Given Lamar Jackson's recent injuries, along with the Ravens' recent change of offensive coordinators, it's been widely expected that Baltimore's quarterback will be asked to rely more on his arm and less on his legs moving forward.
While he didn't exactly say that, new Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken recently acknowledged that Jackson will likely be asked to run less in Baltimore's new offense. That doesn't mean, however, that arguably the best running quarterback in league history will stop running entirely.
"I think the more talented you are around your quarterback, the less he has to take on that burden and shoulder the load, because you're excited about getting others the football where they can utilize their skill set," Monken said. "So I think that kind of answers itself.
"As you get further into your career … you want to take some of that off the player as best as you can. But he also has a unique trait, a unique skill set. You can't take that completely out of his tool box because that's a huge weapon for him and for us, is using his feet."
As Monken referenced, asking Jackson not to run would be like asking Brett Favre to stop threading the needle during his Hall of Fame career. Like Jackson's running, Favre's risk-taking contributed to a lot of success for himself and his teams, especially the late-'90s Packers who played in three straight NFC title games and back-to-back Super Bowls (winning one).
There were repercussions, however, with Favre's gunslinger mentality, just as there is with Jackson's running. Favre threw three costly interceptions in three different NFC title games that each contributed to tough losses. Jackson has been unable to complete the past two seasons; he missed a total of 10 games over that span. The Ravens missed the playoffs without Jackson in 2021. They were a quick out in 2022 with Jackson.
A fitting historical comparison to Jackson would be Steve Young, who used his legs to score 43 touchdowns with a 5.9 yards-per-carry average during his Hall of Fame career. But as Young got older, he used his legs as a complementary part of his game. In Super Bowl XXIX, Young became the first quarterback to lead both teams in rushing in Super Bowl. But what is more remembered from that game is Young throwing a Super Bowl-record six touchdown passes in the 49ers' blowout win over the Chargers.
Based on Monken's comments, it appears that Jackson's arm will be