Baltimore Ravens Demote Joe Flacco To Backup QB; Lamar Jackson Remains Starter

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BALTIMORE (105.7 The Fan) -- Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson has started for the Baltimore Ravens for the past month. But “officially” that was due to Joe Flacco nursing his hip injury.

On Wednesday, for the first time since Flacco has been listed as healthy, Jackson was named the starter. Jackson has gone 3-1 in his first four starts, including a down-to-the-wire defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs.

That means that Flacco has lost his starting job, without any excuses of an injury being the cause. Flacco has been the starter since being drafted by the Ravens in 2008.

After winning Super Bowl MVP in 2013, Flacco has come under a ton of scrutiny for his average play, especially after receiving a $40 million signing bonus.

The Ravens offense under Jackson clearly has limitations, but the run game has thrived. The Ravens now have a huge three-game stretch that will make or break their playoff hopes. If there are any speed bumps, they have a backup quarterback who has been there before. This is a huge plus, even with all of Flacco’s flaws.