Joe Flacco ‘fully healthy’ but Lamar Jackson will remain Ravens’ starting QB

first_imgJoe Flacco handled demotion with class. He expressed disappointment over not starting but said decision is out of his hands. Flacco declined to talk about what this means about his future, saying he has months after season to think about that.— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) December 12, 2018″Joe’s been great. Joe’s a leader, he’s excited, he’s looking forward to having a role,” Harbaugh told reporters. “Every football player wants to have the biggest role they can possibly have. I’m sure Joe’s no different, Robert’s no different — I’m sure any player we’ve got feels the same way.”But Joe’s a pro, he’s got class, he’s got complete respect in the locker room, and listen, there’s a very good chance we’re gonna need Joe Flacco and any other player that’s … in a backup role to win us a football game.”Asked whether the quarterbacks’ roles would remain the same going forward, Harbaugh said he was only focused on Sunday’s game before adding, “But I’ll say this: Lamar Jackson’s the starting quarterback.” Despite that impressive track record, Harbaugh said Flacco took the demotion well.  Ravens coach John Harbaugh says Lamar Jackson (ankle) ‘should be OK’ Joe Flacco is ready to play for the first time in more than a month, but he is no longer the Ravens’ top choice at quarterback. Coach John Harbaugh announced Wednesday that Lamar Jackson will get the start Sunday against the Buccaneers, with Flacco the No. 2 QB and Robert Griffin III behind them.  Coach Harbaugh has announced that @Lj_era8 will be the starting QB on Sunday.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 12, 2018Jackson took over as Baltimore’s starter after Flacco injured his right hip in a Nov. 4 loss to the Steelers. The Ravens have won three of four since then, with Jackson changing the look of the offense as a true dual-threat QB. The 32nd overall pick in this year’s draft has averaged 84 yards rushing in his four starts, balancing out a sometimes-erratic passing game. Harbaugh said the decision was simply a matter of determining “what makes us the strongest possible team we can be,” but it represents a significant departure after a decade of having Flacco under center. The 33-year-old has been Baltimore’s starter when healthy since Week 1 of the 2008 season, and has never appeared in a game in which he did not start.  Related Newslast_img