OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Lamar Jackson defended manager John Harbaugh’s decision not to retire earlier in the Baltimore Ravens’ opening 38-6 win of the season over the Cleveland Browns.
With the Ravens up 32 points with 10 minutes left, Jackson remained in the game and retired to pass three times, being sacked once. Harbaugh removed Jackson a series later with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
“We haven’t had any preseason games,” Jackson said Wednesday. “It was the first time I had been confronted since January, so I felt we needed it. The coach knows what he is doing. He is what he is. You can get hurt at any time. I’m fine. I got out of the game 100 percent. So. all right. “
Last season, the Ravens got so many great leads that Jackson missed the entire fourth quarter in two games and only played half of the fourth quarter in two other cases.
On Monday, Harbaugh did not guess his choice to leave Jackson until the end of the fourth quarter.
“We’re not going to just react to every criticism,” Harbaugh said. “We could take him out of the game at half-time too. That could keep him even safer. But we won’t.”