Marty Mornhinweg denies wanting to move Lamar Jackson to receiver

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Former Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg issued a statement this morning denying that he wanted to move Lamar Jackson to wide receiver.

Mornhinweg’s statement was a response to comments from former NFL executive Mike Lombardi, who claimed on his podcast that Mornhinweg said to the Ravens’ other coaches last year, “When are we moving him to wide receiver?”

Although Mornhinweg is no longer with the Ravens, he issued a statement through the team.

“That didn’t happen,” Mornhinweg said. “Never said that. My thoughts before the draft, and even more when we started working with Lamar, was that this young man was going to be a special quarterback. Very early we saw that along with all of his throwing and escape abilities, he reads the field as well as any young quarterback I ever worked with.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh backed Mornhinweg’s version of events.

“Marty was excited from the beginning to coach Lamar and was instrumental in helping him progress through his rookie season,” Harbaugh said.

It’s rare for a team to put out a statement on behalf of a coach who no longer works there, but the Ravens clearly take issue with any suggestion that they ever saw Jackson as anything other than their franchise quarterback.

23 responses to “Marty Mornhinweg denies wanting to move Lamar Jackson to receiver

  1. Why would a team spend a 1st round pick on a qb, as talented and athletic as Jackson is, who has no significant experience as a WR… they knew who they were drafting, and I’m sure they were gonna spend the next 4-5 years developing him to be the best QB he could be, while taking advantage of his athleticism.. I don’t think they envision year 2 to be going this well, but some time you win the lottery

  2. This offense will come to a grinding halt when they face the Patriots or any other good team the second time. Now they are just surprising teams.

  3. As a close friend of the organization Morningweg is not too bright but is a standout guy and brings us curlers from Tim Horton’s in Canada sometimes (he has a cottage there, very nice place, invited me a few times)

  4. I don’t personally know Marty or his character. So I will recklessly and irresponsibly suggest that he’s lying.

  5. Pats fan 4 life, you are delusional thinking seeing them a second time will be different. Lamar standing in the pocket completing passes was not a gimmick, it was execution. The Ravens curb stomped your team. They didn’t squeak by, they beat em by 17. Keep believing it will be different because now you have seen it. You had 14 weeks of game tape to watch. The chargers adjusted last year based on last year. Now Lamar is passing having passed for 158.3 passer rating twice. So take your pathetic loyalty to the Pats and go watch some tape when Rod Rust was your coach

  6. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 19, 2019 at 12:02 pm
    This offense will come to a grinding halt when they face the Patriots or any other good team the second time. Now they are just surprising teams.
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    Just a hunch but I would assume you said the same thing about the first time. Now they need 2 games? C’mon man. Pats fans are starting to become a caricature. Just admit you got beat, soundly.

  7. Maybe someone should move Colin Kaepernick to wide receiver.
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    Or tight end. He looked closer to 250 pounds than the shredded 230 of his playing days.

  8. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 19, 2019 at 12:02 pm
    This offense will come to a grinding halt when they face the Patriots or any other good team the second time. Now they are just surprising teams.
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    It’s always obvious the people on here who’ve never played a snap of football in their life. The only thing that’s going to bring this offense to a grinding halt is Lamar stops improving, Lamar gets injured, or a team has both the speed and power at the linebacking or secondary position to keep up with Lamar and the 3 TE sets, both in coverage and stopping the run game at the same time. Right now, it’s a pick your poison. Go heavy linebackers to stop the power run game of Ingram and Edwards, get shredded through the air and with Lamar’s speed. Go 6 or 7 DBs to contain Lamar as San Diego did in the playoffs last year and your Patriots did a lot of, get abused by the power running of Ingram and Edwards because you can’t get off blocks, and have undersize DBs trying to cover these big TEs.

  9. remember all the controversy when Julian Edelman and Antonio Brown were asked to switch from QB to WR? me either…..

    in all seriousness, you think the media reaching for stories is bad now, just imagine how bad it will be if the Ravens make it to the superbowl.

  10. Lamar’s record is 1-2 against teams that have played him twice. Not a large sample size, but factual. One of those losses came in the playoffs last year.
    Lamar sure seems to have the right mentality and approach to winning but lets see how he does in the playoffs and cold weather.
    Does anyone remember Mahomes any more? He was the Second Messiah last season… and now that he’s a little banged up and a little less confident in his reads and throws, it’s like he’s become chopped liver.
    Lamar is all the rage. Rightfully so, in mid November. True greats make their careers in December and January… and most importantly February. Give the kid a chance to get there before building him up so much.

  11. How’s this for a sample size:

    In 18 games:

    Lamar is 14-4 as a starter in Baltimore, regardless of who he has played, including playoffs.
    284 of 449 passing for 63.25 completion %
    3459 yrds
    25td 8int
    98.0 QB rating.

    262 Rushing attempts
    1483 yrds
    5.66 ypc
    11 td

  12. Mike Lombardi is a moron. Yeah, the OC is going to say something stupid like that out loud about their first round pick that specifically didn’t want to work out at WR. Just Lombardi stirring the pot as usual because he’s not good at actual football jobs.

  13. sbchampsagain says:
    November 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm
    How’s this for a sample size:

    In 18 games:

    Lamar is 14-4 as a starter in Baltimore, regardless of who he has played, including playoffs.
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    Since Lamar is 0-1 in the Playoffs you should have left that out and you could’ve said he is 13-3 as a starter, just looks better LOL!

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