OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Following signing a four-year contract, Baltimore Ravens mentor John Harbaugh is psyched about a “new era” for a staff already properly on its way to sporting a diverse appear in 2019.
The metamorphosis of the Ravens began with the ascension of rookie Lamar Jackson to setting up quarterback in November. In the 2½ weeks considering that Baltimore was removed from the playoffs with a 23-17 reduction to the Chargers, Eric DeCosta took above as general supervisor, Greg Roman was promoted to offensive coordinator and Harbaugh signed a deal by means of 2022.
Immediately after Joe Flacco served as the starting up quarterback for the greater element of 11 seasons, Harbaugh will crew with Roman and DeCosta to put alongside one another a operate-oriented offense headed by the fleet-footed, slippery Jackson.
“It is a new era of soccer,” Harbaugh said Friday. “We’ll be a different group than we were final yr. We’ll be a diverse crew than we at any time have been before due to the fact of a whole lot of improvements. There are a good deal of new parts in location, and I’m energized about it.”
Roman changed Marty Mornhinweg due to the fact of his proficiency with the managing game and his knowledge operating with quarterbacks who were being a menace to run, most notably Colin Kaepernick with San Francisco in 2012 and Tyrod Taylor with Buffalo in 2015.
“This was just me seeking at our circumstance and sensation that was the way we wanted to go,” Harbaugh explained. “The way our offense was going to be designed from the ground up, we required to start off with the running recreation and develop into the enjoy-motion go and then the drop-back move from there. Variety of developed all-around our quarterback and what he’s going to provide to the table heading forward.”
The Ravens closed the standard period with a 6-1 surge below Jackson, who took over for the wounded Flacco on Nov. eighteen. The swap turned Baltimore into a staff that relied on ball management and the capacity of Jackson to use his legs extra than his arm, and the result was an AFC North title that finished the Ravens’ three-yr hiatus from the playoffs.
Harbaugh understands wholly that Jackson — who ran 147 occasions for 695 yards and 5 touchdowns — is at possibility just about every time he tucks the ball and heads downfield. But in the coach’s intellect, the reward outweighs the potential for damage.
“You can not dwell your daily life in panic. I believe there is just as substantially concern on the other facet that he’s likely to consider that factor to the household when he receives out and runs,” Harbaugh insisted. “So we’ll dwell in that earth. Lamar is just a heck of a player. He’s a threat just about every time he touches the ball, run and move.”
With Flacco headed in other places as a cost-free agent, Harbaugh reported, “We continue to have to signal a No. two quarterback, likely a No. 3 quarterback. I would in all probability lean toward the backup staying identical to Lamar. Definitely, RG3 (2018 backup Robert Griffin III) is a great alternative there. Some have penned about Tyrod. There are many others out there like that.”
That task will drop on DeCosta, the longtime assistant to Ozzie Newsome. DeCosta spurned several gives from other groups although hoping the Ravens’ career would be his and proprietor Steve Bisciotti finally produced it happen.
Due to the fact DeCosta had been all-around for so extensive, Harbaugh explained the transition has been “seamless.”
“Eric’s power, his passion, his thoughts, it’s remarkable,” Harbaugh explained. “It’s a new get started, but nonetheless we’ve been together facet by aspect for 11 a long time. So we have obtained all that at the rear of us and we’re standing on that.”
“They’re both equally less than deal. Unless a little something modifications together the way, they will be again. No decisions have been built,” the coach stated. “I want them both again, for confident. We’ll do every little thing we can to make that materialize.”
Also, Harbaugh stated several gamers have been through operation this month and need to be completely ready in advance of training camp, together with offensive lineman Alex Lewis (shoulder), basic safety Tony Jefferson (ankle), cornerback Tavon Young (sporting activities hernia) and linebacker Za’Darius Smith (sports activities hernia).
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