Ravens focusing on improving pass protection for Lamar Jackson

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The Ravens want to do a better job protecting quarterback Lamar Jackson in 2021.

Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta said doing a better job upfront of keeping Jackson upright is a key priority for this year.

“One of the things we have to do is get better up front with pass protection,” DeCosta said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “The offensive line, in general, really battled versus some adversity this year. But pass protection is going to be a factor.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh echoed that.

“Our offensive line is, to me, a primary piece to what we try to do, and we need to build the very best offensive line that we can,” Harbaugh said. “To me, it’s a major priority. It’s a major emphasis, [and] it will be a major focal point, always, in how we coach, teach, and how we build the personnel.”

With Ravens starting right tackle Orlando Brown Jr. suggesting that he wants to be traded to a team that will play him at left tackle, Baltimore is already facing one question on the offensive line. But bigger changes may be in store for a team that wants to be sure Jackson is getting the best pass protection in the league.

14 responses to “Ravens focusing on improving pass protection for Lamar Jackson

  1. It is still unbelievable to me that the Ravens have escaped any form of punishment from the Thanksgiving game fiasco they caused by willfully and flagrantly violating the NFL rules.
    They starting point for their penalty should be $1M and a first round pick never mind docking their salary cap whatever revenue was lost from having to postpone THE primetime Thanksgiving night game to the middle of the afternoon on a weekday.
    Let them address the O-Line and pass protection once the league has addressed their cheating.

  2. “If they can do that to KC, they can do it to us” must be what they were thinking as they watched the Super Bowl.

    And they’re right. A strong, really strong OL is the key to their entire offensive concept having any chance to work. Jackson won’t get any faster with time, so this has to be priority 1.

  3. They’d be better off finding a real quarterback who doesn’t need an all-star O line to play halfway decent.

  4. The pass protection is probably better than what they think. I forgot if it was Romo or someone else, but they said the passing play calls where elementary at best. Seems like that’s the issue

  5. Pass protection? Why? He only spends about a second in the pocket before taking off. They’d be better off getting guys who are great run blockers since their RB is a terrible passer.

  6. I’ve said it over and over again, what Jackson is doing is unsustainable. In this age of ultra protection of QBs even when running pass the line of scrimmage and can no longer pass the ball, running QBs will have a short career. Even Russell Wilson, who is a pretty good pocket passer and is the best at avoiding the big hit wore down at the end of the season. QBs who don’t have good pocket skills and have to run, are going to take more hits and harder hits. Jackson needs to lock himself in a video room and only come out to eat, sleep and practice.

  7. The problem isn’t the line, it’s the limitations of the QB. They’ve already simplified the offense to barely more than high school concepts. Yet Jackson, after one read is ready to run. He is uncomfortable in the pocket with any kind of pressure. Plus, he doesn’t read defenses well. Any defense capable of taking away his first read and containing him in the pocket shuts down the Ravens offense. That’s a recipe for failure in the playoffs. No additions to the offensive line or WR group are going to fix the problems.

  8. Another day, same general approach: blame everything else but the RB at QB and the gimmick offense you built around him that is failing just like the Wildcat. It succeeded in the regular season two years ago, then began its predictable flame-out this year. It might still work against average to weak teams, but believe me, the book on Lamar is out. It’s not the O line. It’s not the lack of WRs and TEs. It’s not the playcalling.
    Instead, you have a one-dimensional QB who is a running back and can’t read defenses, make the right reads on passing plays, or throw the ball with any accuracy aside from 6-8 yard slants to wide open receivers.
    Gee, I wonder why this offense isn’t a juggernaut!

  9. As a Ravens fan – I think the o-line is pretty good! Its not the o-lines fault the WRs cant get open & the coaches cant scheme them open.

    The ravens havent run a WR slant like 5 times in 10 years. Once it went for a 80 yard TD to Torrey Smith & have run like 20 rb screens since Ray Rice was forced into retirement.

  10. The biggest need on o-line for the Ravens is Center. And of course retaining Orlando Brown or getting significant value in a trade.
    The Chiefs demonstrated what happens to a QB when the line can’t protect or snap the ball. Maholmes looked completely helpless in the SB.

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