John Harbo defends leaving Lamar Jackson in the fourth quarter


Getty Images

Adrian Claiborne sacked Lamar Jackson on Sunday with less than nine minutes remaining. The Browns defensive lineman wrapped the left leg of the Ravenous quarterback and awkwardly pulled him down.

Why, many wondered on social media, was Jackson still in the game with 32 runs?

This was a question posed to coach John Harbo on Monday, and he did not appreciate second guessing.

“We’re not going to react to every criticism,” Harbag said through ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “We could have taken him out of the game at halftime. He could also keep him safe. But we are not going to do that.”

The Ravens pulled Jackson in their next possession, with 4:05 remaining, as Robert Griffin III moped. In 2019, Jackson won the entire fourth quarter of two games and played half of the fourth quarter in two other games.

“A lot of things can happen. I have seen the team come back in the fourth quarter, ”said Harbag. “This is the first game of the season. We are also trying to work on things. This is just a criticism that you guys can keep asking about me and I will keep telling you the same. I think if you study football and look at other teams, you will see that people don’t do that and there is a reason for that. This is not because we want to see someone get hurt. Take a look at Seattle with Russell Wilson. I would encourage you to do your homework on it. ”

All’s well that ends well.

Eleven times in previous seasons, which did not include Rance, a team scored 30 or more points. Two of the quarterback starters stood on the sideline for the entire fourth quarter, and none of the other nine were left in a game of 6 1/2 minutes or less, per Hensley.

“Ten minutes left?” Nah, I don’t think so, ”said Harbag before taking Jackson in possession. “This is the National Football League. You look around the league and you won’t see that many people have 10 minutes left in the game in the National Football League. This is historically true. ”