Earl Thomas: Lamar Jackson is the MVP

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Ravens safety Earl Thomas says the best player in the NFL is in Baltimore.

Thomas said after Sunday’s win over the Patriots that quarterback Lamar Jackson deserves to be the league’s Most Valuable Player.

“Lamar played MVP-type football. He’s separating himself,” Thomas said.

Thomas said the Ravens are led by their offense, and he and his defensive teammates play a supporting role.

“It starts with Lamar and the offense and the running game,” Thomas said. “Us on defense, we just try to give the ball back to them and create more stops and let the MVP do his thing,” Thomas said.

Thomas said he was thrilled to hear the Baltimore crowd chanting “MVP” at Jackson.

“I’m right with the crowd. I mean that. This man is the MVP. I’m right behind him. I’m backing him. He makes my job easier,” Thomas said.

That’s high praise from a respected veteran for a young player who’s performing at an elite level.

84 responses to “Earl Thomas: Lamar Jackson is the MVP

  1. He is the MVP. People doubted him because of the way he looks and talks, had nothing to do with his character, ability to lead or skills on the football field. The proof was in the pudding at Louisville, and he’s only going to get better as the years progress. He’s so much fun to watch.

  2. The AFC has an exciting group of young QB’s with Mahomes, Watson, & Jackson! Hopefully going to make for nice post-season battles for years to come!

  3. The Sunday 11/3 MVP for sure. Rest of season, not too sure. But the kid did ball out yesterday. Good for him, the team and the city.
    – not a raven fan

  4. As a Steelers’ fan, it pains me to say this, but the Ravens played a great game last night, aside from the turnovers, which they were able to overcome. IMO, Jackson is playing quite well, and deserves to, at least, be in the running for MVP. People have to get over the fact that these guys aren’t perfect, not everyone is going to be the prototypical QB. In the ultimate end, it’s all about the Ws.

  5. Russell Wilson thanks.

    What is Lamar Jackson’s passer rating? TDs vs INTs?

    Lamar Jackson is dynamic as all get-out as a runner but the Seahawks are 7-2 with a bad defense. 5 TDs 0 ints yesterday…Seattle’s kicker misses the game winner so Russell goes to OT and drives for the game-winning TD pass, taking the kicker out of it.

    I am biased but it is hard to argue against RW when you look at the numbers. 1 interception all year…

  6. Earl being Earl. Ingram might be your offensive co-MVP.

    There is an age dynamic with Thomas. Because he, Sherman, and Wilson were all the same age…..they just bashed Russell due to being envious. Now that these guys are old, on their last legs/big contract and a little wiser/long in the tooth, they have nothing but praise for their younger QBs in Jimmy G and L Jackson.

  7. Not overly impressed with what I saw last night. Yes the Ravens are running a high school offense and I don’t think it’s sustainable. Once you stop the running game this offense comes to a grinding halt.

  8. youngnoize says:
    November 4, 2019 at 11:47 am
    He is the MVP. People doubted him because of the way he looks and talks, had nothing to do with his character, ability to lead or skills on the football field. The proof was in the pudding at Louisville, and he’s only going to get better as the years progress. He’s so much fun to watch.
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    I have absolutely no hatred toward the Ravens and thoroughly enjoy watching Lamar Jackson play. But this ‘people were/are rooting against Jackson because ______________’ stuff is so overblown its not even funny.

    The only thing I have ever seen is people asking LEGIT questions about how long his style of play can potentially hold up (fwiw…I think such criticisms are quite dumb, as his play has seemed to repeatedly show). It isn’t ‘hating’ to as such questions, and people ask questions about literally every QB that has every played the game.

    Jackson has definitely played himself into consideration, but if the season ended today the MVP is Russell Wilson hands down. 22 tds & 1 int with that god awful defense and o line. It isn’t at all ridiculous to say that Seattle would be 0-9 without him.

  9. BB going vanilla is all I needed to see. There is no way those are their best schemes or personnel. Very odd, but now it makes sense. Love the rope a dope, making Balimor feel all invincible. Will be sweet come January. He wasn’t going to give up their true gampeplan in case they meet in January. That said, Baltimore played better and made the plays needed to be made in the 4th.

    But, he is in no way shape or form the MVP when he can’t throw. It’s all Kaepernick stuff that will hit a wall. Just a matter of when.

  10. Way too soon…we’re only halfway through the season. There are lots of guys playing great football this year. You’d think the Ravens won the Super Bowl last night. It was ONE game,and they still lost to Cleveland. This MVP race is wide open.

  11. Watson, Rodgers, Brady, Cooks are all ahead of Jackson in my opinion. And Mahomes will likely shoot up pretty quick on the list when he’s back too.

    That all said Jackson has exceeded anyone’s expectations and is definitely in the discussion.

