Baltimore Ravens star Lamar Jackson says he shares something in common with head coach John Harbaugh
It seemed like only yesterday when Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was on the verge of being let go from his position following a brutal first half of the 2018 season. But he received a blessing in disguise, as a hip injury to Joe Flacco allowed young quarterback Lamar Jackson to take over under center.
The future if bright for both quarterback and head coach, but what do the two share in common? During an interview with The Athletic, Jackson revealed that, like himself, Harbaugh hates losing and doesn’t like to take guff from anybody.
Lamar Jackson and John Harbaugh have a bright future together
Jackson and Harbaugh are coming off a dominant 2019 season, where they clinched the top seed in the AFC with a 14-2 record. Yet, the first-round bye did them no favors, as the Ravens were stomped out of the postseason by the sixth-seeded Tennessee Titans.
Being the subject of criticism isn’t new for Jackson. Upon entering the pre-draft process in 2018, Jackson was perhaps the most criticized prospect in the class. Jackson won the Heisman Trophy following his dominant 2016 season with the Louisville Cardinals, and that didn’t stop certain NFL scouts from asking him to switch to either wide receiver or running back.
Sensing that Flacco’s time with the Ravens was reaching its end, the Ravens traded back into the first round to select Jackson with the 32nd-overall pick.
In his first full season as the Ravens starting quarterback, Jackson threw for 3,127 yards, 36 touchdowns and six interceptions, while accumulating 1,206 rushing yards and seven scores on 176 carries. Those numbers helped Jackson clinch the NFL MVP award with relative ease. As for Harbaugh, he was named Coach of the Year by the Associated Press.
Make no mistake about it, Jackson and Harbaugh are stewing over their early exit from the playoffs. Now, they’re determined to make Super Bowl LV next February.