Former Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden – up for induction into the Hall of Fame Saturday – gave his opinion on what separates Robert Griffin III from previous running quarterbacks in the NFL.
“If you can’t throw the football, I don’t want you back there as quarterback,” Ogden told 106.7 The Fan’s Lavar and Dukes Thursday. “I think that’s what makes RGIII and Russell Wilson and all those guys so effective, because they are quarterbacks who can run the football.”
He said the quarterback’s job, first and foremost, is to throw the football, and running serves as an effective change of pace to keep the defense on their toes.
Standing at 6’9”, the 38-year-old retiree is a mountain of a man who loomed over defensive linemen for twelve seasons in the league, for a career that will surely land him as a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He says he hasn’t attended a Super bowl in as many years.
“This is going to be the first game I’ve gone to since we won in 2000,” Ogden said. “I always said I didn’t want to go unless the Ravens were there.”
Flacco has been sacked just four times in the Ravens playoff run that has led them past Indianapolis, Denver and New England, respectively, on their surprising road to the Super Bowl. What shouldn’t come as a surprise however is Ogden attributing a great portion of that success to the line, which head coach John Harbaugh reorganized in Week 17 due to injury.
“The Ravens offensive line is really playing pretty good football,” Ogden said. “When they made the switch to bring McKinnie in and move Oher to right tackle, I think that solidified that position.”
Ogden says it would be a Hollywood ending for him should he get the opportunity to stand next to Ray Lewis for the coin flip; a Hall of Famer and future Hall of Famer standing side-by-side before latter’s final NFL game.