“It’s now or never” – NBC4 Washington
RG3 Predicts Ravens Super Bowl Appearance: ‘It’s Now or Never’ Originally Appeared on NBC Sports Washington
While the Baltimore Ravens have been one of the best teams in the AFC for the past three years, you never know when a championship window may close. At least that’s what their former quarterback and former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Robert Griffin III, thinks.
RG3 won the Heisman Trophy at Baylor, won ROY honors as a member of the Washington football team, and then spent three seasons on I-95 as a member of the Ravens. After spending eight total seasons in the NFL on teams with varying degrees of success, he can spot when a team is ready for a thorough playoff run. That’s what he thinks his former team will do in 2021.
“I think the Ravens are taking that last step. I think they’re going all the way to the Super Bowl, ”Griffin III said on Wednesday’s episode of ESPN. Get up. “I know the guys in that locker room, I know how they work, I know how much it means to them. This defense is getting a bit old, so I think it’s now or never for the Baltimore Ravens and I think Lamar Jackson is getting there.
Griffin praised his former positionmate in Baltimore and one of the AFC’s top QBs, Lamar Jackson. Jackson had a “slack year” by his standards in 2020, which was still an incredible season overall – he threw over 2,700 yards, 26 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He still thinks he can surprise opposing defenses, saying recently he “strongly doubts” the NFL got it.
“By the time the teams think they got it, they haven’t because guess what – he doesn’t even know what he’s going to do next,” Griffin said of the former MVP of the league. “The offense is in the predictability of it … but in the end you have to stop him. It is the offense.
Baltimore has been keen to give Jackson more targets this offseason, signing WR Rashod Bateman with his first-round pick from Minnesota and signing Sammy Watkins from Kansas City. Defensively, the Ravens have one of the best units in the league, led by cornerback Marlon Humphrey. All in all, Baltimore was no. 2 in the NFL in points allowed and not. 7 yards allowed last season.
Yet Jackson is the undisputed leader of the team and the main catalyst in bringing his team to the top of the NFL.
“When you’re such an instinctive player and you play with the feel of the game, you have to keep playing. So I feel like the best route for the Ravens… is to get into the Wild Card so they can play every week, ”Griffin III said. “I think that’s what Lamar Jackson needs to stay on track and continue to feel the game – not having those weeks off where he can relax a bit.”