Ravens upset at home fans booing Lamar Jackson

AP

Lamar Jackson went around the stadium, slapping hands with fans after the Ravens’ loss to the Chargers on Sunday. So he obviously held no grudge at the boos and chants for his backup, Joe Flacco, as he struggled during the game.

But Jackson’s teammates were upset with the way Ravens fans treated Jackson.

“It definitely did bother me,” left tackle Ronnie Stanley said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “As a football player, an athlete, a competitor, [we] sacrifice our whole lives to be in this position. We love our fans and everything they’ve done for us, but there are going to be good times and there are going to be bad times, and we expect your support in all of those times. If you’re not going to support us, then you’ve really got to question yourself on that one.”

Jackson went 6-1 as a starter during the regular season, passing for 1,201 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions while running for 695 yards and five touchdowns. But he struggled most of the game against the Chargers’ unusual defense.

He completed three of his first 10 passes for 25 yards and an interception, giving him a passer rating of zero midway through the fourth quarter.

Running back Kenneth Dixon tweeted Monday morning: “You either with us or against us real spill. I’m ten toes behind [Jackson]. Keep ya boo’s (plain disrespectful) that man gave us life.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh considered making a quarterback change but said he made the “right decision” to stick with Jackson. The team’s future is Jackson, which is bigger than one game.

58 responses to “Ravens upset at home fans booing Lamar Jackson

  1. Don’t want to get booed? Play better.

    This guy is a very talented individual, but not an NFL level QB. He better get used to boos.

  2. The rest of the league says don’t boo him also. This guy is clearly not a good passer. Good for the rest of the league if the Ravens ride Lamar the next few years.

  3. Don’t want to hear the boo birds don’t stink up the joint. Plenty of the Ravens stunk it up in the first 3 quarters.

  4. “You either with us or against us real spill. I’m ten toes behind [Jackson]. Keep ya boo’s (plain disrespectful) that man gave us life.”

    How can you argue with such a thoughtful, well-articulated argument?

  5. He couldnt get his team past the 50 yard line for 3-1/2 quarters. He deserved the boo’s. Horrible performance. Even considering the late garbage yards and stats.

  6. You sacrifice for the millions of dollars you make to play a game. It comes with the territory. I pay to attend and the right to cheer or boo based on the product on the field. Grow a pair and get used to it.

  7. I find it strange that they think the fans were just booing Lamar. The offensive line was horrible. The play calling was horrible. It wasn’t just one individual responsible for that offensive disaster.

  8. “He completed three of his first 10 passes for 25 yards and an interception, giving him a passer rating of zero midway through the fourth quarter.”

    Not solely on him, but with those kind of figures could you expect anything less. Chargers d were on a totally different level than the previous game, but the overall offensive performance was lackluster from minute 1 to minute 53.

  9. The rest of the AFCN are certainly hoping the Ravens future is Lamar Tebow, that’s for sure.

  10. The dude had -2 net passing yards with 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter, I mean he went 2 quarters with out completing a forward pass, how is possible? Hes a tad bit better then tebow but not by much….

  11. So the fans are supposed to just accept that hideous performance? In a playoff game? With a SB winning QB sitting on the bench?

  12. You can’t expect the fans to do anything else, he was horrible in the first 3 quarters. The fans pay a lot of money to watch you play, and you play like that. Get over it, if you don’t like it play better. It was ugly. 4 sacks 3 fumbles and all the rest of the stuff that went with it. Ugly.

  13. Connor Adams says:
    January 7, 2019 at 2:55 pm
    Don’t want to get booed? Play better.

    This guy is a very talented individual, but not an NFL level QB. He better get used to boos

    —————————————

    And I don’t think you’re qualifies to give NFL level insight.

  14. “Ravens coach John Harbaugh considered making a quarterback change but said he made the “right decision” to stick with Jackson.”

    That “right deci$ion” being a business one, not risking an injury to Flacco that would have kicked in cap crippling injury guarantees.

  15. If it weren’t for his defense barely saving him against Cleveland he’d be watching Pittsburgh play in the playoffs from his living room.

    AFC North is going to be a weird place next season.

  16. People make fun of Patrick Mahomes voice and his voice is fine.

    LaMar Jackson is a tough listen. Seems like a good kid, but that voice is not ear candy.

    As far as the fans booing…

    Fans paid admission. They have right to boo all they want. If they threw things at him then I would have a problem with it. Booing is their right. Players who don’t want booing should then play in a league without paying customers. They are the reason you are paid. They have the right to boo you.

  17. Dude looks like a deer in the headlights. Awful passer, no pocket presence, and looks lost most of the time. I know he’s a rookie, but looks like a terrible one right now. Never really saw an NFL QB look so bad. If he keeps running eventually he will go the way of rg111. Looks like a total bust!!

