Bill Belichick on Lamar Jackson: “He’s definitely a problem”

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Two weeks ago, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talked up Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson before Seattle hosted Baltimore. And that didn’t keep Baltimore from winning the game.

With six days to go until the Patriots get their first shot at trying to slow down the best quarterback from the 2018 draft class, New England coach Bill Belichick already is talking up Jackson.

“[H]e’s very fast and he’s definitely a hard guy to handle,” Belichick told reporters on Monday. “That’s definitely a problem. He’s fast and that’s really a big problem. A lot of times he just outruns people. I mean, he’s got good moves, too. . . . [A] lot of times he just outruns people with his speed.

“Catching him is an issue, especially when he keeps the ball. A lot of times he’s running against a defensive end and the ends just aren’t fast enough. They have him but they don’t have him. He’s a problem. He’s definitely a problem.”

He’s more than a problem — he’s an MVP candidate who is becoming the dual-threat quarterback that he was at Louisville, with his skills translating well to the NFL game. Buoyed by that win in Seattle, the Ravens will emerge from the bye hoping to tighten up the race for the top seed in the AFC.

Although Belichick-coached defenses typically fare very well against first- and second-year quarterbacks. Belichick-coached defenses also have struggled at times with mobile quarterbacks. Combine that with the reality that John Harbaugh-coached Ravens teams have competed well against the Patriots, and next Sunday night’s game on NBC could be a very good one.

47 responses to “Bill Belichick on Lamar Jackson: “He’s definitely a problem”

  1. He just needs to get the passing game locked down. Once he has that, him and Mahones could be the best QBs of the next generation.

  2. LameMar is not really an issue. You defend him like other fake QB’s. You defend the run and shadow him and dare him to pass. The NFL has seen plenty of this type of running back who completes as many throws as running attempts. Once you take away his ability to run and to force him to throw from the pocket, he is nothing… well nothing but a bad hair day and an incomplete pass.

  3. Patriots defense being compared to their 16-0 offense. It’s appropriate because the season ending will have the same result of a loss in the postseason. Most unimpressive least intimidating 8-0 team in league history. Product of a historically weak schedule.

  4. NFLGuru says:
    October 28, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    He just needs to get the passing game locked down
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    Just the passing game? That’s it?

  5. It should be close….. for about the 1st Quarter…..
    Pats will have 2 spies on Jackson & be stuffing the box…. they will make him beat them thru the air & the Pats secondary is too good for him to be able to do that!!
    Brady will have BOTH Harry & a better/ more prepared Sanu in the offense & Guard S Mason should be back as well…….
    Pats 30-17 & only because it’s on the road…..

  6. The only way to prevent Jackson from taking off is to keep him in the pocket. That is a big ask. People keep on complaining that the Pats have a cupcake schedule. Starting on Sunday night,it gets very challenging. Should be a great game.

  7. Look I recognize all the achievements with NE. Wins, superbowls, all that. but Maybe it’s just me, it starts to get boring n not much excitement as a fan of the sports that watch other teams play on sundays.

  8. BB should really worry about his O-Line and his sputtering offense. The Ravens is different animal from the other teams they played. That being said, if they can stop Jackson from running then they’ll win.

  9. Jackson really is very elusive and seems to have better awareness this year. But the Pats have a lot of great players on defense. It’ll be very interesting to see how Belichick handles it; he always seems to have an answer for any defensive question.

  10. Ultraviolet Thunder says:
    October 28, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    LameMar is not really an issue. You defend him like other fake QB’s. You defend the run and shadow him and dare him to pass. The NFL has seen plenty of this type of running back who completes as many throws as running attempts. Once you take away his ability to run and to force him to throw from the pocket, he is nothing… well nothing but a bad hair day and an incomplete pass.
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    Brilliant analysis. I wonder why the 11 teams he’s beaten in 14 career games haven’t tried to do that.

  11. Belichick is about to give the league the blueprint on how to shut down Lamar. Just sit back and watch.

  12. IMO Pats fans are gettimg a little over excited. Balti is a tough place to win. Line is suspiciously low. Despite the usual whining about the sched amd the refs, Pats D is legit. I think this is gonna be a rock fight.

  13. Man to man, 8 in the box. Whatcha gonna do? The Pats have plenty of experience with guys like this. He’s not Wilson, he’s not Rodgers, he’s not Mahomes.

