In a recent interview with ESPN, Former Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and his wife said that Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown wanted to leave the team because of bullying by other players. This is not the first time we have heard such an allegation, but it might be one of many stories in which professional athletes are being mistreated on their teams.
The “hollywood brown” is a point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he has had an interesting career. The “RGIII Reveals the Name of the Person Who Made Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown Want out of Baltimore.”
The Baltimore Ravens sold wide receiver Marquise Brown, alias Hollywood Brown, and the No. 100 overall selection to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for the No. 23 overall choice in this year’s NFL Draft.
Many people, including Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, were surprised by the change. One individual, though, seemed to get Brown’s desire to leave Baltimore. Robert Griffin III, called RGIII, is Jackson’s former backup.
Brown’s desire to leave Charm City is blamed on one person in the Ravens organization, according to the QB-turned-analyst. That person is offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
Marquise “Hollywood” Brown was acquired by the Arizona Cardinals in a trade.
During the 2022 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals addressed a need by dealing their first-round selection to the Baltimore Ravens for wide receiver Marquise Brown. Hollywood, the pass-catcher, has spent three seasons in the league. He’s caught 195 passes for 2,361 yards and 21 touchdowns in that time.
After losing Christian Kirk to the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency this summer, the Cardinals needed a wide receiver. What the club didn’t know at the time was that its top pass-catcher, DeAndre Hopkins, was about to accept a six-game ban for using performance-enhancing drugs.
At No. 23, all of the top wide receiver prospects were gone, as were numerous second-tier passers. By the 18th round, Drake London, Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, Jameson Williams, Jahan Dotson, and Treylon Burks had all found NFL homes.
Brown was able to be acquired by the Cardinals because he want to leave Baltimore. And former Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III just revealed why on social media.
RGIII blamed offensive coordinator Greg Roman of the Baltimore Ravens.
Marquise Brown wanted out of Baltimore because of Greg Roman NOT Lamar Jackson. Marquise knows G-Ro’s system runs through the backs and tight ends, so it’s unlikely a WR1 will get big money. The best way to get paid was to be in a pass first offense in @AZCardinals A THREAD 1/4
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) May 5, 2022
While Hollywood Brown hasn’t said why he no longer wants to be a Baltimore Raven, a former teammate and current NFL commentator has done so on his behalf. Following the deal, Robert Griffin III resorted to Twitter to pin the blame solely on Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
RGIII’s post was in response to reports that Brown wanted out of Baltimore due to Lamar Jackson’s pass-catching deficiencies. That is not accurate, according to the former Ravens backup.
“Greg Roman, not Lamar Jackson, was the reason Marquise Brown wanted out of Baltimore,” RGIII wrote. “Marquise understands that G-scheme Ro’s revolves on running backs and tight ends, thus a WR1 is unlikely to get top dollar. In the @AZCardinals, being in a pass-first offense was the best way to get paid.”
The Ravens have been a run-first offense over the last several seasons, according to Griffin. The trouble is, that’s not how Brown is going to receive his bag.
“Despite passing the ball more last year, the @Ravens averaged 90 MORE RUNS than passes over the previous three years,” RGIII said. “Over the previous three years, the @AZCardinals have averaged 116 more passes than runs. In the last ten years, the Chiefs haven’t ran the ball more than they’ve thrown it.”
Everything makes sense, and there’s a strong argument to be made that this is a fantastic deal for both Hollywood Brown and the Arizona Cardinals. Despite this, the Baltimore Ravens won the trade.
The Ravens’ trade advantage
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman of the Baltimore Ravens looks on during training camp at M&T Bank Stadium on July 31, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
In terms of the Baltimore Ravens offense, RGIII was correct. When the unit concentrates on running the ball and passing to tight ends in the center of the field, it performs better. Those two projects make the most of Lamar Jackson’s abilities.
To that aim, the Ravens selected two tight ends (Charlie Kolar of Iowa State and Isaiah Likely of Coastal Carolina) and a running back (Missouri’s Tyler Badie) in the draft. They also utilized the No. 23 selection of the Arizona Cardinals to move back two places to take Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum, the most certain offensive line prospect in the class.
All of this was done as the Ravens traded an ordinary (maybe slightly above average at best?) wide receiver to the Cardinals for a higher draft selection than they had originally selected him with (No. 25 in 2018).
In his tweets on Marquise Brown’s desire to leave Baltimore, RGIII also said that “Marquise Brown had 146 targets last year, but they weren’t all catchable targets.” While this is undoubtedly true, Griffin failed to note that Hollywood Brown led the league in dropped passes with seven last season.
Baltimore won this deal because it was able to get rid of a player who didn’t want to be there. In exchange for him, the club received a top-tier offensive lineman, saving the organization an estimated $20 million each season in 2023 and beyond. This is likely how much Arizona will have to pay Hollywood Brown in order to retain him long-term.
It was yet another savvy decision by a general staff in Baltimore that makes more wise moves than virtually any other team in the league.
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