After spending the last three years serving as the backup quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, Robert Griffin III is temporarily trading in his helmet for a headset or aptly, an earpiece until his next opportunity to play arises. ESPN's newest college football/NFL analyst was a guest on the 'Get Up' morning show on Wednesday and gave his former employers and teammates some ringing endorsements and high praise.
“I think the Ravens take that final step. I think they take it all the way to the Super Bowl,” Griffin said. “I know the guys in that locker room. I know how they work, how much it means to them. That defense is aging a little bit, so I think it’s now or never for the Baltimore Ravens, and I think Lamar Jackson gets it done.”
While some may view his words as bias remarks from a former employee talking up his former employer, Griffin’s analysis of where the Ravens currently stand and what they are capable of accomplishing this year were accurate.
All three of their starting interior defensive linemen are over the age of 30 and two of them, Brandon Williams and Calais Campbell, are entering the final year of their contracts. They also have a pair of seasoned veterans at outside linebacker too in Pernell McPhee and Justin Houston. Both players entered the league in 2011, are expected to have prominent roles and are playing on one-year deals.
Griffin bore witness to the emergence and played an integral role in the maturation of Jackson during his first three years in the league. He helped mentor the 2019 league MVP on and off the field and knows the kind of impact Jackson can have as well as the threat he presents. He joined Jackson in refuting the reports from his ESPN colleague Jeremy Fowler from last week about opposing defenses ‘figuring out’ the star signal-caller.
“He’s such an instinctual player,” Griffin said. “You can figure out the Ravens offense … but at the end of the day you have to stop him. He is the offense. Now you have weapons around him — Mark Andrews, Sammy Watkins, Rashod Bateman, Hollywood Brown, James Proche — and their offense becomes a really difficult thing to deal with.”