During his Monday press conference, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said “everything is on the table” with the team’s quarterback situation according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.
That apparently includes splitting drives once veteran Joe Flacco is finally cleared after missing the past two games with a hip injury. “We’ll just do what gives us the best chance and try to use all of our players the best way we can,” Harbaugh said.
Splitting drives sounds like a disaster and probably will be but we are talking a desperate team fighting to make the playoffs with their long-time general manager Ozzie Newsome riding off into the sunset at the end of the season and Harbaugh desperately trying to save his job so anything seems possible.
Harbaugh has ramped up his hedging on Flacco’s status, suggesting he’s prepared to stick with Lamar Jackson even once Flacco gets cleared. Flacco is visiting the doctor on Monday.
Harbaugh said the issue is the “protection” of Flacco’s hip, and that it must be “strong and stable.” Rookie first-round pick Lamar Jackson is a work in progress but the team has won both games he has started and are back in the thick of the playoff picture. If Harbaugh truly wants to save his job, he would be foolish to mess with that success.