John Harbaugh: Jackson is QB of future, Flacco will “have a market”

AP

There’s still considerable uncertainty in Baltimore for next season.

But as things stand today, their quarterback situation will look like it did today.

Via Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, coach John Harbaugh put to bed any simmering controversy, installing Lamar Jackson as the lone quarterback of the future.

Lamar is our quarterback going forward,” Harbaugh said.

That was a popular opinion over the previous seven weeks, and the last seven minutes of Sunday’s loss to the Chargers. But before that, fans were booing and hoping Flacco might replace the rookie. Harbaugh said he considered making the change, but it’s clear he’s staking the franchise to Jackson.

He also seemed to make it clear that the intent would be to trade veteran former starter Joe Flacco.

Joe can still play,” he told reporters. “Joe’s going to have a market, a lot of teams are going to want Joe. . . . . Joe Flacco is a great talent, he’s a better person, he’s the best QB in the history of the Ravens, . . . he’s going to be just fine.”

Creating a trade market for Flacco will only benefit Harbaugh, who also addressed one of the other elephants in the room by saying he wanted to stay in Baltimore and got the impression his bosses wanted that too.

38 responses to “John Harbaugh: Jackson is QB of future, Flacco will “have a market”

  1. Flacco should have been brought in today after halftime.The offense was ugly to say the least.
    It was only at the end that it looked slightly better, when the Chargers went into their prevent defense. A horrible offensive game by the Ravens.

  2. Yeah John pretty dumb decision you let one bad coaching move lead too a loss for your whole team. What a great move too put joe in after half and see if he can get touchdowns for you rather than waiting for garbage time and letting Jackson fool people into thinking he can actually throw the ball when chargers clearly took foot off. Now chargers are a joke as well and almost blew it like they only know how too do but still man. U should have rolled with the guy who has done it before

  3. Jax will probably give a 1st and Fournette for him. Coughlin loves players that know how to beat the Pats.

  4. The ravens certainly paid flacco well during his tenure. If the ravens use their trade abilities in a smart way, they can parlay that into plugging holes. They aren’t far off, but clearly are in transition.

  5. IN other words, “I am being told by ownership that Lamar is our starting QB next year”. Any competent coach allowed to make their own decisions, would have put Flacco in to start the 2nd half.

  6. Jon Gruden should grab Flacco and ship Derek Carr out of town. You can’t win scared in the NFL.

  7. Joe’s going to have a market, a lot of teams are going to want Joe

    Exactly how much of a market does he expect for a QB who was benched in favor of Jackson? With the ability to lie like that, he should go into politics.

  8. Classy fans in Baltimore. Wow. Booing this kid in his first playoff start when you wouldn’t even be there without him. Did you forget how much you sucked earlier this year before Harbaugh switched to him? Unbelievable.

  9. Dude is horrible. All he can do is find running lanes. Got 2 big plays off Duck passes. The Browns gave the blueprint in the second half of the game last week. Jackson is doomed from this game forward. PLEASE, keep Jackson starting, Signed, the Entire AFC.

  10. No, Lamar is no QB. He’s a fraud. He’s a joke. He is a default running back. You will be unemployed if you think this guy has any starting future.

  11. Jackson is awful, period. Too skinny, small hands, all he can do is run, he is a total bust. Glad the Bills have Josh Allen, he has things to work on as well, but million times better than Jackson.

  12. cardinealsfan20 says:
    January 6, 2019 at 5:34 pm
    Wow Carroll Prescott, you really hate Lamar Jackson. I wonder why?

    ————

    Because he is a less than mediocre passer?

  13. Jon Gruden will most likely trade for Flacco in the deluded belief that he can make Flacco into another Rich Gannon. And when Gruden gets rid of Derek Carr, Carr will most likely excel in another city provided that his new team has competent offense coaching and a decent o-line.

