By Seth Tow
Former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick believes Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is deftly handling the presence of first-round quarterback Lamar Jackson ahead of the 2018 NFL season.
said July 20 he wasn't concerned
about growing annoyed with questions about Jackson "because I think we're going to win, and then we're not going to hear about it." Billick said that's the right approach to take.
"He has said, 'Look, there's nothing I can say. We're going to out and play well, and we're going to be good, or we're not," Billick said on
Glenn Clark Radio
Aug. 1. "And if we're not, then what will happen will happen. If we are, then things take care of themselves.' And that's just the right attitude to have."
Entering his 11th season, Flacco is the most accomplished passer in Ravens history. He has completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 35,780 yards with 200 touchdowns and 130 interceptions during his career. He has an 84.1 career passer rating.
However, Jackson's running prowess could spark the Ravens' offense in ways Flacco can't. But Billick noted Jackson getting snaps could have an adverse effect on Flacco's mentality.
"I asked [Hall of Fame quarterback] Kurt Warner at practice the other day, 'How do you feel about the fact that, in critical situations, you're going to be pulled off the field?' No quarterback worth his salt is going to want that or feel good about that," Billick said.
Jackson was drafted No. 32 overall after the Ravens traded back into the first round. A three-year starter at Louisville, Jackson won the Heisman Trophy in 2016 when he threw for 3,543 yards, 30 touchdowns and just nine interceptions and rushed for 1,571 yards and 21 touchdowns. He's Louisville's career and single-season leader in rushing yards, and he holds the program record for career rushing touchdowns.
Billick said Jackson will carry the Ravens in preseason and can be useful for the team in the regular season.
"The Ravens are going to go 5-0 in the preseason, in no small part because Lamar Jackson's going to go off that way," Billick said, adding that using Jackson in certain packages "will have its purpose. Really, I don't know that that's going to help him in his growth, necessarily."
Billick also discussed the Ravens' upcoming decision regarding linebacker C.J. Mosley. Mosley is in the final year of his rookie contract and will be a free agent next year. He is a three-time Pro Bowler and a three-time second-team All-Pro.
Mosley has made 328 tackles, including eight sacks, along with six forced fumbles, one fumble return touchdown, eight interceptions and one interception return touchdown during his four-year career. Mosley would likely be in the top echelon of free-agent defensive players should he hit the open market next offseason.
Billick said the Ravens will face a tough decision on whether to give Mosley a top dollar extension or risk letting him walk.
"They had to answer that question with Ray all those years," Billick said. "And yes, you want to keep him, but you've got to prorate it. Positions do carry value with it. So ultimately, he's going to have to play up to it, and the Ravens will have to decide what that value is. A lot of it does have more to do with the position than actually the productivity of the player."
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