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Marshal Yanda still uncertain about surgery and playing in the Pro Bowl

Marshal Yanda still uncertain about surgery and playing in the Pro Bowl

Ravens guard Marshal Yanda will decide soon if he will play in the Pro Bowl, and if he will need surgery on his injured shoulder. Either way, Yanda expects to move back to right guard next season, after ending the 2016 season at left guard to better cope with his shoulder injury.

“Yes, I’ll be back at right guard,” Yanda said as he cleaned out his locker.

As for surgery and the Pro Bowl, Yanda said, “We don’t know yet. We’re figuring that out. We’ll figure that out this week.”

Yanda remains one of the Ravens’ core players as a six-time Pro Bowler, and the team added two talented rookie starters in left tackle Ronnie Stanley and left guard Alex Lewis. However, more changes to the line may be coming. Right tackle Rick Wagner is a free agent, and center Jeremy Zuttah did not have his best season.

The Ravens need to be more committed to the running game next season, but Yanda said he was focused on getting healthy and playing at a high level, and not second-guessing the offense. Yanda will leave the direction of the offense to coach John Harbaugh and to the offensive coordinator, whether it’s Marty Mornhinweg or someone else.

“It would be nice to run the ball more, but in the end, I found out with that over the years, that’s Marty’s call,” Yanda said. “That’s John’s call. That’s their decision to make the call run or pass. We’re there to execute the play at a high level and not try to waste time thinking about that. There’s no use throwing your helmet on the sideline and doing stuff like that. It doesn’t help. What helps is that you’re locked in to run the play that’s called, because that’s my job. That’s Marty’s job to call the plays. That’s John’s job. Let them do their job, and we’ll do ours.”

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The Ravens appear to have their entire coaching staff returning for the 2020 season

The Ravens appear to have their entire coaching staff returning for the 2020 season

While the Ravens roster will likely remain mostly together for the 2020 regular season, it appears the coaching staff will stay entirely intact, too. 

After both coordinators, Greg Roman and Don “Wink” Martindale, had interviews with the Browns and Giants, respectively, those jobs were filled by Kevin Stefanski and Joe Judge. 

And more recently, quarterbacks coach James Urban and tight ends coach Bobby Engram were requested for interviews by the Eagles. Harbaugh said both Engram and Urban pulled out of the running and weren’t interested.

“It looks like our staff is going to stay together,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I can tell you that. I’m not saying anything couldn’t happen; there are always things brewing for a certain period of time.”

The Ravens have every offensive starter from the divisional playoff game under contract for next season, and now appear to have the offensive coordinator and all of the position coaches back on-board for another run too. The Ravens set a franchise record with 531 points, led by Lamar Jackson.

Things are still fluid, as a job opportunity for anyone on the staff can pop up out of the blue. But for now, the Ravens look like they’ll run the entire operation back for another go at a Super Bowl.

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John Harbaugh defends Lamar Jackson's playoff performance

John Harbaugh defends Lamar Jackson's playoff performance

Coach John Harbaugh, just six days after his team’s disappointing 28-12 loss to the Titans in the AFC playoffs, has already had to defend his quarterback.

Faced with some criticism after Jackson finished 31-of-59 passing, and three total turnovers, Harbaugh mentioned how far Jackson has come in the last year — which also ended in an early playoff loss at home.

“It’s really interesting to look at Lamar Jackson, because look at the progress he made in the last year,” Harbaugh said Friday. “Because the same question, I think you might have asked it last year, how is he going to get better going forward? And he did a good job, right? He’s 23 years old. He’s younger than Joe Burrow. So, he has a pretty good head start right now.”

Jackson is now 0-2 in the playoffs with a 19-3 regular season record. 



He’s likely the MVP this season after he passed for more than 3,000 yards and rushed for 1,000 yards, setting the single-season rushing record for a quarterback along the way. He led the NFL in passing touchdowns and carried the most prolific offense in the league to a league-best 14-2. 

Harbaugh isn’t worried that his quarterback, who is just 23-years-old, hasn’t found his playoff success yet.

“The Manning brothers combined to, they had five losses in their first five playoff games before they won one,” Harbaugh explained. (Joe) Montana, (Steve) Young and (Brett) Favre didn’t start a playoff game until their third season, (Drew) Brees and (Troy) Aikman, until their fourth season, and (Aaron) Rodgers until his fifth season.”

After the season ended, Harbaugh added that Jackson went to his office to discuss the offseason and what he needed to do to improve. 

While Harbaugh and the offensive coaching staff had a plan for Jackson to improve, Jackson “nailed” each and every single critique that the coaches had laid out for him.

“I’m really confident in Lamar and his understanding the things he needs to do to get better, and that he’s going to work really hard to keep building himself up as a player,” Harbaugh said.

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