Harbaugh defends Jackson’s playoff failure

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh defended Lamar Jackson’s playoff failure on Friday, highlighting the progress the quarterback has made in two NFL seasons.

“He is 23 years previous. He is youthful than Joe Burrow, OK?” Harbaugh stated at his end-of-season information convention. “So he is obtained a reasonably good head begin proper now. I imply, he is alongside the best way. The Manning brothers mixed to … they’d 5 losses of their first 5 playoff video games earlier than they gained one. [Joe] Montana, [Steve] Younger and [Brett] Favre did not begin a playoff sport till their third season. [Drew] Brees and [Troy] Aikman till their fourth season, and [Aaron] Rodgers till his fifth season. Fascinating.”

Lamar Jackson was 31-for-59 for 365 yards with one landing and two interceptions in opposition to the Titans. He additionally rushed for 143 yards with a fumble loss. Maddie Meyer/Getty Photographs

Jackson is the front-runner for NFL most respected participant after turning into the primary participant to throw for Three,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the identical season. However he wasn’t the identical dominating drive in Saturday’s 28-12 divisional playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans, throwing two interceptions and fumbling as soon as.

In two seasons, Jackson is 19-Three within the common season and Zero-2 within the postseason.

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Requested if Jackson tends to be too self-critical, Harbaugh stated, “I feel he understands what it’s to take duty. And he additionally has an important sense of urgency to achieve success and what it takes to achieve success. So no, Lamar does not lack for confidence. He is not doubting himself, if that is the implication that these individuals are making.”

Jackson met with Harbaugh in his workplace “for an excellent whereas” on Wednesday. Harbaugh requested Jackson the place he wants to enhance.

“With out stepping into what they’re particularly, he nailed it, the precedence checklist, in the very same order that [offensive coordinator Greg Roman] and I nailed the precedence checklist after we have been speaking on Monday,” Harbaugh stated.

In the beginning of the season, the largest query surrounding the Ravens was whether or not Jackson may turn into a professional NFL passer. He led the NFL with 36 landing passes and completed third in passer score (113.Three).

Final yr, Harbaugh acknowledged that some receivers may not be excited to play in Baltimore’s offense. Does he anticipate that not being a difficulty now?

“Sure I do,” Harbaugh stated. “When you keep in mind final yr, I stated it in a approach like, ‘They’ll discover out.’ Sure, I completely consider gamers are going to be very excited to be right here and a part of this offense.”