Ravens experimenting with Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson in same formation

AP

There were suggestions before the draft that some teams might want Lamar Jackson to play a position other than quarterback at the professional level, but there were no indications from the Ravens that they’d be moving him after they took him at the end of the first round.

There’s still no sign that they’d consider moving him permanently, but they appear to be open to something on a temporary basis. They have been experimenting with formations that include both Jackson and starting quarterback Joe Flacco at the same time.

“Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us,” coach John Harbaugh said, via ESPN.com. “If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That’s what we’re trying to figure out. … Joe has to be able to do other things if [Jackson is] throwing the ball. It gets the creative juices flowing for our offensive coaches, and they’ve worked hard on that.”

Jackson said it has been fun seeing “what they’re going to come up with next” and time will tell how many of these ideas survive the drawing board to become an actual part of the Baltimore offense during the 2018 season.

12 responses to “Ravens experimenting with Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson in same formation

  1. Well if this used on a passing play, they better be very confident in their offense of line. They won’t have a running back in the backfield to pick up a Blitzer or a lineman who gets through. So the quarterback without the ball, very little padding, will have to face a raging giant coming at him. I got to see this work before I believe it’s a good idea. If they send the other quarterback out on a passing play, he’s probably not gonna go deep, so he’s in the linebacker area. Again I wonder if you’re going to get him killed.

  2. “They won’t have a running back in the backfield to pick up a Blitzer or a lineman who gets through”.

    Where does it say that Lamar or Flacco are lining up as a running back, or that no RB is in the formation?

  3. Translation: We are trying to get Jackson as many reps as possible without upsetting Flacco. Flacco will start the year but in weeks 8-10 when the playoffs are in jeopardy we will bench him and start Jackson, so we want him to be as prepared as possible.

  4. So a receiver or two will run a vertical route, the tight end will run a drag or slant or something, Jackson will receive the snap and toss it to Flacco, who will throw it underneath to the tight end because the defense will be expecting a deep ball. If the defense decides that the underneath route is more likely, they’ll have Flacco toss it deep. Might work, might not. Chances are that we’ll never see this play.

  5. “Where does it say that Lamar or Flacco are lining up as a running back, or that no RB is in the formation?”

    It doesn’t say that. they could leave the RB in there and pull out a lineman. Thats a bad idea if you like your QB. You could pull a tight end and then lose out on a passing target or a blocker. Pick your poison. Or you could pull a wideout and hurt your passing options. Then you may need more time for someone to get open. No matter how you figure it you still only get 11 men and two QB’s means one less of something else. I stand by my original statement. They better be confident in thier offensive line.

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