Lamar Jackson made a strong impression on Seahawks defense

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The Seahawks got their first look at Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on Sunday and they left the game having learned what many other Ravens opponents have learned over the last year.

Defensive tackle Jarran Reed said, via TheAthletic.com, that “the quarterback is different” after Jackson threw for 143 yards and ran for 116 more in a 30-16 victory. Defensive end Quinton Jefferson said he’s glad the Ravens aren’t on the schedule again this season and Jadeveon Clowney invoked a name frequently compared to Jackson.

“I always wanted to play against Michael Vick,” Clowney said, via the Seattle Times. “I guess I got the new era with Lamar Jackson. He did his thing today. . . . He might be the fastest guy I ever chased with the ball in his hands. He can make anything happen for that team, and they’re all on the bandwagon with him getting what they’re supposed to be getting out of their quarterback. We got a great one, too.”

Russell Wilson‘s bona fides don’t need any defending, but Jackson got more done for his team on Sunday and that played a major role in Baltimore leaving Seattle with a win.

45 responses to “Lamar Jackson made a strong impression on Seahawks defense

  1. “But he can’t throw” “But he’s going to get injured” “He’s just a running back”

    He’s 11-3 in the regular season as a starter with a cast of unimpressive receivers, questionable blocking and (until yesterday) a defense that was near last in the league. He’s a leader and a winner and he elevates the play of those around him.

    One other stat- he was born in 1997, just 22 years old. This team is way more fun to watch than, well, any other Ravens team ever.

  2. Remember the preseason, when everybody, John Harbaugh included, said people were gonna be surprised by Lamar and the Ravens offense this year?

    Looks like they were right.

  3. Even though I think Lamar is far more talented weren’t the talking heads saying the same thing about Kapernick the first couple of years in the league? Then we all know what happened, defensive coordinators figured him out and shut him down. But hey he did throw for 143 yards yesterday lol.

  4. They certainly built this team to suit his style. The TE packages they use make it hard to stop him from running unless you stack the box. All of those TEs, who happen to be excellent blockers, can catch the ball too so they keep you honest. I think in times past having Earl Thomas and Chancellor back their would have allowed the LBs to cheat up to try and slow him down more. I applaud the Ravens for doing such a good job building this team to their strengths and am happy for Jackson. He seems like a great guy.

  5. Yeah well all this hype for Lamar is just a spin job to cover for their mistake in letting Flacco go. I mean, have you seen what he’s doing in Denver?

  6. One knee injury away from being average or out of the league. Hell he just barely avoided a direct hit to his knee yesterday.
    It’s not a matter of if, but when. NFL history proves this. Add that he has chicken legs.

  7. Would have liked to see him connect on a few more passes but the weather conditions were not the best; Wilson wasn’t so hot in these conditions; Andrews dropped three passes. Much as I like Schlereth and Barber, their comments during the broadcast made me wonder if these guys have never seen a QB throw ten-yard passes side-armed.

  8. Everyone on the Lamar Jackson hype-train needs to look at his passing numbers since the Miami game. He has surely improved over last year and I love to watch him play, but he is still a run first QB. Exciting to watch and the guy is electric, but it is not sustainable at the NFL level where guys are faster, stronger, and the lanes close up quicker. Take out the Miami game and he is completing 61% of his passes for 1,326 yards with 6 TD’s and 5 INT’s in his last 6 games. That’s an average of 221 yards a game through the air with basically 1 TD and .83 INT. In this time his rushing stats have gone through the roof, but he is reverting to his old ways of last year. As long as they win it is a good formula. But just like last year, it will end up being the reason they lose when it counts.

  9. 19th ranked Seattle PASS Defense
    gives up 249 yards per game.

    Seattle has played:
    – No A.J. Green – No offensive line Bengals
    – 28th ranked PASS Offense Cardinals
    – backup QB Saints
    – the Browns
    – backup QB steelers

    … and Lamar had 143 yards – 0 touchdowns – 69.4 QB rating against them.

  10. Let’s try to keep things in perspective. They beat the Steelers because of a very poor roughing the passer penalty. The Seahawks are the only team with a winning record so far. He is a talent but his shelf life running this much will short…..just watch.

  11. 667s650w says:
    October 21, 2019 at 8:35 am
    I just don’t see Lamar Jackson staying healthy running the ball this much. He feels like RG3 all over again to me.
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    Sincerely,

    All pocket passers already injured in 2019.

  12. 9-20 for 143 yards. Not very impressive passing stats to me, considering all the hype he had about his passing in week 1 against the mighty Dolphins. Those are below-average QB numbers.

  13. His stat line is horrible. This smoke and mirrors thing is going to come to an end very sson.

    Why would you waste a 1st rd pick and all this time on a Tebow QB?

