell Suggs, is an independent agent. He wants to get back to the Ravens, but the team will be happy after Suggs made a 1½ sack in the last 10 games?
The wedding, performing defenses from the back end, said his 12th season could be final. He said that he could stay away without remorse if that was his passion.
Linebacker CJ Mosley, the head of the defense heart, is an independent agent and receives substantial money from a man after his fourth Pro Bowl for five years. Mosley played another powerful game against the Chargers, with 11 joint tackles, and the prophecy here was that the Ravens made a serious push to keep him. Martindale is campaigning for Mosley as the long-term pacesetter for defense.
Linebacker Za & # 39; returned from Darius Smith to the worst after flowering of the best general pass of the rusher team in 2018. The Ravens usually allow hunger free Merchants accept players , and Smith can receive a good deal from someone because he can threaten the quarterback from outside or inside.
Cornerback veterans Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr can also be cut for cost-saving reasons, though not always effective.
Even though the Ravens will lose most of the players, they will be harassing the defense again in 2019. As we saw against the Chargers, the third-year NFL linebacker Matthew Judon could be the most -disruptive defensive player in any field provided Sunday. Patrick Onwuasor continues the rejection of the odds as a vast safety-saving receiver that is open within the linebacker. Humphrey is a legitimate star in the work of the cornerback. Michael Pierce and Brandon Williams will remain a tough problem for any opponent who relies on tackles.
Ravens require youth reinforcements to safety and to the edge of their front seven, but they have lots to build on, especially if bold, Creative Martindale instead of being head coach on other place.
The offensive Ravens line got the wrong week for the season's most disappointing performance.  We were not talking about offensive team teams over the past week as they were distressed in their business, breaking teeth in an attack.
But the seven fronts of the Chargers ate their lunch, both inside and their Jackson's sides seven times and held back Back guard Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon in the combined 36 yards to 14 were carrying.
Left guard James Hurst, who did not seem to have the right right after returning from injury to midseason, had sacked two consecutive plays in the third quarter. He was bull-rushed to the first and left flat-footed by a spin move to the second. The Ravens replaced him with rookie Bradley Bozeman in the next series.
Honest deal Orlando Brown Jr., which became a bright spot after he got the starting job on Sunday 7, fought to hold the edge against the top-ending defensive rules, Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. Similarly, Brown experienced a disability, left by Ronnie Stanley. Ingram finished with seven tackles and two sacks and Bosa with a sack and two quarterback hits.
Harbaugh said that the Chargers did not take any more noticeably than two weeks earlier. "I just feel better about killing them," he said. "We did not execute our blocking as well as defending defense. That's why they deserve to win the game."
The Ravens will be in the 2019 season with Stanley and Brown – in the face, a good starting point. But they have to decide whether Bozeman is a long-term answer to either the guard or center, where Matt Skura is capable. Wait for them to see if the right guard Marshal Yanda, their best lineman in 2018, wants to return for a year. As we saw on Sunday, the offensive line remains a task that takes place.
The biggest negligence is the Chargers' superiority in special teams.
The Ravens had a clear advantage that came from, as it were in special teams, where they ranked the sixth in Football Outsiders' DVOA analytic vs. 25th for Chargers.
Instead, the game became a nightmare for the coordinating group Jerry Rosburg. Desmond King returned 33 yards to set up a field goal in the first quarter, then returned the opening kickoff of the second half to 72 yards (assisted by a missed tackle from Tyus Bowser, who had a dislike -defend day) to set up another. Meanwhile, the Ravens have an average of 17.7 yrs. The ds of six kickoff returns with Ty Montgomery subbing for the common starter Chris Moore, and they did not return a punt.
Justin Tucker, generally better in his work than any other person in the world, has missed the 50-yard field- a goal attempt that the Ravens could have earned in six points in the third quarter. Charge kicker Michael Badgley answered five workers, including one from 53 yards.
The Ravens blocked a field-goal try and point in the second half as they fought, so it was not the performance of their special team to be a total write-off. But Rosburg teaches us to rely.
Beyond instant field events, this is a day to say goodbye to a team season.
Harbaugh is usually exposed to discussing the future of Flacco after the game. "Joe can still play, I think we saw that in the first game of the season," he said. There's a market Many teams want Joe, because they understand that I'm in Joe's corner, wherever he is, unless we play with him. "
For his part, Flacco said" it's really not up to me "where he will be performing next time. But he is undoubtedly expected to be an NFL starter again, and there is no opportunity to happen in Baltimore .  So the collaboration of Flacco-Harbaugh, which has been referred to the franchise for 11 years, is no longer.
If not happy for Flacco to end his Baltimore run as Jackson's backup, not it's also fun to watch an arrogant athlete sidelined by events largely beyond his control.No, Flacco has never been a quarterback that can bypass the roster and offensive coach around him. the player is reaching that level.But he is hard as hell, thrown as a good ball that you will ever see and played the best stretch of his car era when Ravens need him to deliver a Super Bowl victory. For 11 years, he remained eligible for his franchise position.
The fans spoke for him to replace Jackson on Sunday, but Flacco refused to play in their rookie dissatisfaction. "Hey, just tell everyone to shut up," he admonished his successor. He went out to reporters to praise Jackson's firmness.
The Ravens could not have asked for more than Flacco over the past eight months, as he watched the team's draft and increased his replacement. The fans should and remember the No. 5 warmly.
Like other institutions that are decimated, there is no way to summarize the general overseer of Ozzie Newsome in the franchise in some paragraphs. He is the rock in which the self-image of the Ravens, an educator for every football player in the organization, and the architect of the 11 playoff teams. He releases Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis on the road and Jackson on the road. He is a beacon for African-American executives and for good athletes who are looking to succeed in a second career.
We will have plenty of time to discuss Eric DeCosta, the Newsome successor raised on his right hand. But look at this brief moment.
Newsome will run from his due diligence on how he was treated by an NFL linebackers as a Hall of Fame tight end. But will never be the more important figure in the second season of professional football in Baltimore.