Lamar Jackson Jan 1, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) stands on the sidelines during the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

In most cases, NFL teams will seek out the opinion of their star quarterback when making an offensive coordinator hire. Though, it’s been clear for months that the Baltimore Ravens and Lamar Jackson were having trouble coming to terms with a contract extension. Still, the Ravens reportedly didn’t seek Jackson’s input after head coach John Harbaugh elected to part ways with Greg Roman earlier this offseason.

The news comes as a surprise, especially when considering that everyone from Harbaugh to the front office to ownership, has made it known that they want Jackson back in Baltimore. During Friday’s edition of First Take, Stephen A. Smith reported that he was connected to someone in Jackson’s camp and was informed that the star quarterback did not receive input in the team hiring Todd Monken as offensive coordinator.

“Lamar Jackson was never consulted or talked to or asked what his opinions would be,” Smith said Friday. “He was informed, ‘This is your new boss at the offensive coordinator spot, who will be calling plays for you.’”

Smith also made it clear that Monken, who does have prior NFL coordinator experience, was brought in directly from the college coaching ranks. He obviously helped lead the Georgia Bulldogs to back-to-back National Championship victories, but whether that translates to the next level remains to be seen.

In any event, there appears to be a larger disconnect between Jackson and the Ravens in terms of player and coaching personnel than there was before.

[Pro Football TalkESPN]

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Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.