  14. flaccodelic says:
    October 21, 2019 at 8:23 am
    “But he can’t throw” “But he’s going to get injured” “He’s just a running back”

    He’s 11-3 in the regular season as a starter with a cast of unimpressive receivers, questionable blocking and (until yesterday) a defense that was near last in the league. He’s a leader and a winner and he elevates the play of those around him.

    One other stat- he was born in 1997, just 22 years old. This team is way more fun to watch than, well, any other Ravens team ever.

    91 10 Rate This

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    Tebow was 11-3 at one point and Kyle Orton was, too. What’s your point here?

    This is the NF not the CFL. Expect the wheels to come off. And soon.

  15. It does not take a powerful offense to hang 28-30 points on the Legion of Bust. 3 straight teams have done it so far. The La La LAmbz, Dawg Pound, and the Ravens have scored 30, 28, and 30 points. The Legion of Bust won’t get much of a break the next 2 games. Tampa Bay scred 55 points against the LAmbs, and Matt Ryan is among the league leaders in passing yards despite winning only a single game this season. I saw a 12th holding a sign that reads Booom 2.0. Thet is self delusion. It is more like Hooverville 2.0.

  16. @Rdog,

    I can tell you didn’t watch the game and are just basing it on box scores. The Ravens WR/TEs had at least 6 drops yesterday, including a TD by Mark Andrews. Factor in the poor weather conditions, which also severely affected Wilson, and had you actually seen him play you would realize how good of a game he played.

  17. tylawspick6 says:
    October 21, 2019 at 10:18 am
    His stat line is horrible. This smoke and mirrors thing is going to come to an end very sson.

    Why would you waste a 1st rd pick and all this time on a Tebow QB?

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    His stat line includes a 5-2 record with a two game lead going into the halfway point of the season. All without any top level WR talent.

  18. Slash/Michael Vick/Robert Griffin 111, They all look good the first couple years, It will happen, an injury, a Hammy, a knee. Teams will just commit 2 defenders on him and make him pass with Man for Man coverage.Make him pass and you will beat him. There is always a way to counter a Running Back….er’ QB.

  19. unkleruckus says:
    October 21, 2019 at 10:28 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    October 21, 2019 at 10:18 am
    His stat line is horrible. This smoke and mirrors thing is going to come to an end very sson.

    Why would you waste a 1st rd pick and all this time on a Tebow QB?

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    His stat line includes a 5-2 record with a two game lead going into the halfway point of the season. All without any top level WR talent.

    3 2 Rate This

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    Well, since he can’t throw, I wouldn’t worry about getting any WR talent.

    Teams that don’t know how to handle an RPO QB or a Wildcat QB will lose to your team. Teams that are well coached, will not lose to your team.

    It’s a gimmick based offense, 5-2 or not. Your franchise has been a paper tiger since Lewis and Reed retired.

  20. So just so I can get this straight.

    Some of the comments are suggesting that Lamar Jackson won’t be able to scramble once he starts playing in the NFL? I think they are even suggesting that there have not been successful scrambling QB’s in the NFL before? Are they seriously trying to sell us that mobility is a bad thing for a QB to have? Are you suggesting that a QB with two ceder blocks for feet would be a better fit for an NFL team?

  21. I fully expect this to end up in an RGIII type of situation, but in the meantime, he’s one of the most exciting players in the league right now.

  22. Teams that don’t know how to handle an RPO QB or a Wildcat QB will lose to your team. Teams that are well coached, will not lose to your team.
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    I guess BB can’t coach. Nick Foles RPO’ed NE to death in the Super Bowl.

  23. tylawspick6 says:
    October 21, 2019 at 10:44 am

    […]

    Well, since he can’t throw, I wouldn’t worry about getting any WR talent.

    Teams that don’t know how to handle an RPO QB or a Wildcat QB will lose to your team. Teams that are well coached, will not lose to your team.

    It’s a gimmick based offense, 5-2 or not. Your franchise has been a paper tiger since Lewis and Reed retired.

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    He’s made some teams that thought that way pay dearly this year, including the Seahawks. He has a decent arm and his accuracy is much improved compared to last year. I fully accept that he’s never going to be a top passer, but he does appear to be a better passer than Kaepernick, RGIII, Vick, and a bunch of other RPO QBs that were hot for a while. Each of them were eventually stopped by combining stacking the box with physical corners; that’s not going to work with Lamar. You are right that Ravens are way too inconsistent to ever think they are going to make a deep playoff run. But they have the talent to beat any team in the league on any given Sunday this year.

