The Baltimore Ravens Have an Interesting Offseason Coming

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The Baltimore Ravens won the AFC North with a 10-6 record during the regular season. They hosted the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC Wild Card Game and lost 23-17. At one point, Baltimore trailed by 20 points and the home crowd even booed. A lot of people thought Joe Flacco was going to come in the game and he never did.

They rode with Lamar Jackson the entire and he almost completed the epic comeback. Speaking of Jackson, he will probably be the staring quarterback for this team next year and beyond. Lamar Jackson was a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

He wasn't the starting quarterback to start the 2018 season. Joe Flacco was the starter and the Ravens went 4-5 with him as the starter. A Flacco injury allowed Lamar Jackson to become the starter after the bye week and Baltimore went 6-1 with him as the starter to close out the regular season.

He has a lot of work to do in the offseason. Jackson needs to work on protecting the football and he needs to work on his pocket passing. Lamar Jackson is a very fast runner and he uses it to his advantage.

Joe Flacco will either be released or traded to another team before the start of next season. He is 33 years old and is still under contract for the next couple of seasons.

The Baltimore Ravens could also use another offensive lineman. It wouldn't hurt to draft a wide receiver in the later rounds because their wide receivers aren't young.

On the defensive side of the ball, they should consider drafting an outside linebacker or a safety. Terrell Suggs is 36 years old and he is a free agent. Suggs has no intentions to retire.

General Manager Ozzie Newsome will retire after being in the Ravens front office since 1996. Eric DeCosta will take over the general manager role. DeCosta will have eight selections in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Head Coach John Harbaugh is expected to be back next season. This will be one of the most interesting offseasons in the history of the franchise. They could get back to the playoffs next season, but Baltimore needs Lamar Jackson to take a big jump from year one to year two. If the Ravens don't get that, they could be on the outside looking in.