Amid Lamar Jackson’s struggles passing, Ravens coach John Harbaugh defends aggressive rushing strategy
With the Baltimore Ravens’ season coming to an end on Saturday following a disappointing 17-3 loss against the Buffalo Bills in their Divisional Round matchup, the critics have unsurprisingly taken aim at coach John Harbaugh and his alleged inability to fully utilize the passing game of Lamar Jackson throughout the season.
In his end-of-season press conference, Harbaugh sternly defended his rushing strategy:
“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.”
Clearly, Harbaugh was not in the mood to receive criticism. Saturday’s loss may have still been fresh in his mind, which resulted in a rather feisty response from the 58-year-old shot-caller.
Be that as it may, the fact that the Ravens finished dead last in the NFL in passing last season is a statistic that cannot be overlooked. This becomes even more relevant once you consider how Baltimore has one of the best passing QBs in the game today in Jackson.
Whatever the case may be, Harbaugh appears to be confident that Jackson will continue to ply his trade with the Ravens for the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, a change in playing philosophy does not seem to be forthcoming for Harbaugh and the Ravens.