  24. Leman Russ says:
    October 21, 2019 at 10:25 am
    @Rdog,

    I can tell you didn’t watch the game and are just basing it on box scores. The Ravens WR/TEs had at least 6 drops yesterday, including a TD by Mark Andrews. Factor in the poor weather conditions, which also severely affected Wilson, and had you actually seen him play you would realize how good of a game he played.
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    That sounds a LOT like Titans fans defending Marcus Mariota over and over again… I mean, almost word for word – just switch out the names.

  25. I was watching the game yesterday with friends & family and I saw the look on Lamar’s face in the third quarter, and I said “That’s it he’s pissed off… He is going to take control of the game. Sure enough it happened. When you are the best athlete on the field, and you know what you can do, you take over. Action Jackson is No Joke !

  26. Running QBs in the nfl are a gamble with high risk/reward.

    If you want to sign receiving talent in the nfl…

    … the good receiving talent aren’t coming to running quarterback teams.

  27. Lamar Jackson is virtually deadlocked with Phillip Rivers in every passing category in his second season.

  28. factschecker says:
    October 21, 2019 at 10:58 am
    So just so I can get this straight.

    Some of the comments are suggesting that Lamar Jackson won’t be able to scramble once he starts playing in the NFL? I think they are even suggesting that there have not been successful scrambling QB’s in the NFL before? Are they seriously trying to sell us that mobility is a bad thing for a QB to have? Are you suggesting that a QB with two ceder blocks for feet would be a better fit for an NFL team?
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    Straight? Nope, you got that crooked. There is a difference between a QB who can scramble and a RB who can occasionally throw. Nobody is advocating for statues. Mobility is a good thing for a QB but it needs to be paired with pocket presence and the ability to throw accurately. Compare Jackson to Wilson. Russ scrambles to throw and will bring it down and run for a first down if it is there. Lamar makes 1 read (sometimes two) and starts looking to run even if there isn’t pressure. He can throw better than Vick could early on but he hasn’t really combined that with buying time. Either his receivers are open early or he runs. He seems hard to wrangle but solid defenses will give him a problem until he learns how to exploit when they look to stop his run threat. Fans loved Vick for his potential to show up on the highlight reels and so far that is what we have with Lamar.

  29. Heard it all before in 2012, about Russell Wilson.

    Probably should also be hearing it about Patrick Mahomes, who has receivers that don’t run routes, but merely outrun defenders to catch zones, and who is now injured — as predicted above for Lamar Jackson. You don’t win by sitting on the bench.

    Physical talent only takes you so far in the NFL. “The separation is in the preparation.” -Russell Wilson

    Coach Harbaugh is no idiot, and like Coach Carroll, must certainly see that extra special intangible something in Jackson — whose best is yet to come. The rest of the league better start catching up to the new benchmark in football.

  30. The reason option Football never caught on in the NFL isn’t because it won’t work. It’s because eventually your QB will get killed. Vick never played a full 16 games. You see the toll it has taken on Cam Newton and he’s enormous. If a guy as big as Cam can’t keep taking that pounding the how can a small guy like Jackson.

    The only way option will work long term is if a team just has like 4 QBs and can have a next man up. Get 2 running QBs then get 2 more that played QB in college and can also play WR or DB to be on the roster as backups. That way you keep your QB salary low.

    As soon as the Ravens give Jackson a big contract, they are finished.

  31. Seriously? So many inaccuracies on here I can’t quote them all. It’s obvious most didn’t watch this game and just reading stat lines.

    1) Lamar was 9 for 20 with 6 drops. And these weren’t 6 drops in traffic. Most were wide open, hit them in the chest and hands drops. One was a 25 yard pass to the tight end in the back of the end zone. One was a 15 yard deep middle to the tight end that hit him in the chest on a 3rd and 13. He was WIDE open. One was a drop by Willie Snead that hit him right in the hands. These are the critical few. The tight end had 2 more drops. Complete even a few of these and his stat line is over 200 yards passing with 1 TD, over 100 yards rushing with 1 TD. One of the better games we’ve seen in Seattle, a very difficult place to play, by a QB who’s only 22 years old.

    2) People that are genuinely concerned about him getting hurt, I get it. I don’t respect anyone hoping he gets hurt just so they can say they were right. But let’s look. He’s taken 3 what I would call uncomfortable hits this year in which his body was twisted kind of weird. Because of his awareness and agility, you can argue that he’s safer running than QBs sitting in the pocket. I mean, how many have been injured so far this year? People comparing him to RGIII is inaccurate. It’s a completely different game than even when RGIII was starting his rookie year. And RGIII is not as fast and elusive as Lamar. RGIII got hurt in the Ravens game. The rules were different. To slow him down, the Ravens D Coordinator told his guys every time they go RPO, hit the QB whether he hands it off or not. They were teeing off on him because it was legal then and that’s why the RPO never worked in the NFL. The rules don’t allow that anymore so Lamar is taking way less hits in general. There are even rules to protect him as runner. I’m more worried about him improving his passing game for when he ages. Mike Vick didn’t get “slowed down” until he got older and no longer had his speed. That’s more of a concern to me because that’s one of the first thing to go with age. Telling someone to change their game and move away from their biggest strength out of “fear of injury” in a contact sport is ridiculous in my opinion. If he only lasts 4 or 5 years at this pace, it’s better than many QBs in this league.