  18. Good players/teams would say something along the lines of “we deserved to get booed considering how we were playing.”

    Don’t like to be booed? Then don’t suck.

  19. “He completed three of his first 10 passes for 25 yards and an interception, giving him a passer rating of zero midway through the fourth quarter.”

    That’s why they were booing. Oh, and the fumbles.

  20. This was a mistake to blow this up. at that point the game seemed out of reach, I think they were chanting for Flacco, so he could at least play out a final series before the Ravens drop him.

  21. Lamar will win plenty of regular season games and very few playoff games. This Raven D is good, but not good enough to carry a bad offense all the way to a Super Bowl… And as long as Jackson is taking the snaps, this is a bad offense. Too bad he’s been told to stick to QB, he’d make a fantastic WR/Return man (provided that he can catch better than he throws, that is).

  22. So the multi millionaire players who get to go sit in their mansions and drive their fancy cars are complaining when they get booed by the people that help make all of that possible. Gotcha

  23. We weren’t booing Lamar..we were booing Harbaugh for not having the courage to make the change. Lamar didn’t have it. At all. This wasn’t a grey decision..it was crystal clear. Give Flacco a chance to win the game. Lamar’s 4th quarter performance was nice..but imagine if he had one of the 10 open receivers earlier in the game. Move the chains. Score some points. Anything. And as once said in The Godfather…this wasn’t personal..it was business.

  24. “As a football player, an athlete, a competitor, [we] sacrifice our whole lives to be in this position.”
    _________

    I thought you played for the love of the game, plus millions of dollars? Anyway, a lot of the fans are sacrificing a lot to pay the exhorbitant price to attend the game, so I think you could forgive them for a little booing at a putrid performance like that. Suck it up, buttercup.

  25. I love hearing these comments from Dixon and Jimmy Smith who have been suspended what like 3 times each? Or Ronnie Stanley and his holding calls. I honestly think the boo’s were not so much at the kid, but the poor coaching and REFUSAL to change game plans.
    Newflash players, be glad the fans showed back up.

  26. I’m sure plenty of those boo’s were aimed at more than Lamar. He’s the face of the Offense so he’ll be the scapegoat but he doesn’t deserve all the blame

  27. Lamar has one difficult game and the anti-black quarterback crowd feels like it has carte blanche to repeat the typical code phrases. ”

    “He can’t read defenses” – code for he’s dumb. “Will get injured” – code for he’s not tough, too fragile. “Looks like a deer in the headlights” – code for I’d love sic my hound dogs on him, and so on. Just have the courage to say what you really feel, stop hiding behind the cliches.

  28. Were they booing Lamars ineptitude or Harbaugh for not pulling him? Chargers were playing a hybrid d because of injuries and Jackson. Wonder what they would have done if harbaugh had been smart enough to pull him at half time and ran a real NFL offense?

  29. My 2c is as a Seahawk fan… if our game was at home, Russell would of been boo’d too. Be happy to know you weren’t the only offense that sucked this weekend.

  30. I remember them booing and he had a net 6 yards passing in the 4th quarter. Fans should stand up and cheer and be proud they spent money to watch that level of QB play.

  31. Why does every athlete have to be a spoiled brat these days? What the heck have you ever sacrificed? Oh poor baby has to work out a lot for a HUGE amount of money, such a sacrifice.
    When you play like crap in a playoff game the fans have every right to boo, the fans are the ones who actually sacrificed to be there unlike the entitled man-children.

  32. Fans boo because they pay a lot of money (and are half in the bag by the 2nd half, if not sooner)- get over it “over-paid athletes” cause it only goes away when you perform well and that’s not always going to happen – there is no way they were just booing Lamar because the entire offense laid a gigantic egg and the coaches had no answer – so suck it up and deal with it!

  33. Why is this being made into a thing? Jackson played terrible and the fans as was their right expressed their displeasure. That does NOT mean that they hate Jackson etc. When did people start getting so soft?

  34. Jackson just had a bad day. C’mon give him a break. He will develop into a franchise QB. Give the kid a few more years.

    –Browns fans

  35. The Ravens fans I know (who were all at the game) said they were booing the team’s lack of adjustment offensively. They all said there was no one in their section booing Lamar. They were booing the OC or they were booing for Harbaugh not bringing in Flacco, who represented an adjustment on offense. They said Lamar stunk the first half also but there was no booing then. The fans wanted an adjustment. Apparently, the booing was loudest after Jackson was tackled for no gain on a 3rd and 4 deep in LAC territory in the 3Q. Not Lamar’s fault – poor playcalling which was a repeat of the 1st half. That’s what the fans were booing.

    These Ravens players are taking it personally and they are mistaken.

  36. All these running “QB’s” are useless, they can get some wins in the regular season against weak teams, but they can’t win in the playoffs.

