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Ravens Quarterbacks – Top 3 in Ravens History

Ravens Quarterbacks – Top 3 in Ravens History

Ravens Quarterbacks

The Baltimore Ravens have only been in existence since 1996, but they have already won two Super Bowls. Despite the team’s reputation for a strong defense, a competent quarterback is still essential to winning the championship. Take a look at the Top 3 Ravens quarterbacks below.

Here are the top three quarterbacks in Ravens history.

  1. Trent Dilfer (2000)

Dilfer, who was originally selected sixth overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1994, played six seasons in Florida, making one Pro Bowl, but never living up to his initial position.

In the offseason of 2000, the Ravens signed him to a one-year contract with the expectation that he would serve as the backup to Tony Banks, who had gone 6-4 as a starter the previous season. Banks started the first eight games of the season, winning five of them.

However, he went four consecutive weeks without scoring a touchdown, and after throwing three interceptions in a loss to the Tennessee Titans, head coach Brian Billick decided to switch quarterbacks and insert Trent Dilfer, who lost his first start against the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

That would be the final loss of the season for Baltimore. Dilfer’s regular-season passing statistics were unimpressive: 1,502 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. However, he was the epitome of a game manager, and the outcomes are difficult to dispute.

The Ravens ended with a record of 12-4 and qualified for the playoffs as a wild card. The Ravens breezed through the playoffs and defeated the New York Giants 34-7 in the Super Bowl thanks to their famed defense.

Dilfer was not spectacular, but he was talented enough to get a championship ring, which is all that matters.

2. Joe Flacco (2008-2018)

In 2008, Flacco was chosen 18th overall out of Delaware and started all 16 games as a rookie. The Ravens finished with a record of 11-5 and advanced to the AFC Championship game, where they were defeated by the Steelers.

In his ten years as a full-time starter, Flacco missed only six games and led his club to six postseason appearances. He also holds the team throwing records with 38,245 yards and 212 touchdowns.

Except for his spectacular postseason run in 2012, he never made the Pro Bowl and was probably never an “elite” quarterback. Flacco completed 73 of 126 pass attempts for 1,140 yards, 11 touchdowns, and zero interceptions during the Ravens’ 34-31 Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

His accomplishment won him a $120 million, six-year contract, but he was never able to duplicate that strong spell.

Midway through the 2018 season, Flacco suffered an injury and was replaced by rookie Lamar Jackson. Following the season, Flacco was traded to the Denver Broncos for a fourth-round choice.

  1. Lamar Jackson (2018–present)

In his final round, outgoing general manager Ozzie Newsome took a chance on Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. After selecting tight end Hayden Hurst in the first round, the Ravens moved up with the Philadelphia Eagles to select Jackson with the final selection of Day 1.

This action appears to be one of the best choices Newsome has ever made.

Jackson was an electrifying runner and had a good arm in college, but he had numerous passing troubles. Inadequate pocket presence and sloppy precision were two of the most critical issues. In the remaining seven games of his rookie season, he threw six touchdown passes and three interceptions. Jackson’s performance in his sophomore season was unanticipated because he had a terrible playoff performance as Baltimore was blown away by the Los Angeles Chargers.

13 victories in 15 starts (he sat out Week 17 since the Ravens had already secured home-field advantage) with 3,127 passing yards, 36 touchdowns, and only six interceptions. He totaled 1,206 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

The Ravens once again failed to show up in the playoffs, losing 28-12 to the Titans, but Jackson made tremendous strides in his game. He was accurate and composed from the pocket, and his lethal running ability complemented, rather than overshadowed, his passing. Jackson made his first Pro Bowl, received All-Pro honors, and was awarded MVP.

Jackson also paid the Titans back the following year in the playoffs. Injuries stopped them this most recent year though, but the next year is looking great for the team.

Even though he hasn’t won a Super Bowl (yet), Lamar Jackson is easily at the top of the list of Ravens quarterbacks.

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