John Harbaugh won’t live life in fear of a Lamar Jackson injury

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Ravens head coach John Harbaugh’s new contract was just one of many topics up for discussion at Friday’s press conference and the biggest might have been the team’s plans for quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Jackson took over after Joe Flacco hurt his hip and the Ravens went 6-1 down the stretch to qualify for the playoffs. Their offense over that period was heavily reliant on Jackson as a runner and Harbaugh was asked about the injury risk involved in going that direction.

Harbaugh said the 2019 offense is “going to be very diverse” and will include things that weren’t part of the package this year. He also said that Jackson is still going to run the ball.

“Every player is one play away from being hurt, and every quarterback standing in the pocket is one hit away from being hurt, too,” Harbaugh said. “The fact that he gets out and runs and scrambles … I get it. I think it’s fair to consider that, but you can’t live your life in fear. I think there’s just as much fear on the other side as he’s going to take the thing to the house if he gets out and runs too. So we’ll live in that world as opposed to the other world.”

Harbaugh said that the change to Greg Roman at offensive coordinator was because he wanted to center the offense around the run game. He added that Jackson is going to be doing a lot of work on the passing side of things before next season as well.

“He’s going to work at it really hard,” Harbaugh said. “Who he works with, or where he works it, I’ll leave that to him to answer if he wants to answer. But I’m quite sure that he’ll be working at it really hard, and he already is. Throughout the course of the offseason he’s going to throw the ball a lot. … I expect him to come back a better quarterback skill-wise than he was when he left. He’s determined to do that.”

Harbaugh’s new contract runs through 2022 and Jackson’s development will be a major factor if his stay in Baltimore will extend beyond that point.

37 responses to “John Harbaugh won’t live life in fear of a Lamar Jackson injury

  1. Neither did Mike Shanahan about RGIII. But injuries are a funny thing. They can happen irrespective of whether the coach is worrying about them.

  2. He is an amazing athlete and apparently has a great work ethic. And he seems like a nice kid.

    Comments will be litered with people saying he will fail but I want to believe.

  3. This guy will just end up raiding the Ravens of cash and be a lame duck coach.

    Who in their right mind would say such things and want to rebuild for the next 2-3 years with this QB, not being in fear of an injury?

  4. Of course he won’t worry about it, because as king of blaming others he’ll have another excuse.

  5. Injuries happen to QB’s and that’s okay iff he can’t run anymore. So the question is not IF he will get injured but the question is can he still be an effective QB without that threat. No better example of this than Griffin who is a decent but not great QB after 9 years from his rookie deal. Finally just Decent. No team will put up with you for 9 years as you develop into Decent.

  6. Hedging your coaching future in Baltimore on a RB masquerading as your QB is not very smart!
    I mean look at what Ryan Tannehill has done to TWO Coaching careers because he’s a converted WR in Miami that is mediocre at best & has proven oft injured – Jackson is more “mobile” thus making him more vulnerable to getting hit and potentially injured and he doesn’t posses the best skill set needed at QB.
    If I’m Harbaugh I don’t let Flacco go – make it a competition to see who’s better to lead the team.

  7. Jackson is a great athlete, but not really a qb you want to build a team around.
    Did he even average 15 completions in the games he started?
    And with the amount of times he takes off running, I fear he will be injured sooner than later

  8. Ravens fans have no perspective. Your FO and coaching have insulated you from bad for so long that you don’t even know what bad is anymore.

    You want all these guys who’ve provided you some 18 straight seasons of good football fired — pretty much only because they’ve been good for so long that you forget what bad looks like.

    You have the Browns and Bengals in your division, and the Skins in your region. Take a long look, and a long breath, and realize the Ravens front office and coaching are really pretty excellent for a long time.

  9. Jackson will end up being the next Tyrod Taylor! Greg Roman’s offensive schemes are dated, predictable , and ultimately easily defensed. Baltimore will be that consummate 8-8 or 9-7 team for the next 4 years. Better keep RG III. healthy!

  10. Lamar Jackson has more rushing attempts than completed passes
    I thought Tebow and Griffin III ran too much, and Jackson runs twice as much as Tebow and 3 times as much as Griffin III
    He has a slighter build than both Tebow and Griffin
    I think you can figure out the rest

  11. i wouldnt be as afraid of an injury as i would be afraid of having to throw the ball to come back to win a game with this guy. gimmicky offenses with mobile running qbs that arent true pocket passers will NEVER last long in the nfl. the chargers destroyed this team with one simple adjustment.

  12. It’s not the running that will hurt him, it’s when he gets stopped.

    NFL defenders are the best athletes in the world at finding a guy and putting him on the ground, hard.

    A run-first QB will never work out long term in the pros. It’s too bad, it’s exciting and Lamar Jackson seems to have a special something, but the guys on the other side of the line want to win the game, too.

  13. Wentz, Dalton, Alex Smith, Garrapolo.

    Pocket QBs that rarely run.

