NFL Media pushes anonymous negativity about Lamar Jackson

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Former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has accepted an invitation to be an unpaid prop in the NFL’s ultimate offseason reality show about nothing. The NFL has shown its appreciation by dabbling in the trashing of Jackson via the always-reliable unnamed sources.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media recently reported, citing an anonymous offensive coordinator, that Jackson won’t be able to throw the ball at the next level.

“He’s an awesome athlete,” the unnamed assistant coach told Pelissero, via Bleacher Report. “He will not be able to play [quarterback] in this league — mark my words. When he throws, he hopes.”

When it comes to fact, unnamed sources fuel journalism in all forms. When it comes to opinion, unnamed sources aren’t reliable, especially when it comes to the multi-dimensional game of chess, checkers, and chicken that is the draft. Without having any way to assess the reliability of the source (including but not limited to whether his team secretly likes Jackson and hopes he slides and whether the offensive coordinator is represented by a firm that represents one of the other top quarterbacks and/or other players hoping to be drafted before Jackson) there’s no way to know how the source’s agenda is affecting the opinion. And when it comes to anonymous opinions from scouts and coaches who will be drafting players regarding the players to be drafted, the source’s agenda is always an issue.

The easy reaction to this assessment is to take the anonymous opinion for what it’s worth: Nothing. But if it’s worth nothing, why is it being used? More importantly, why is it being used by the NFL, at a time when the NFL wants/needs guys like Jackson to willingly participate in its three-network draft extravaganza?

Making things worse for Jackson is that, because he doesn’t have an agent, he lacks the ability to have that agent call Pelissero or the NFL.com editor that gave the report the green light and raise hell about an opinion that is designed to influence the most impressionable of the decision-makers on draft night . . . the owners who will fall in and out of love with guys on the board in round one based in part on the things they see, hear, and read.

33 responses to “NFL Media pushes anonymous negativity about Lamar Jackson

  1. “…the owners who will fall in and out of love with guys on the board in round one based in part on the things they see, hear, and read.”

    My anonymous source swears this quote came from Jimmy Haslam’s homeless friend.

  2. What if the NFL used “per a source with knowledge of the situation” instead like you guys do?

  3. But wait how can I mark your words, if your being anonymous? If you want me to mark your words then be a man and put your name behind your statement.

  4. Smokescreen. He’ll get drafted in the first round, perhaps even as early as #11 Miami. Wouldn’t surprise me if teams (Cardinals, etc.) traded up to get him.

  5. “to influence the most impressionable of the decision-makers on draft night . . . the owners who will fall in and out of love with guys on the board in round one based in part on the things they see, hear, and read.”
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    Right, because owners make hundreds of last-minute, knee-jerk draft decisions based on one single, anonymous report over months of internal scouting…

    And if an NFL team hasn’t finalized the Top 65 of their draft board by now, then an interfering owner is the LEAST of their worries.

  6. Jackson is the highest risk/reward player in the draft. He could be a complete bust due to a severe learning curve that he faces or be like Watson where his NFL coach will adjust the game plan for his unique skill set.

  7. I may be ignorant to think this way but part of what I love about Lamar is his unbelievable low profile. In this era of hype hype hype he seems to do the exact opposite. In a different universe he could have easily hyped himself up to be in the argument for the #1 overall pick. In this universe he chose not to hype himself at all. Maybe I’ll be wrong but I find it refreshing and it makes me root for him.

  8. Does anyone believe that a day or two before the draft there is a true decision maker who cares what an “unnamed assistant coach” thinks? Boards are set. Trade and counteroffer strategies are being practiced to fit the time limit. Thirty two teams have an idea of Lamar Jackson’s abilities.

  9. He’s gonna go to the Pats. He already knows the system. He’ll sit for a year or three behind TB12 maybe getting a few shots in wildcat packages which will work because he can actually throw or if TB12 gets injured or mopping up and then he’ll take over eventually. He’ll run rarely, but spectacularly.

  10. I couldn’t tell you jack about who should go where. I can tell you however, that dude looked electric playing with guys who will make the step to the next level. Can he be one of them? I don’t know. I do know he’s done enough to be afforded the opportunity without being slandered.

  11. akira554 says:
    April 25, 2018 at 11:48 am

    “to influence the most impressionable of the decision-makers on draft night . . . the owners who will fall in and out of love with guys on the board in round one based in part on the things they see, hear, and read.”
    ———————-

    Right, because owners make hundreds of last-minute, knee-jerk draft decisions based on one single, anonymous report over months of internal scouting…

    And if an NFL team hasn’t finalized the Top 65 of their draft board by now, then an interfering owner is the LEAST of their worries.

    _________

    I wish it was true but there are too many stories of owners like Jones, Haslem and Mike Brown trumping all the work done by their hard working, knowledgeable scouting staffs to make a gut-feeling or flashy pick.

  12. chuckshontaspads says:
    April 25, 2018 at 11:38 am
    Patriots at 23..superstar in 3 years and all will say Pats cheated
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++
    When you cheat once, twice, three times then yes people will accuse you of cheating.

  13. The so-called draft experts and NFL people were saying stuff like that about Warren Moon back in the days.

  14. Funny no one is doing that about Josh Allen.

    When people get the stones to make comments on the record I’ll respect their opinion. Until then….

  15. “Making things worse for Jackson is that, because he doesn’t have an agent, he lacks the ability to have that agent call Pelissero or the NFL.com editor that gave the report the green light and raise hell”
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    This is an important point about the lack of an agent, especially as a rookie.There’s much more to this whole process than just the contract. His mom doesn’t know the GMs or coaches or even the media. A good agent not only has their numbers on his phone, but has had previous relationships with these people. The agent will give his client good PR while also bashing other prospects in order to improve his own client’s standing and draft position.

  16. This would be more of an issue for some players – for example Josh Allen, who has been really weirdly singled out for a lot of criticism beyond the scrutiny other top prospects have received.

    But for Jackson, this could be a blessing. The further he falls, the better chance he’ll end up on a good team and have a legitimate chance to develop and succeed.

    Worst thing for Jackson is an excess of hype and some mediocre team reaching for him. Let him fall to a good team a year or two away from saying goodbye to their franchise QB, and he’ll be glad for the mudslinging.

  17. Funny that no one is saying that about Josh Allen and his completion percentage is lower than Jackson’s. Also, Jackson ran a pro offense in college.

  18. Evil NFL! Inviting players to attend a draft event that will end up making them millionaires and adored for playing a game! And the gall to put their face on TV that will help them sell jerseys and get endorsement deals! The outrage!!

  19. Funny that no one is saying that about Josh Allen and his completion percentage is lower than Jackson’s. Also, Jackson ran a pro offense in college.
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    You must not be listening to a lot of draft coverage if you aren’t hearing the Josh Allen will be a bust talk. It’s everywhere. I’d say 75% negative at this point.

  20. Jackson needs to find an agent. Not some slick talking shyster, but a seasoned attorney with a reasonable understanding of public relations.

  21. This is ridiculous ….Now we are going to pretend that an NFL team with scouting departments are going to be influenced by a un-named source that makes an opinion based comment on a players value at the next level …..the media is given the media & the reporting of this nonsense way to much clout ……the media is a mere tool to push an agenda and the media is the tool ….tool’s do nothing with out the person behind the tool steering it.

  22. Unbelievable! You can’t criticize certain peoples… is what its coming down too.

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