Why John Harbaugh Was Right To Keep Lamar Jackson In Against Chargers

Why John Harbaugh Was Right To Keep Lamar Jackson In Against Chargers

Why John Harbaugh Was Right To Keep Lamar Jackson In Against Chargers

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh made it clear Sunday after losing to the Los Angeles Chargers that Lamar Jackson is still their quarterback of the present and future.

As for the second half, the game seemed to offer more of the same.

The Chargers had penalties wipe out three third-down conversions in a 22-10 loss against the Ravens two weeks ago.

In their win over the Ravens the Chargers were dominating until a late fourth quarter surge by Baltimore. The Chargers are scoring 18.7 on average and the Patriots are averaging 24.0 points. "As a backup, really you're just ready to be called on". In addition to running on the first play of those drives, the Ravens ran on 2nd down on five of those drives, gaining nine yards on those plays and losing a fumble.

Anthony Lynn's defense is pretty good, too, allowing just 20.6 points per game (good for eighth) and 333.7 yards per contest (ninth).

The point of this exercise is that Rivers, while historically unspectacular in cold weather games, isn't a player to count out entirely. When Ravens coach John Harbaugh chose to stick with Jackson on the next drive, the boos began to rain down. Baltimore is projected to have almost $32 million in cap space (and will get a little more back if the team releases Flacco/other players), but pressing needs elsewhere (i.e., re-signing Mosley) could result in having to cut ties with another longtime veteran.

After going just 2 of 8 in the first half with an interception, Jackson ended up going 14 of 29 for 194 yards (thought only 139 net passing yards), two touchdowns and one pick.

"It's a Bill Belichick led team and defence that we know". However, the Ravens did mount a strong comeback making up much ground. Jackson's comments after the game in that respect were encouraging.

"Heck, yeah, it is special", Rivers said after beating the Ravens, as quoted on Boston.com. I still have a desire to play and I feel that I can still affect the game and dominate games.

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