    Guess one thing they all had in common this year?

    That’s right, didn’t finish the season because of injury.

    Its football folks. You’ll probably get hurt. Hopefully you wont.

  14. Lamar Jackson has ZERO chance of getting injured while running.
    Because one the ball falls out of his hands the defenders will ignore him and go after the ball.
    That is similar to how an airplane avoids a heat seeking missile by dropping a flare.

  15. baltimoresnativeson says:
    January 25, 2019 at 7:52 pm
    Wentz, Dalton, Alex Smith, Garrapolo.

    Pocket QBs that rarely run.

    Guess one thing they all had in common this year?

    That’s right, didn’t finish the season because of injury.

    Its football folks. You’ll probably get hurt. Hopefully you wont.

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    wentz last year and jimmy g this year suffered their acl injuries running the ball. next argument please.

  16. It’s hard to think of a QB with that style who hasn’t been badly injured, Russell Wilson is an incredible rusher but he seems to have the knack of avoiding big hits. Another problem Jackson has is his passing ability, I know he’s young but if he can’t up his level massively he won’t cut it in the NFL. Lastly is the worry that Jackson’s initial success will be negated by coaches being able to scheme against him as the Chargers did in the Play-offs. Nobody really knows how Jackson will turn out but there are a lot of danger signs right now. Only time will tell how it works out for him and the affect that may have on Harbaugh in Baltimore.

  17. thejetssuck2001 says:
    January 25, 2019 at 7:15 pm
    i wouldnt be as afraid of an injury as i would be afraid of having to throw the ball to come back to win a game with this guy.
    ————
    You mean like the 2 TDs he threw in the playoff loss at the end? Or how he was going to throw a 3rd before he fumbled?

  18. Wow lets see can’t throw will be hurt a lot well look at Brady first few years yea he won on the back of very good defense and and very good running game his stats wasn’t that good and he had a year to learn you don’t throw 60+ td’s in college and can’t throw it takes time as you can see bu Brady and Manning 2 of greats right

  19. Always hated the Ravens because they were a stolen team, and also, Ray Lewis. I’m starting to come around on them though. Definitely one of the more entertaining teams now. And I’m rooting for the kid, it’s great seeing him get a chance to prove some people wrong.

  20. finfansince68 says:
    January 25, 2019 at 6:15 pm
    Hedging your coaching future in Baltimore on a RB masquerading as your QB is not very smart!
    I mean look at what Ryan Tannehill has done to TWO Coaching careers because he’s a converted WR in Miami that is mediocre at best & has proven oft injured – Jackson is more “mobile” thus making him more vulnerable to getting hit and potentially injured and he doesn’t posses the best skill set needed at QB.
    If I’m Harbaugh I don’t let Flacco go – make it a competition to see who’s better to lead the team.
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    Tanehill didn’t do ANYTHING to two coaching careers. The coaches did it to themselves because they simply were not that good. Gase was overrated and made his rep because he had Peyton Manning in his 2 years as Denver’s OC. Don’t believe me? Go look at Gase’s teams numbers after leaving Denver. Think the highest any of his teams ranked in offense was 17th. And Clueless Joe Philbi was just that, clueless. He had no idea what being a HC was all about. And he was the one that wanted Tannehill. The problem is the OWNER. Nothing will change until Ross sells the team. Brian Flores will be gone in 3 years and Tannehill will not be around to blame for this one.

  21. tylawspick6 says:
    January 25, 2019 at 11:05 pm
    thejetssuck2001 says:

    January 25, 2019 at 7:15 pm
    i wouldnt be as afraid of an injury as i would be afraid of having to throw the ball to come back to win a game with this guy.
    ————
    You mean like the 2 TDs he threw in the playoff loss at the end? Or how he was going to throw a 3rd before he fumbled?
    ————————————————————————————-
    The only way he ever throws successfully is on broken plays when he is scrambling around. That is never sustainable in the NFL. Next year the guy will face defenses that stop the run and keep him in the pocket. Lets see what numbers he puts up then.

  22. He can say that after he signed his contract extension, because he will be paid even if he is fired. He could not have said that before signing the extension. Lamar Jackson is why Harbaugh is still the coach in Baltimore. The team has tanked in recent years under Joe Flacco.

  23. Jackson will be out of the league in 3 years. It only takes one guy to blow out one of his knees.

  24. I can smell the fear out there…

    How many NFL QB’s have started 6-1…None

    On how many teams is the QB the best athlete on the field…Only 1

    He is “The Truth” just ask Jalen Ramsey

  25. We’ll know pretty quickly whether Lamar worked on his passing skills. As a Ravens fan I hope to see a major improvement in that category.

  26. Lamar is not a QB – he is a running back – and he will experience the short life that he has chosen. By the end of next season, he’ll be a flat tire on the Baltimore Murdering Black Bird’s bus. Always happens to the frauds who think they can put on a QB number and play in the NFL at that position.

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