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OWINGS MILLS White Willie Snead Jersey , Md. (AP) —Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh is excited about a “new era” for a team already well on its way to sporting a different look in 2019.The metamorphosis of the Ravens began with the ascension of rookie Lamar Jackson to starting quarterback in November. In the 2½ weeks since Baltimore was eliminated from the playoffs with a 23-17 loss to the Chargers, Eric DeCosta took over as general manager, Greg Roman was promoted to offensive coordinator and Harbaugh signed a deal through 2022.After Joe Flacco served as the starting quarterback for the better part of 11 seasons, Harbaugh will team with Roman and DeCosta to put together a run-oriented offense headed by the fleet-footed, slippery Jackson.“It is a new era of football,” Harbaugh said Friday. “We’ll be a different team than we were last year. We’ll be a different team than we ever were before because of a lot of changes. There are a lot of new pieces in place, and I’m excited about it.”Roman replaced Marty Mornhinweg because of his proficiency with the running game and his experience working with quarterbacks who were a threat to run, most notably Colin Kaepernick with San Francisco in 2012 and Tyrod Taylor with Buffalo in 2015.“This was just me looking at our situation and feeling that was the direction we needed to go,” Harbaugh said. “The way our offense was going to be built from the ground up, we needed to start with the running game and build into the play-action pass and then the drop-back pass from there. Kind of built around our quarterback and what he’s going to bring to the table going forward.”The Ravens closed the regular season with a 6-1 surge under Jackson, who took over for the injured Flacco on Nov. 18. The switch turned Baltimore into a team that relied on ball control and the ability of Jackson to use his legs more than his arm White Brandon Carr Jersey , and the result was an AFC North title that ended the Ravens’ three-year hiatus from the playoffs.Harbaugh understands completely that Jackson — who ran 147 times for 695 yards and five touchdowns — is at risk every time he tucks the ball and heads downfield. But in the coach’s mind, the reward outweighs the potential for injury.“You can’t live your life in fear. I think there’s just as much fear on the other side that he’s going to take that thing to the house when he gets out and runs,” Harbaugh insisted. “So we’ll live in that world. Lamar is just a heck of a player. He’s a threat every time he touches the ball, run and pass.”With Flacco headed elsewhere as a free agent, Harbaugh said, “We still have to sign a No. 2 quarterback, potentially a No. 3 quarterback. I would probably lean toward the backup being similar to Lamar. Obviously, RG3 (2018 backup Robert Griffin III) is a great option there. Some have written about Tyrod. There are others out there like that.”That task will fall on DeCosta, the longtime assistant to Ozzie Newsome. DeCosta spurned several offers from other teams while hoping the Ravens’ job would be his and owner Steve Bisciotti finally made it happen.Because DeCosta had been around for so long, Harbaugh said the transition has been “seamless.”“Eric’s energy, his passion, his ideas Brandon Carr Jersey 2019 , it’s exciting,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a new start, but yet we’ve been together side by side for 11 years. So we’ve got all that behind us and we’re standing on that.”Regarding personnel, Harbaugh is hoping Pro Bowlers Eric Weddle and Marshal Yanda will return in 2019.“They’re both under contract. Unless something changes along the way, they will be back. No decisions have been made,” the coach said. “I want them both back, for sure. We’ll do everything we can to make that happen.”Also, Harbaugh said several players have undergone surgery this month and should be ready before training camp, including offensive lineman Alex Lewis (shoulder), safety Tony Jefferson (ankle), cornerback Tavon Young (sports hernia) and linebacker Za’Darius Smith (sports hernia). OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP)The surging Baltimore Ravens will play the final quarter of the regular season without cornerback Jimmy Smith Daylon Mack Baltimore Ravens Jersey , who will be on injured reserve while serving a suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. Smith tore his left Achilles tendon in Sunday’s 44-20 victory over Detroit. Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed Monday that Smith will go on IR, and said the team knew of the pending suspension before Sunday’s game. NFL rules allow a player to serve a suspension on injured reserve. Smith will not be paid during the suspension. Smith is the third Ravens player this season to be suspended for using PEDs, along with running back Kenneth Dixon and tight end Darren Waller. ”The guys are very vigilant for the most part on that, and sometimes they make mistakes,” Harbaugh said. ”It’s a broad array of different things that guys can get involved with, different supplements and things like that. To me, it’s the players’ responsibility. If they want to play, they’re going be very vigilant about it and do a good job it.” Rookie Marlon Humphrey replaced Smith on Sunday and is expected to take over the starting role. Smith’s injury tainted an otherwise impressive afternoon for the Ravens (7-5), who played their most complete game of the year. The defense forced three turnovers, the offense padded the lead in the second half and contributed field goals from 38, 46 and 51 yards. Three weeks ago, Baltimore was a sub-.500 team after losing three of four. Now Cheap Daylon Mack Jersey , the Ravens are riding a three-game win streak – their longest of the season – and holding down the final seed in the AFC playoff picture. ”We’ve played better. We’ve found a way to win,” Harbaugh said. The Ravens have been building for this month, when every game seems just a little bit more important. ”That’s something we talk about a lot around here. It’s the way we organize the whole program, to play our best in December and January,” Harbaugh said. ”I think our guys take that very seriously, and that’s the goal.” Before Sunday, the Ravens’ standard formula was to rely heavily on the NFL’s most opportunistic defense and make sure the offense simply held onto the football. Against the Lions, quarterback Joe Flacco tossed two touchdown passes and kept the Lions at bay after Baltimore let a 20-0 halftime lead shrink to seven points. ”We knew we could do it. It’s just the fact of getting there and doing it,” Harbaugh said. ”The good news is, we did it when we had to do, which was in this game. The Lions were making a run. Our offense needed to step up and they did, and I’m really proud of them for that.” Next up for the Ravens: A Sunday night matchup against rival Pittsburgh White Joe Flacco Jersey , which took a six-game winning streak into Monday night’s game at Cincinnati. ”It hasn’t been ideal to this point,” Flacco said, ”but we have set ourselves up to the point where we are playing meaningful December football, and that’s one of the goals at the end of the day.” The Ravens have generated a good deal of momentum over the last three weeks, but they’ve got a long way to go to end their two-year postseason drought. ”We haven’t done anything yet. We’re just still in the mix,” safety Eric Weddle said. ”We’re still trying to find our way.” —

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