John Harbaugh not apologizing for Ravens’ run-first offense

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Ravens receivers Willie Snead and Marquise Brown have suggested they will spend this offseason with Lamar Jackson trying to find some balance to their offense.

The Ravens led the NFL in rushing yards, while ranking last in passing yards. The 2006 Falcons with Michael Vick were the last team to have that kind of unbalance.

Coach John Harbaugh, though, defiantly said Wednesday he is “not apologizing” for the team’s style of offense.

“The reason why I’m strong on this is because it goes back to the same criticism we’ve heard the last three years about not being the type of an offense or the type of a quarterback that some people want to see,” Harbaugh said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “They’re just going to have to live with it, because Lamar Jackson has won a lot of football games here and our offense has won us a lot of football games here and we’re not apologizing for that for one second.”

Harbaugh explained away the lack of passing yards — 2,739 for the season — and lack of attempts — an NFL-low 406 — as a function of building “the best run offense in the history of football the last two years.”

The Ravens finished seventh in scoring this season, averaging 29.3 points per game.

“We’re going to improve it, no question about it,” Harbaugh said. “We’re going to go to work to be more precise, more efficient and better at what we do. We’ll leave the criticism to the critics. When they’re ready to coordinate their offense and put their product on the field, I’ll be looking forward to competing against it.”

Harbaugh has no question the Ravens will get Jackson signed to a long-term extension, too. Jackson just finished his third season, which makes him eligible for a new deal.

10 responses to “John Harbaugh not apologizing for Ravens’ run-first offense

  1. How about apologize for a high school offense. It’s too late if you think Lamar Jackson can win from the pocket-it’s way too late!!

  2. Sure he’s not….that would be admitting a mistake. And I don’t think he ever goes far in the playoffs with this O.

  3. The offense works for them…until they get to the playoffs. The teams that win the Super Bowl are the teams that can pass.

  4. Throwing passes in the off-season to your receivers sans a real game and defensive scheming while good, is of very limited value.

  5. The bigger mistake would be locking him up to a long term contract. He will not hold up in long term in this offense and once he can’t run his career will be over.

  6. Well, when you’ve got a 6’2” RB “playing” QB, you kinda have to run it all the time.

  7. Hate on Lamar all you want. He is a great athlete and an awesome competitor. He will only get better. He is 24 years old. I agree with giving him another year or 2 (5th year option) to see if there is an improvement in the passing game. Gotta open up the playbook a little more and run more complex route combinations.
    You gotta give the Bills credit, but the way the offense played was ridiculous. They could have run the ball more as they did have success doing that on the first drive. The Bills rank 20 in stopping the run. However, The Bills defended Lamrar’s designed runs very well. But, it looked like the Ravens did not make the necessary adjustments, which cost them the game. Lamar unfortunately exited the game with a concussion and missed almost the whole 4th quarter. Is it possible the Ravens could have scored and changed the flow of the game. It is definitely possible. I think this loss is on the coaching staff. No doubt! F for Harbaugh and FF for Greg Roman.

  8. What in the world are you Ravens fans seeing that the rest of us aren’t? You blame everyone else but the guy actually with the ball who ultimately dictates what happens on every play. You blame WRs, TEs, O coordinator, play calling, and now Harbaugh. What about the dude that’s now 1-3 in the playoffs with an abysmal rating and more interceptions than TDs? He’s now been the QB for 4 years! He’s not a rookie. He’s a running back who occassionally throws and easily defeated in the playoffs. The truth may hurt but it is as clear as day.

  9. SteveYoungThrowAndRun says:
    January 21, 2021 at 3:09 pm
    What in the world are you Ravens fans seeing that the rest of us aren’t? You blame everyone else but the guy actually with the ball who ultimately dictates what happens on every play. You blame WRs, TEs, O coordinator, play calling, and now Harbaugh. What about the dude that’s now 1-3 in the playoffs with an abysmal rating and more interceptions than TDs? He’s now been the QB for 4 years! He’s not a rookie. He’s a running back who occassionally throws and easily defeated in the playoffs. The truth may hurt but it is as clear as day.
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    You must not see every Ravens game. Lamar is phenomenal in pretty much every game. He is clearly the Best athlete on the field. His struggles in the playoffs are well documented. He tries too hard and basically does things that are uncharacteristic and end up costing the Ravens the game. However, the coaching staff is not helping him much. The Ravens had the Best running game in the NFL and it’s not even close. The Bills defended it well, but Greg Roma could have called more run plays with Dobbins/Gus and use Lamar as a decoy. He could have called screens and draws to counter the aggressive Bills defenders blitzing the run. He could have called rubs, slants and more unpredictable route combinations. He did not do that. True, Lamar bears some responsibility, but the coaching staff needs to help him and get him in rhythm. And by the way, this was his 3rd year. So, he still has time to progress and develop.

  10. “Best running gm in the NFL & worst passing gm in the NFL”. I think that may have won a championship when leather helmets were still the norm. Good luck running to a SB title. LMAO.

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