  14. Jackson is an average 63% passer, about 12 yds per completion, but leads the team in rushing with 6.9 yards per. Contain the run, make him throw.

  15. The second best offense will face the second best defense. Ravens will be well rested and are flying high after beating the Seahawks in Seattle. Ravens appear to be gaining momentum just as the Patriots are losing it.

    Patriots win 16-14.

  16. Jackson has been better than I expected this year. He’s still got room to improve passing but he’s got a lot of potential. I think this should be a close game.

  17. Gonna be a low-scoring slugfest. Lamar against that Pats D is clearly the match-up to watch. NE will try and stack the box but not sure that will matter since Baltimore’s identity is being physical and running the ball regardless. I’m not convinced you can really stop Lamar, only contain him. Bill hasn’t seen Lamar yet and I think that will be a factor here.Lamar will make 1 or 2 plays in a game where there aren’t many to be had.

    21-17 Ravens, give the Pats their first of only a few losses.

  18. Belichick always tries to take away a team’s biggest threat. Taking Lamar Jackson away is going to be a tall order,but if Cleveland beat these guys,so can the Pats. There’s lots of film to study. Lots of preparation needed for this one,and it should be one of the better games this season.

  19. Man to man, 8 in the box. Whatcha gonna do? The Pats have plenty of experience with guys like this. He’s not Wilson, he’s not Rodgers, he’s not Mahomes.

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    He is Lamar Jackson

  20. In the Belichick era regular season, Patriots are 7-1 against the Ravens, with the lone loss a 1-pointer in Baltimore on a last second FG Belichick argues was not inside the upright.

    The Patriots struggle more against the Ravens at home in the postseason (2-2).

  21. Doesn’t matter who the QB is in Baltimore, they always seem to give the Patriots trouble.

    They’re like the Dolphins…but with talent.

  22. Bill will treat this like any other mobile quarterback he faced, play a 4 down line with a corner spy on the quarterback and have them maintain gap responsibility..

  23. lofty99 says:
    October 28, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Look I recognize all the achievements with NE. Wins, superbowls, all that. but Maybe it’s just me, it starts to get boring n not much excitement as a fan of the sports that watch other teams play on sundays.
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    understand but I think its more exciting having the villain in every league that everyone wants to knock off. e.g. at various times the 49er, Steelers, Yankees, Cowboys, Packers, Celtics, Lakers, etc.

  24. TribeOfOne says:
    October 28, 2019 at 12:59 pm
    Patriots defense being compared to their 16-0 offense. It’s appropriate because the season ending will have the same result of a loss in the postseason. Most unimpressive least intimidating 8-0 team in league history. Product of a historically weak schedule.

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    Blathering judgement aside, what does a team need to do to be considered credible. 3 Super Bowl appearances in a row and an 8-0 start with 189 point differential just isn’t enough I guess.

  25. patsfan1820 says:
    October 28, 2019 at 1:14 pm
    Have to keep him in the pocket and stop Ingram. That’s the only way the Pats can win this game.

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    This Ravens team lost 40-25 to the Browns. They are playing well, but they aren’t unstoppable yet.

  26. What People gloss over is the fact the patriots have a ton of speed on that defense. This defense seems to be very well developed to defend against mobile QBs. With players like Mahomes, Rogers, and Jackson don’t for a moment think that was a mistake.

  27. Just watched a mediocre Browns line and Nick Chubb run all over the Patriots. The Ravens have a much better offensive line and running game. Should be a good matchup.

  28. itsnotcheese2934 says:
    October 28, 2019 at 1:44 pm
    Doesn’t matter who the QB is in Baltimore, they always seem to give the Patriots trouble.

    They’re like the Dolphins…but with talent.

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    True they play close games for the most part, but the Patriots are 8-3 and 2-2 in the Playoffs. Since Ray Lewis left the Ravens the Patriots are 3-0 and have won by an average of 15 points per game.

  29. torgow says:
    October 28, 2019 at 1:26 pm
    Man to man, 8 in the box. Whatcha gonna do? The Pats have plenty of experience with guys like this. He’s not Wilson, he’s not Rodgers, he’s not Mahomes.
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    Man to man is the worst possible defense to play against a QB like Lamar. He will run for 200 if they do that.

