John Harbaugh disagrees with Lamar Jackson over reason for Ravens’ loss

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Lamar Jackson last week blamed the Ravens’ playoff loss on “peeking ahead.” Ravens coach John Harbaugh, while saying he respects his quarterback’s opinion, offered a different opinion.

The Ravens, 10-point favorites at home in the divisional round after a 14-2 regular season, were stunned by the Titans 28-12.

“I don’t think we took them lightly, personally,” Harbaugh said in a video call Monday, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “We just didn’t play well. If you want to go back and rehash it, we can. But we’re going to try to become a better team in that circumstance at the end of the season, just like we tried to become a better team throughout the season and we were very successful with that.”

Jackson said on Complex’s Load Management podcast that the Ravens will focus on “not peeking ahead this season.”

“That’s what happened in the playoffs, and we end up losing to the team people had us favored over,” Jackson said. “It’s any given Sunday. You can’t underestimate no team, no opponent and that’s what we did. . . . They caught us by surprise. That’s all it was.”

Harbaugh said he was unbothered by Jackson’s comments.

“Lamar said it, so I respect his opinion on it,” Harbaugh said. “If he views it that way, that’s how he views it. That doesn’t bother me.”

19 responses to “John Harbaugh disagrees with Lamar Jackson over reason for Ravens’ loss

  1. The reason the Ravens lost is because the game plan has to be a little more than one check down then run

  2. The Titans had a better QB that day and ran the ball more efficiently….end of story

  3. How bout give credit where credit is do….its not that you played poorly, you were just plain out outplayed by the better team on that day….ten went into new england and then into baltimore and outplayed both teams and had a real chance at beating KC til mahomes showed why hes so great….

  4. Maybe Jackson was peeking ahead and he’s admitting it. He’s only speaking for himself. Every team’s goal is to win the super bowl, so in that sense, every team is peeking ahead. Tennessee just played better. They figured out how they could take advantage of certain matchups. It was brilliant. It caught everyone off guard. For a while it looked like they were going to roll the Chiefs too. Baltimore went 14-2 with a young QB everyone was making fun of the year before. Both teams had awesome seasons. When you go deep in the playoffs, you’re the best teams. Criticize the teams that were home watching from their coach, if you need to criticize.

  5. No coach will admit that there team wasn’t ready or as ready as the team that beat them. Of course we all saw the game so it doesn’t matter what the Harbaugh or Jackson say now. The got beat, by a lot.

  6. “We lost because we didn’t play well, not because the other team outplayed us”, said no winner ever.

    How about “The other team played great, and I’m looking forward to a re-match”

  7. I think Lamar was right. Once you start a game without the mental edge it’s hard to get it back mid-stream. And that’s what I saw.

  8. Manhandled. The Ravens were physically dominated on both sides of the ball. Couldn’t run the ball, couldn’t stop the run. MVP mighta been playing peek a boo….but the others…

  9. He might be the MVP but he was the weakest link in the play offs the last two years.

  10. The better qb won that day !!! You have to be able to read a defense at some point

  11. They lost because they didn’t figure out what a player showed us all a few years back, you can’t run Tebow right, Tebow left, Tebow up the middle on every play, teams figure that out and devise a way to stop it!

  12. charliecharger says:
    June 22, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Every team’s goal is to win the super bowl

    To be prefectly honest for the last 5yrs or so I don’t believe that’s true, I think that only about 1/3 of the league is actually trying to win the SB every year because of the sheer numbers of losing teams every year! You can’t tell me those 6-10 or worst teams are really trying to win the SB, if they are they’re putting forth a piss poor effort.

  13. Of course he doesn’t want Jackson to admit that , it makes him look horrible as a coach

  14. if ithat was the case then to bad never look ahead.for that kind of thinkin im glad yu lost

  15. The defense couldn’t stop Derrick Henry and the offense was out of synch. When I saw LJs TD pass literally bounce off the numbers of Hayden Hurst they were done. Spin how you want coach, the team was flat.

  16. What about that game plan? When you stop being the team you were all season and suddenly have Lamar throwing over 50 passes you’re doomed to fail. I was at the game and it felt like the Ravens were trying to be something they were not. “Oh, you think we can’t pass? Well watch this!” I watched it and you got manhandled.

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