Ravens: Lamar Jackson and John Harbaugh ‘under pressure’ in 2021

Ravens, Lamar Jackson, John Harbaugh Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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The Baltimore Ravens have one of the best quarterbacks and head coaches in the NFL. The duo of Lamar Jackson and John Harbaugh has had a lot of success over the past three seasons.

However, that may not be enough to keep them from facing certain criticism.

According to NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks, Jackson and Harbaugh are ranked as the No. 2 quarterback/coach duo under the most pressure this season.

The opinion of Brooks comes from a lack of success that Jackson and Harbaugh have in the postseason together. The Ravens are just 1-3 in the playoffs with them running the show. The team has not made it past the Divisional Round in either of those contests.

Brooks says that Jackson, as a traditional pocket-passer, has been questioned by many. He also believes the Ravens need to “diversify” the offense in order for the team to have a better chance at advancing further in the playoffs.

"“Jackson has posted a 30-7 career regular-season record and claimed an MVP award in 2019 while dazzling as an electric dual-threat playmaker. But questions persist about his pocket-passing ability after observers watched the Ravens’ run-heavy offense fizzle in three straight early playoff exits.With Jackson and Co. underperforming in the postseason, the pressure is mounting on Harbaugh to diversify the offense to give the Ravens a better chance of advancing in the tournament.Will the Super Bowl-winning head coach stick to the unorthodox script that has made the Ravens perennial title contenders in the Jackson era? Or will he scrap the plan in favor of a traditional approach that could produce better results in the postseason? The outcome of the decision could make or break the Ravens’ next few seasons.”"

While his opinion seems to be “somewhat” validated, I disagree with the notion that they are in the top three under the most pressure.

The Ravens have had plenty of success since Jackson has taken the reigns under Harbaugh. Despite the lack of a passing attack, the team worked this offseason to fix it by adding playmakers in the draft and free agency.

They also have the most dominant rushing offense in the league. That certainly never hurts.

There are plenty of teams around the NFL that wish they could have Lamar Jackson and John Harbaugh on their roster. The two have won a lot of games together and brought back winning football to the organization.

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Don’t expect this duo to be on the hot seat any time soon.