  30. after watching what the Chargers did to him last post-season, I think the league already has a blueprint on how to beat him – but he’s better this year.

    We’re about to find out how much better…

  31. This will be a difficult game for the Patriots for sure. We just watched the Browns Chubb run free against the Pats and could of won the game had they not turned the ball over four times.

    Jackson is faster then Rodgers, Mahomes and Wilson.

  32. We saw the Patriots defense isn’t that great when playing against a competent offense. Chubb ran all over them and they had to knock out Josh Allen when he was driving against them.

  33. Calm down everyone. Seriously. Lamar Jackson will play what’s given to him, and Bill will try to keep the kid thinking. However, if Eli Manning can beat a Belichick defense, frankly, anyone can.

  34. The Patriots defense seems to be the class of the league on that side of the ball this year so hats off to them. That said, they haven’t seen Jackson on the field yet. Watching him on tape is one thing but every defense that has played him has said as much afterwards that actually playing him is totally different. Not saying Jackson is going to throw or run all over them but they also haven’t had the benefit of playing him yet. Should be a great game for fans of the sport.

  35. ravens should be heavily favored since they are getting the pats at home and have an extra week of rest, and the pats are badly banged up. if they can’t manhandle the pats under those conditions I can only conclude that the ravens play in a very weak division since patriots just handed it to the second best team in afc north after also spotting them an extra week of prep. oh and by the way, when the pats get their bye, they don’t get to play a team on shorter rest.

  36. I can only conclude that the ravens play in a very weak division since patriots just handed it to the second best team in afc north after also spotting them an extra week of prep.
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    They already do. The AFC North absolutely reeks.

  37. thefiesty1 says:
    October 28, 2019 at 3:49 pm
    The Patriots are due fo a loss. That’s ok. They’ll beat them in the playoffs!

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    Maybe so but it won’t happen this week. Pats win big imo.

  38. solo681 says:
    October 28, 2019 at 3:16 pm
    This will be a difficult game for the Patriots for sure. We just watched the Browns Chubb run free against the Pats and could of won the game had they not turned the ball over four times.

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    Chubb fumbled twice. Also didn’t even get 3.5 yards per carry in the second half. I’d pump the brakes on the accolades

  39. Always funny reading so many comments from people that probably haven’t even seen the Ravens play this season. First of all, if you compare Rodgers and Mahomes to Lamar Jackson as far as running ability goes, you’re already disqualified. Lamar is on another level from any other QB this league has seen outside of maybe Michael Vick when it comes to speed, agility, and awareness when running. Second, 8 in the box, man to man, with a DB as a spy. Are you serious? I pray Bill does this so Lamar can run for 200+ yards. Seattle tried this exact thing and it worked for a half until Lamar realized his receivers weren’t getting separation and he was constantly being let down with dropped passes. Completely took over with his legs.

    I believe the genius in Bill Belichick will have 2 game plans for Lamar. One none of us have seen, and the other, he’ll probably try the San Diego approach from the playoffs last year in that he’ll play Dime with 6 DBs on the field. The problem with the Dime approach is the Ravens are running more 2 and 3 TE sets this year, and they have Mark Ingram. When this approach worked for SD, Lamar was a zero threat to pass, and the Ravens ran a lot of spread with 4 and 5 WR sets. If he tries this, he’s betting that his front 4 will dominate the Ravens Oline and stuff the big backs at the LOS. But if these backs get to the second level with this approach, it’ll be ugly. That’s of course assuming he tries this. None of us truly know what he has up his sleeve.

    This is an excellent matchup in my opinion. The genius of Bill Belichick who’s something like 21 and 0 in his last 21 games facing a QB that’s seeing him for the first time, against a Dynamic QB who’s playing better than any other young QB in the league right now outside of Pat Mahomes. I suspect Lamar will have his work cut out for him. Should be fun.

  40. bradygirl12 says:
    October 28, 2019 at 1:40 pm
    Belichick always tries to take away a team’s biggest threat. Taking Lamar Jackson away is going to be a tall order,but if Cleveland beat these guys,so can the Pats. There’s lots of film to study. Lots of preparation needed for this one,and it should be one of the better games this season.

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    Your logic is fouled. Just because team a beats team b, doesn’t mean team c will beat team b. And the biggest reason the Browns beat us this year is because Brandon Williams was out. If you don’t know him or his role, look him up.

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