OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Baltimore Ravens' former offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg, denied on Tuesday a report that he wanted to transfer quarterback Lamar Jackson to the wide receiver of the Ravens. "I never said that."
Former NFL general director Mike Lombardi said on Monday in the GM Shuffle podcast that Mornhinweg does not believe in Jackson as quarterback. According to Lombardi, Mornhinweg asked his coaching staff, "When will we take him to the receiver?"
Mornhinweg denied that he had proposed a position change for Jackson, who is now a leading candidate for NFL MVP.
"My thoughts before the design and even more, when we started working with Lamar, were that this young man would be a special quarterback," said Mornhinweg. "At a very early stage, we saw him, along with all his throwing and escape skills, read the field and every young quarterback I've ever worked with."
Mornhinweg was the Ravens playcaller during Jackson's rookie season. Baltimore promoted Greg Roman to offensive coordinator after the season, and Mornhinweg declined to stay on the coaching staff.
"Organizationally we were on the same side with Lamar and I thought Ozzie [Newsome] and Eric [DeCosta] did it" It was a great job to get him where we did it, "Ravens said Coach John Harbaugh, "Marty was excited from the start to train Lamar and has been instrumental in helping him survive his rookie season."
Jackson has the Ravens (8-2) on her best start in seven He is No. 4 in the NFL with 106.3 passers-by and ranked 10th in the league with 788 rushing yards.
Jackson was the first player in the history of the United States in a 41-7 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday Ravens franchise multiple games with four or more touchdown passes in a single season.