  37. kpizzow says:
    January 7, 2019 at 3:30 pm
    We weren’t booing Lamar..we were booing Harbaugh for not having the courage to make the change. Lamar didn’t have it. At all. This wasn’t a grey decision..it was crystal clear. Give Flacco a chance to win the game. Lamar’s 4th quarter performance was nice..but imagine if he had one of the 10 open receivers earlier in the game. Move the chains. Score some points. Anything. And as once said in The Godfather…this wasn’t personal..it was business.
    ________________

    I guess all the booing fans were calling for Joe to start the game Sunday morning. Otherwise the boos were hindsighted. Because the moment everyone wanted Flacco in, Jackson stepped up and brought the team within one score.

    The fans should also be booing their All-Pro kicker (who 50 voters somehow felt had a much better year than Aldrick Rosas), their kick coverage unit, their offensive line, and fumbling running back.

    The better team won Sunday. In all three phases.

  38. Look I was as upset as most fans. And yes the fans have a right to boo if they deem it fit. However, trash talking a rookie QB who struggled in one game is a bit extreme. I’m aware that it’s a playoff game and I agree that Flacco May have been the better option straight up. However based on the situation, Lamar Jackson had earned the starting job and placing Flacco in the game likely wouldn’t have fixed the issues that were more readily apparent. The offensive line played like absolute garbage to the tune of 7 sacks. Name a QB that can realistically win you a game when they are being forced to run around the entire field and are constantly under duress. Yes Jackson is good at scrambling but it’s hard to scramble when you’re being forced into other defenders. Yes his performance was terrible but it’s not like he was given much to work with. And yes he had three fumbles and a pick. Only one of those was lost and it was when they needed an absolute miracle to win the game. And the pick was off a tipped pass. So it’s not like they were unforced errors or him simply being bad. He wasn’t accurate and made some bad decisions early on. But Flacco wouldn’t have done any better. He’s not nearly as mobile and wouldn’t have been able to extend the few successful plays the ravens did have early on. Besides that he had no rushing attack backing him up. And while some of that is on him for his inability to win with his arm early, he was never truly given an opportunity to succeed. I personally think the future is bright with Jackson because there were times he showed his prowess as a passer and if they work on his consistency in the offseason, Jackson could make a terrifying matchup for opposing teams and allow the coaching staff to open up the playbook for him in year two. So yeah Jackson he is faults in this game. And the fans had every right to boo. Doesn’t mean the players should be happy and it doesn’t mean Jackson is a bust or a terrible player. He was just a rookie that finally played like his title suggests. He struggled in a big stage like a lot of rookies do and he will grow from it. Pulling him would’ve only hurt his confidence and nothing would’ve changed about the outcome. In fact I bet it probably would’ve been worse with Flacco at the helm specifically because he isn’t mobile enough to avoid the lethal pass rush that was shown in this meeting with the chargers.

  39. Jackson is trash. I’m so grateful they think he’s their future. As for the boos; well,he better get used to it.

  40. What’s funny is the same fans that were booing are the people who for years kept blaming everything but Flacco. “He has no blocking. He has no receivers. He has no run game. He has no coaching. He has no defense.”

    But suddenly when Lamar took over… it’s all his fault.

    New flash… of the Chargers pass rush was getting to Lamar Jackson 3 seconds after the snap, you can bet your life that it was going to get to Flacco in the same amount of time if not sooner.

    Did Lamar Jackson play great this past weekend? No. Was the loss solely his fault? No. Would Flacco have provided a better chance to win? Based on his play this season… no. I pray he goes to another team so these racist fans can see just how much the Ravens carries Flacco(and not the other way around.). But it also seems Flacco doesn’t really love football or want to change cities/teams… and I wouldn’t be shocked if he ends up retiring.

  41. Jimmy Smith constantly blows his assignments. Ronnie Stanley couldn’t successfully block a “blow up” doll. Same with Hurst & Skura.

    Dixon holds onto the football like it’s a “hot potato” and gained what….15 yds the whole game. You’re right Smith, Dixon, & Stanley. The fans shouldn’t have been booing Jackson alone. The should have included you 3 cry baby CLOWNS as well

  42. There’s talk out of the Chargers camp how Stanley has a tell in his stance as to whether its going to be a passing or running play. And he wants to run his mouth about the fans? The people that provide that paycheck he has “SACRIFICED” his entire life for? I’ve got a few words for you Stanley and they rhyme with “Truck Who”.

  43. “But Jackson’s teammates were upset with the way Ravens fans treated Jackson.”

    I love the assumption everyone makes that they were only booing Jackson.

    No, Ravens. They were booing /all of you/ because you were in the middle of proving to everyone that you were a fluke offense and you’d been figured out. All of you.

    But at least they show up to see you.

    Which is more than you can say for the Orioles.

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