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Ravens' John Harbaugh reacts to 49ers' Tim Ryan's Lamar Jackson remarks


Ravens' John Harbaugh reacts to 49ers' Tim Ryan's Lamar Jackson remarks

49ers broadcaster Tim Ryan was suspended for one game after comments made about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson following Sunday’s loss.

“He’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin color with the dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see the thing,” Ryan said on the show (H/T The San Francisco Chronicle).

The comments created a social media firestorm, but Ravens head coach John Harbaugh isn’t interested in furthering the controversy.

“I don’t really know too much about it or understand the context of it. It’s not relevant to what we’re trying to accomplish right now,” Harbaugh said, via Jamison Hensley of

[RELATED: 49ers' Harris to start at strong safety for injured Tartt]

Former 49ers defensive end Dennis Brown will replace Ryan on Sunday’s broadcast in New Orleans.

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Ravens building on offense Greg Roman made for 49ers, Colin Kaepernick

Ravens building on offense Greg Roman made for 49ers, Colin Kaepernick

In 2012, Jim Harbaugh handed the 49ers’ starting quarterback job to Colin Kaepernick and turned to offensive coordinator Greg Roman to re-design the offense.

The Baltimore Ravens of 2019 are taking it to a different level with Lamar Jackson running Roman’s offense.

After two seasons on John Harbaugh’s staff as tight ends coach, Roman was promoted to offensive coordinator this season. There are a lot of similarities between the offense John Harbaugh faced against the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVI and what his team is doing now.

“Obviously, Greg Roman is here,” John Harbaugh said Wednesday on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “He was a huge part of that there with my brother.

“I always admired what they did, the physicality of it and the creativity of it were something I always felt good about, probably because Jim and I were both raised that way, you know. All the way back, I think that’s dad’s approach to the game. It always was. We probably see it through the same lens.”

Roman served as Jim Harbaugh’s offensive coordinator for all four of his seasons with the 49ers from 2011 to 2014 – and before that when they were together at Stanford University.

Roman unleashed the true read-option attack on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Round at Candlestick Park on Jan. 12, 2013.

Colin Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards -- an NFL record for a quarterback -- with two touchdowns in 16 attempts (including two end-of-game kneel-downs for minus-2 yards). Kaepernick also threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns.

Three weeks later in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Kaepernick rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown and threw for 302 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers’ 34-31 loss to Harbaugh’s Ravens.

The Ravens (9-2) are riding the hottest quarterback in the game into a seven-game winning streak ahead of Sunday's game against the 10-1 49ers.

Baltimore ranks No. 1 in points per game (35.1) and rushing yards (210.5) per game. They are No. 2 in total yards per game (433.3).

The Ravens are 15-3 with Jackson as its starter. He is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 2,000 yards and rush for 800 through the first 11 games of a season. With 876 rushing yards, he is on pace to break Michael Vick’s single-season quarterback rushing record of 1,039 yards.

Jackson is responsible for an NFL-best 30 total touchdowns this season (24 passing and six rushing). And in his last four games, Jackson has thrown 13 touchdowns with no interceptions while completing 76.2 percent of his pass attempts. He has produced two perfect passer ratings of 158.3 this season.

[RELATED: Bosa, 49ers focused on fixing zone-read issues vs. Lamar]

Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner at Louisville, was the No. 32 overall pick in the 2018 draft. He replaced Joe Flacco at quarterback last season.

“I think he’s improved all across the board,” John Harbaugh said. “That’s the thing about playing quarterback. It’s never one thing. There’s just too much involved for it to be just one thing. You can have a cannon for an arm, and it doesn’t make you a quarterback. It’s kind of like the guy who wins the drive contest, it doesn’t make him the Masters champion.

“I feel like Lamar has worked all along in every area equally and improved across the board.”

Harbaugh, Kerr salute Melvin's 1,000th victory after A's walk-off

Harbaugh, Kerr salute Melvin's 1,000th victory after A's walk-off

OAKLAND — Former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh offered his congratulations. Warriors coach Steve Kerr chimed in too.

It was fitting that on the night that A’s skipper Bob Melvin rang up win No. 1,000 of his managerial career, some of the Bay Area’s best known sports figures helped him celebrate.

Melvin, a Palo Alto native who attended Cal and played for the Giants, is a huge student of Bay Area sports history. And after Rajai Davis delivered a dramatic walk-off homer to lift Oakland to a 5-4 victory over the Twins on Saturday night, Melvin’s thoughts drifted to one of the Bay Area’s most legendary and beloved sports personalities.

Former A’s play-by-play man Bill King, who passed away in 2005, was inducted into the broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday. Davis’ ninth-inning blast was a “Holy Toledo!”-worthy moment if ever there was one.

“Bill King day, there are a lot of things today that kind of make you reflect a little bit,” Melvin said after the win. “He was such a big part of my youth. Him going into the Hall of Fame today. Unfortunately he’s not here to enjoy it and see it … (But) it ended up being a nice day. If you get a win out of it that gets you a round number, it makes it a little better.”

While driving to the Coliseum earlier in the day, Melvin said he was listening to a clip of King calling the Warriors’ 1975 Western Conference Finals series against the Chicago Bulls, and that he got goose bumps. Then his team snapped a five-game losing streak with its eighth walk-off win of 2017.

After the game, the A’s tweeted out some pre-taped congratulatory messages. One was from Harbaugh, the Michigan football coach who played in the same American Legion program as Melvin as a youth. Wearing a Michigan polo and a green and gold A’s batting helmet, Harbaugh offered:

“Congratulations to the entire Athletics organization on getting Bob Melvin his 1,000th career win. Great coach, great win. Good luck the rest of the way.”

Then, Harbaugh pumped his fist cheerleader-style and finished his message with “Bo-Mel!”

Kerr, who’s enjoyed his share of celebrations over the past three years as Warriors coach, also taped a message.

“Hey Bob, congratulations on win No. 1,000 in your managerial career. Pretty amazing accomplishment. Keep it rolling, keep having fun and good luck the rest of the season.”

Davis, whose only previous walk-off homer came against the A’s in 2014 while with Toronto, was aware that Melvin had been stuck on 999 wins since Sunday.

“Hopefully they can find (the home run ball) for him,” Davis said. “Frame it for him real nice, so he can set it up on his wall or something.”

As it turns out, as soon as Davis’ blast cleared the fence in the ninth, Erik Farrell — the A’s manager of authentication — hightailed it toward the outfield to locate the ball. He retrieved it beyond the wall in left center, ensuring that Melvin will indeed have the meaningful keepsake.