When Lamar Jackson was taken No. 32 overall in the draft this year, Ozzie Newsome acknowledged they were “building for the future” with the Heisman Trophy winner. But, he added, “In order for us to win this year, we need Joe Flacco.”
Ten years after they made two trades within the first round before selecting quarterback Joe Flacco 18th overall in 2008, the Ravens reached a deal with the Buffalo Bills to move back in the first round.
Coming off a 9-7 season and missing the playoffs for the third straight year, the Ravens found out how tough their road back to the playoffs will be when the 2018 NFL schedule was released Thursday night. The Baltimore Sun staff weighs in on the schedule's difficulty.
The Ravens open at home against the Buffalo Bills, will be done with AFC North road games after Oct. 7, have a three-game road trip, have a three-game homestand, face four straight 2017 playoff teams in the midseason, and have back-to-back road games against the Falcons and Chiefs in December.
Despite being located near one of the meccas of the sport, close to Baltimore, the professional game hasn’t caught on strongly even though the Chesapeake Bayhawks are one of the league’s flagship franchises having won an unprecedented five championships. But Kelly said he has seen a turning point.
Five years ago, the Ravens completed a remarkable playoff run that capped the careers of some of the franchise’s greatest stars and seemed to seal the legacies of coach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco. But their attempts to reload for another run have not gone as planned.