John Harbaugh: It’s a new era for Ravens football

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Ravens head coach John Harbaugh met the media on Friday morning to discuss the four-year deal to keep him in Baltimore that was announced on Thursday.

Harbaugh’s going into his 12th season with the Ravens, but there are a lot of changes going on around him. Ozzie Newsome has stepped down as General Manager, quarterback Joe Flacco is on his way out and Greg Roman has been bumped up to offensive coordinator since the end of the regular season.

As a result of those changes, the first question that Harbaugh faced was whether he sees this as a new era for football in Baltimore. Harbaugh said he does see it that way.

“We’ll be a different team next year. We’ll be a different team than we’ve ever been before,” Harbaugh said. 

New General Manager Eric DeCosta has been with the organization for a long time, but Harbaugh said he’s excited by DeCosta’s “energy and his passion” since the promotion went into effect.

Harbaugh also explained the shift to Roman from Marty Mornhinweg as being a better fit for where the offense is headed with Lamar Jackson at the helm. How that system shapes up will have a lot to do with how this new era in Baltimore turns out.

44 responses to “John Harbaugh: It’s a new era for Ravens football

  1. Lamar Jackson will need to improve his progressions to take the next step in this league. Opposing defenses are going to adjust and he doesn’t have the build to run the ball 15-20 times a game anyway. The threat of running is great and the occasional RPO, but it isn’t going to work as the offensive gameplan.

  2. The Ravens are a professional organization. They draft well, prioritize on building their offensive and defensive lines and have been a successful franchise over the years. That said, it remains to be seen what happens under Jackson. The NFL today is a passing league — and there is a serious question as to how well Lamar can pass. The League is going to figure out how to bottle up Jackson’s running (a la Kaepernick and RGIII) so unless Lamar develops his passing skills, the Ravens will likely hit a bump in the road.

  3. Complete sports gobbledygook. Of course the team is going to be different. Everyone is older, some new players are added, some players are gone. Duh. Why report on nonsense. How are they going to win more games? Is there a plan going forward?

    “We’ll be a different team next year. We’ll be a different team than we’ve ever been before,” Harbaugh said.

  4. Just remember the Browns were one pass away from knocking the Ravens out of the playoffs, at Ravens Stadium. I wonder if John would have gotten an extension if the Browns would have won?

  5. ravensbob says:
    January 25, 2019 at 11:32 am
    Keep drafting Defense…

    EXACLTY. if you let up on drafting defense and neglect your strength to beef up this quirky offense the whole thing will come crashing down. maybe get a freak olineman and a fresh running back but otherwise keep drafting defense. oh and boycott the superbowl, goodell robbed the saints

  6. If Jackson can stay healthy, the Ravens should be good. If Jackson gets hurt, all bets are off. At any rate, it’s good to see them move on from Flacco. He had that one good season and then nothing of substance ever since. Most overrated QB ever.

  7. Said it before, I’ll say it again:
    It remains to be seen yet whether Jackson is the answer, but we knew Flacco was no longer the answer.

  8. trevor190 says:
    January 25, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    I quite enjoyed this era of people pretending every single year that the Ravens were much better/scarier than the reality.
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    Agree. That narrative is old, and false. ONE playoff win in the past 6 seasons.

  9. Yeah, Broncos fans had the same thoughts when Tebow did essentially the same thing as Jackson. Jackson better learn to throw downfield because as the saying goes “the other teams coaches get paid too” and they are currently reviewing every play LJ made looking for his weaknesses. His RPO-style won’t work next year, so LJ better start working on his playaction skills.

  10. New era? Same HC, same coaching staff, and same front office. A new QB until defenses take away all those rushing yards and force him to become an actual QB. We’ve seen it happen before (i.e. RGIII) and it will happen again….

  11. “We’ll be a different team next year. We’ll be a different team than we’ve ever been before,” = “We are going to completely stink”

  12. Harbaugh is saying it’s a new era… let’s see…..
    Last year was an average to below average offense combined with great defense and special teams.
    How is that a new era when it basically describes every Ravens team ever? (With a couple exceptions)

  13. The Bills and Ravens should seriously go after experienced vets to back up their Rookie QB’s this season. Really not sold at all on either of them. What I do know, though is Harbaugh and McDermott are fine coaches they just need to see the light.

  14. Glad the Ravens are going back to Ravens football. Running the football and lowering the number of passing attempts. In the years after SB 47, the Ravens got to obsessed with throwing the football all over the place.

  15. Jackson can make more throws than Brady at this point in his career. The Ravens will be fine with Jackson, they just need to give him more weapons as he is still a young QB.

  16. Ozzie Smith was one of the better GMs in the league. Harbaugh says “We’ll be a different team next year. We’ll be a different team than we’ve ever been before,” because he is NOW excited about Eric DeCosta’s “energy and his passion.” Sounds like a knock on Ozzie Newsome.

  17. How can we be a different team with the same ol hc, Harb created a factory of Oc’s, did Harb magically learn the X& O’s of football, if a sheep lost all his wool isn’t it still a sheep, Harb is lovie smith 2.0

  18. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 25, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Jackson can make more throws than Brady at this point in his career.
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    Which Brady are we talking about? Wayne Brady?

  19. carloswlassiter says:
    January 25, 2019 at 5:22 pm
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 25, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Jackson can make more throws than Brady at this point in his career.
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    Which Brady are we talking about? Wayne Brady?

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    Jan Brady, methinks.

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