John Harbaugh thinks the Baltimore passing game is coming along nicely.
The Ravens coach is entering his 12th season with the team and voiced his satisfaction with the offense on Saturday.
“I’m real pleased with the passing game,” Harbaugh said following practice, via the Baltimore Sun. “The offense is always a little bit behind the defense. You can never predict where it’s going to go, but it’s been really good. … It’s been crisp and sharp.”
Baltimore’s defense only allowed 17.9 points per game in 2018, which was the second-lowest mark in the league. Its offense ranked ninth in points per game (24.3) last season and heavily depended on the rushing attack of quarterback Lamar Jackson down the stretch in the regular season. Jackson broke the NFL’s single-season record for quarterback runs, notching 147 in seven starts.
The Ravens went 10-6 and won the AFC North last season but are looking to add a more consistent aerial attack in 2019. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman says Jackson is making great progress against the team’s elite defense in practice.
“He’s right where we would hope he would be, and that’s in a good spot,” Roman said Friday. “It’s day to day. Today, we have to go back in and look and see what we can do better, see what we can learn from, come out tomorrow and take another step forward. That’s what he’s doing. Whether it’s walkthroughs, meetings, practice, you’re really seeing him take the reins of the offense. It’s exciting.”
Jackson completed 99 of his 170 passing attempts for 1,201 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions last season. But he’ll be expected to be more productive through the air moving forward and is excited about the capabilities of this year’s team.
“Each and every day we’re looking better and better in what we’re doing, whether it’s RPO, running the ball with our backs, or the pass game, it’s all looking incredible right now,” Jackson said on “The Rich Eisen Show” earlier this week.