  14. Booooooing Jackson may be harsh : but it’s the reality
    Once he has been figured out – the jig is up – he’s exposed now for what he really is – nothing more than a college QB who will never make it in the big boy league

  15. cardinealsfan20 says:
    Comments taking shots at Lamar’s ability, using all of the code phrases about black quarterbacks, get way too many thumbs up. Shows you how intolerant some readers are.

    Did you see how many times the ball came out of his hands?

  16. Flacco hasn’t played in 9 weeks and people expected him to come in save the day. Let’s remember that Flacco was terrible before his injury this season.

  17. jets2469 says:
    January 6, 2019 at 5:09 pm
    Yeah John pretty dumb decision you let one bad coaching move lead too a loss for your whole team. What a great move too put joe in after half and see if he can get touchdowns for you rather than waiting for garbage time and letting Jackson fool people into thinking he can actually throw the ball when chargers clearly took foot off. Now chargers are a joke as well and almost blew it like they only know how too do but still man. U should have rolled with the guy who has done it before
    *****
    FYI…you use TOO many O’s in the word TO. There’s only one O in TO, not TWO.

  18. Heave and hope isn’t a skill set. It’s luck. Sorry. This kid can’t play QB at a decent enough level to win consistently. The margin for error is just too thin. Was bailed out by a great D.

  19. They use Jackson like he’s a short run asset. He can’t continue running that much. If he’s their future QB, they have to protect him more and not run him twenty times as he did last week.

  20. John Harbaugh: Jackson is QB of future

    I imagine with more and more colleges going to running QBs that Jackson could be a QB of the future, just not the near future!

  21. Flacco was having a terrible season before he got injured. It’s not like Jackson replaced a perennial Pro Bowler. Flacco has had a pretty mediocre career, with one remarkable post-season run mixed in to considerably elevate his standing. But that was five years ago. People are talking like keeping Flacco on the sidelines is why the Ravens lost.

    The Chargers’ defense is really good. You think Flacco would have just steamrolled them after coming on to the field for the first time in two months, following what was a pretty bad first half of the season? Why?

  22. As a lifelong Ravens fan..we’re screwed. Lamar can’t throw the ball. How many open receivers did he miss yesterday? He was afraid. He said it “it looked like we didn’t want to be out there.” Huh? You can’t coach ‘it’ and he doesn’t have it. Who cares about next year. Everyone…and I mean everyone could see Lamar didn’t have it…so you leave your playoff stud on the bench. If there is anything Joe could do..it was play great in the playoffs. what a wasted opportunity…amazing defense..and you just let them whither because you couldn’t make a decision. Goodbye John…

  23. Its impossible to forecast what this kid will bring in the future. Ball security is coachable, question remains is it correctable. Lamar passed for over 4000yds in his Senior Year in College alone, so he has ability, question remains does that ability translate to the NFL. Only time will tell.

    Joe was not prepared to come in that game, even as a HUGE Lamar supporter, cant say I would not have at a minimum gave it a try.

    LJ was not drafted to play in the 2018 season, he was a project and remains a project. He needs to work in the offseason and past history says he will. Will one offseason be enough, only time will tell.

    Ravens were outcoached, Chargers flipped that script from previous game in a big way. Beyond that, the O-line was F’n terrible. Joe Flacco nor Joe Montanna could have brought the team back with O-line play of that degree. Then add Marty cannot make in game adjustments and it all equates to a first round knock-out by a 12-4 team.

    Ravens are in major transition, the holes in their roster (ie Oline) and inability to make in-game adjustments were clearly exposed by a far superior Roster and better prepared coaching staff.

    Ball handling is something I think will improve, Coaching will not. If the Ravens do not make major changes in the coaching staff, LJ will fail.

    BUT you cannot blame the loss on a 21 year old Rookie QB who was asked to takeover a team mid-year. The option offense was not added in spring, it was added mid year. The kid has proven he deserves an opportunity, if next year is a repeat he is just another Heisman Winning QB who didn’t make it in the NFL, thankfully he only cost the Ravens a 2nd round pick. The future was not leveraged by adding him in last years draft.

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