Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has made it clear that he will not be apologizing for the Ravens' run-heavy type of offense as he hopes to starting quarterback Lamar Jackson will agree on an extension with the team.
The Ravens, who finished the regular season with five consecutive wins, beat the Tennessee Titans in the wild-card, before they lost to the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round this past weekend. The conditions were absolutely tough in Buffalo as the wind was creating many problems for each team but finishing the game with only three points was unnaceptable for the Ravens.
The Ravens stuck to their plan of rushing the ball heavily but it did not give results this time as the Bills claimed a 17-3 win to progress into the AFC Championship Game. "The reason why I'm strong on this is because it goes back to the same criticism we've heard the last three years about not being the type of an offense or the type of a quarterback that some people want to see," Harbaugh said during his 45-minute, end-of-season news conference.
"They're just going to have to live with it because Lamar Jackson has won a lot of football games here and our offense has won us a lot of football games here and we're not apologizing for that for one second."
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"We're going to improve it, no question about it," Harbaugh said. "We're going to go to work to be more precise, more efficient and better at what we do.
We'll leave the criticism to the critics. When they're ready to coordinate their offense and put their product on the field, I'll be looking forward to competing against it." While the Ravens were 10-3 down and in the red zone, Jackson threw a pick-six and a Bills player returned it 101 yards to the Ravens' end zone.
In the final drive of the third quarter, Jackson suffered a big hit and did not return to the game. "Of course, absolutely, we want Lamar to sign a long-term deal and be with us," Harbaugh said. "I'm terribly certain that's going to happen.
When it happens, that's the details. That's what we got to figure out." The top receivers in this year's free agency will include Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Chris Godwin, Chicago Bears' Allen Robinson and Detroit Lions' Kenny Golladay.
"If we could bring in an Anquan Boldin in here, let's do it," Harbaugh said. "Can we afford it? That's the details we have to figure out. I think a big, physical receiver would be awesome for us."