Ravens Need a New Backup Plan

Lombardi's Way Ravens Need a New Backup Plan

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Yesterday we learned that Joe Flacco’s backup for the past four seasons, Tyrod Taylor, is leaving to join Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills.

During his time in Baltimore, Tyrod was a preseason sensation, electrifying the sparse fake game crowds in August with his athleticism. Those performances only served to heighten the extreme differences between Taylor and starter Joe Flacco.

Could they be any more different in stature and skill set?

And it is those differences that always made Taylor a curious choice as a backup.

Game plans are installed and offenses are built primarily around the skillset of the starting quarterback. Fortunately the Ravens have never had to look to their backup during the Flacco era because he’s started every single game he’s dressed and has never, NOT finished a game due to injury.

Backups should be able to jump in and execute the game plan if called upon. But is it fair to think that Taylor at 5’11” could stay in the pocket like Flacco who stands at 6’6”?

Keith Wenning is a better fit as a backup but based on his work thus far, he’s hardly the answer. If the Ravens need a backup for a few starts to keep them in the race in the unfortunate situation where Flacco is forced to sit, Wenning, judging from his work last summer, is probably not that guy.

There needs to be someone else, a veteran in 2015, because if the Ravens are forced to go with Wenning, they won’t be winning.

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