    3) So now Seattle isn’t a good team because Lamar and the Ravens won, when just last week I can quote comments of many saying he was playing a soft schedule and let’s see what happens when he goes to SEA, NE at home, etc. So if he has a good game against NE what will the excuse be? They’re coming off a bye? NE hasn’t seen him before? Get out of here.

    4) Read what Seattle’s defenders and every other team that has played Lamar has said about him as a person and athlete, and how near impossible it is to game plan for him. As one defender said, “you got him 3rd and 15, you got the perfect call with a DB spying him and he still makes him miss and picks it up with his legs. So disheartening”. “You go zone and his tight ends kill you, you go man and he runs for 30 smh”. I’ll take their word when it comes to his skillset over all you fake GMs.

  32. I called this and wasn’t surprised at all. He’s such a great runner and even when people are all covered he just runs away from guys.

    There was one play that broke the Seahawks back where they blitzed a DB and he had him but Lamar just ran away and down the sideline for another first down. There might not be anything more demoralizing to a defense to keep getting 3rd and long and having the QB just run out of perfect defense and get the first easily.

    Just…brutal like I figured. It’s like we finally got a taste of our own medicine. How many times has Russell Wilson done that to teams over the years. Lamar is just Russell in FF. The guy is just beyond dynamic with those cuts at that speed. Nobody has a chance one on one.

    All that being said, I fear for his health. I’ve seen RGIII try to do that before and it didn’t work out. Lamar takes big shots getting an extra two yards. It’s exciting but man I worry about him getting hurt and that being that. He is a star, I hope he sticks around.

    The Hawks had bad day. They were still in the game until the end. The final score doesn’t really reflect the competition.

    Good game Ravens, on to the next one. 5-2 ain’t too bad.

  33. Well I love reading all these expert comments. You don’t see this much negativity about Mayfield, Rosen, Allen, or Darnold. That tells me LJ is doing his job and will prove to be the best QB in that draft.

    At least someone pointed out the weather yesterday. Wilson’s stats were way down too.

  34. Knew he was fast – didn’t know how nasty his running skills would be in terms of making guys miss, extending runs, etc. It’s hard to spy him, when he’s faster and quicker than the guy who’s supposed to be tackling him – in space.

    I really don’t know how you deal with him on dropbacks where the receivers are downfield, and he scrambles so easily away from all the D-lineman.

    All that said – to put it a little in perspective – the Ravens offense put up 16 points yesterday. In my opinion it was the Hawks offense that lost the game for them yesterday – the pick 6 flipped the game, and they weren’t much better after that.

  35. stoptrippn says:
    October 21, 2019 at 12:24 pm
    Hmmmm. Looks like Pete isn’t as smart as some people think.
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    He’s a great teacher and motivator, but no one who watches his game day a coaching thinks he’s smart.

  36. Lamar was incredible to watch, and this is from a Seahawk fan.

    To the Steeler fans on here saying Seattle only beat them because of a tricky tack pi penalty…..up here in Seattle, we saw that game as a ‘should have been a’ 17-20 point blowout that Seattle just let Pitt to hang around. If you notice the penalty discrepancy in the game it was something like 15-4 so try not to whine too much.

    Seahawk D gave up one TD, while the Seahawk O gifted 2.

    Russell Wilson needs help on Offense and I hope Schneider makes a couple trades. They lost Dissly for the season in theCleveland game and he was Wilson’s binky blanket.

  37. Gotta love all the arm-chair coaches looking at 9-20 and just saying oh he sucks throwing, I told you. This being done while disregarding the fact that the MVP on the other side of the field also completed less than 50% of his passes in that rain and that the Ravens receivers dropped 4 or 5 passes yesterday, including 3 by usually sure-handed Mark Andrews, one of which was a TD. But keep spinning your narratives from your basements, seems like the only thing they have to look forward to in life so I won’t take that away from you.

  38. Those citing 9-20 clearly didn’t watch the game. Many drops by guys who usually catch. One by Andrews in the end zone. Right in his hands. One of Lamar’s runs was after Andrews dropped one on 2nd down so on 3rd down Lamar just did what he had to do and ran for 30+ yards from the Ravens 12.

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