Ravens OC Greg Roman shares his philosophy on protecting Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson has defied conventional NFL wisdom this season by succeeding as a dual-threat quarterback. Historically, such a run-heavy focus for an NFL quarterback has not worked long term due to the injury risk; running backs tend to not last long due to the consistent pounding they take each week, and quarterbacks who similarly run the ball are being exposed to hits as well.
But that’s not how Greg Roman sees it.
NBC’s Andrea Kremer reported on Thursday night that Roman’s philosophy on mobile quarterbacks is that they are actually safer in space rather than standing in the pocket.
#Ravens OC Greg Roman about protecting Lamar Jackson: "Mobile quarterbacks are so much safer when they're out in space 'driving the car' as opposed to standing in the pocket, hoping that nothing surprises them. Lamar does a really good job being safe." #BALvsNYJ
— Andrea Kremer (@Andrea_Kremer) December 13, 2019
That runs contrary to what most would believe.
Roman, 47, in his third year with the Ravens and first as their offensive coordinator. He had success coordinating offenses for Colin Kaepernick and Tyrod Taylor in the past, both of whom succeeded under him as mobile quarterbacks.
If anyone knows about how to coach up mobile quarterbacks, it’s Roman. And he also apparently knows how to keep them healthy, too.
Greg Roman had running QBs in 3 stops as an OC.
In 91 starts, his QBs have missed ONLY 3 GAMES:
2012 Kaepernick: 10/10
2013 Kaepernick: 19/19
2014 Kaepernick: 16/16
2105 Tyrod Taylor: 14/16 (sprained MCL, missed 2 wks)
2016 Tyrod Taylor: 15/16 (missed wk 17)
2019 Lamar: 14/14 https://t.co/rakRsMqjfc
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) December 13, 2019