Ravens coach calls on Jackson to ‘tighten up’ game
Coming off of a four-turnover game, quarterback Lamar Jackson said he needs to be better. In his own blunt assessment, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh strongly agreed.
“He still has a lot to learn, but the great thing about Lamar is he recognizes that,” Harbaugh said Friday. “He understands that people are making him the focus. He has got to find a way to tighten up his game and beat those things with precision and accuracy and his mind. They’re doing everything they can with a lot of smart and talented people to stop Lamar Jackson the week that they play him.”
The Ravens rank 22nd in total offense and Jackson’s individual numbers are even worse when stacked against his peers. He’s 30th in completion percentage at 60.5 percent and 27th in passing yards (1,343).
The 2019 NFL MVP is still winning over teammates and his coaches at every turn, Harbaugh said.
“His character is shining through,” Harbaugh said. “He’s 23. He’s a 23-year-old who has seen a lot and done a lot. We all learn, hopefully till you’re not here. He still has a lot to learn, but the great thing about Lamar is he recognizes that.”
Baltimore is fighting depth concerns along the offensive line with left tackle Ronnie Stanley out for the season and right guard Tyre Phillips landing on injured reserve this week with an ankle injury.
This week at Indianapolis, additional challenges exist with Baltimore’s typically reliable defense. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey tested positive for COVID-19 and six more defensive players were forced to the reserve/COVID list as high-risk close contacts: linebackers Patrick Queen, L.J. Fort, Malik Harrison and Tyus Bowser, safety DeShon Elliott and cornerback Terrell Bonds.
Harbaugh said he “hasn’t heard anything about symptoms” for any of the six players ID’d as close contacts. The Ravens are optimistic they’ll all play Sunday against the Colts.
“I do think the metaphor here with the NFL is kind of a good one in the sense that you do everything you can to keep each other safe from this virus,” Harbaugh said. “And yet, you still continue to take on the challenges of life and try to be excellent in the things that you do.”
–Field Level Media