    Earl Thomas is vastly overrated. After watching him this year I’m glad KC didn’t get him. He has the Seattle defensive mindset, but he’s now missing the ability part that he had prior to his injury.

  12. I think russel is having a great year but besides the rams who have they beat??? The next few weeks will be a good test because the have some really good teams coming up..

  13. Remember BB would figure out Jackson and handout the blueprint to the other 30 teams? Well if only life was that simple to have someone hand over how to deal with.

  14. Not overly impressed with what I saw last night. Yes the Ravens are running a high school offense and I don’t think it’s sustainable. Once you stop the running game this offense comes to a grinding halt.
    ____________________________

    I thought BB would have figured it out by now. No?

  15. If you had that attitude in Seattle, you would have gotten the bigger contract there and would have been a Seahawk for life…like Wilson will be.

  16. I was a big Flacco fan up to last year and am really glad the Ravens decided to go all in with Lamar. He’s really fun to watch and the whole team is doing well. Let the Ravens continue to play this well and I think the accolades will come. Lamar seems to be quite humble and is easy to like. Keep up the great work!

  17. Undefeated Niners fan here. Good game last night, uncharacteristic mistakes by the Pats, strong running game by Ravens. Two solid teams for sure.
    Lamar is a special athlete but I don’t see anything that is orders-of-magnitude greater than prior running QBs. Vick was a much better passer- not even close. Lamar’s sidearm sling just wont allow him to be consistent enough over time, especially in cold/bad weather playoffs.
    On an objective basis it is laughable how people want to trash Brady’s performance this season and annoint Lamar as the heir. Remove Lamar’s first game against the Dolphins and he has been statistically average at best. And please stop with the “AFC East stinks” arguments too. The East is better than the AFC North. The stats don’t lie.
    Both teams play a tough schedule over the next 5 weeks, and we’ll see where things stand then. I am looking forward to our front line against the Ravens and Lamar.

  18. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 4, 2019 at 12:13 pm
    Not overly impressed with what I saw last night. Yes the Ravens are running a high school offense and I don’t think it’s sustainable. Once you stop the running game this offense comes to a grinding halt.

    Thank you Jets fan for weighing in!

    Signed,
    Nobody

  19. One good game vs Miami makes you the MVP? I guess Trubisky should be in the debate as well…he had one good game this season as well.

  20. Calling MVP at mid-season, Harbaugh buying the team belts for going 6-2… motivation is important, but you’d think they’d learn from the pile of ruined seasons of teams that came before them to not get ahead of themselves on stuff like this.

    The Super Bowl is in February. Right now they’re sounding too much like the letterman-jacket Texans for comfort.

  21. Someone cue Dennis Green. As much as I like to agree, has anyone onsidered Bill B. did not show all of his defensive arsenal last night? i don’t even think he was calling the plays.

  22. rohanz2000 says:
    November 4, 2019 at 12:30 pm
    Not overly impressed with what I saw last night. Yes the Ravens are running a high school offense and I don’t think it’s sustainable. Once you stop the running game this offense comes to a grinding halt.
    ____________________________

    I thought BB would have figured it out by now. No?

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    This the first time the Patriots have played the Jackson edition of the Ravens. If you think it’s the best the Pats will do against them, you haven’t been paying attention these last 15 years…

  23. “Watson, Rodgers, Brady, Cooks are all ahead of Jackson in my opinion”

    Clearly a Pats fan putting Brady in the mix for MVP. Not looking as good this year as he has in past years when he was MVP caliber.

  24. He’s a bonafide candidate whether the haters want to admit it or not, I don’t think he’ll end up winning it at the end of the day though. Still doesn’t take away from what he is doing. You don’t need to throw for 300+ and 3 TDs every game if your running backs alone can put up 150 on the ground with him chipping in as well. 2 of the 5 INTs on the season he has weren’t even picks from the Steelers game and for as much as he has the ball in his hands, his fumbling issues have gotten immensely improved since his rookie year.

  25. Jimmy Garoppolo should be the MVP leader right now.

    I don’t know if it will hold up, they may lose their next game, but all the factors are there.

    We now have three seasons of proof that San Francisco wins almost every game with him and loses almost every game without him.

    The 49ers are third in points per game. That is how we should judge a QB: how well they run the offense. A QB shouldn’t get all the credit because they hit a two yard touchdown pass on a drive that was set up by a big punt return and a big rush. Conversely, they shouldn’t get no credit because they hit 7 passes to get it to the one yard line and then someone vultured the ball in.

    Of course they have talent around him, but he is more valuable to this team than any other player in football.

  26. “Ravens safety Earl Thomas says the best player in the NFL is in Baltimore.”

    Best player does not = MVP. IMO, the best player in the league right now is that guy who plays for Carolina. The MVP at this point is that guy in Baltimore. If he is injured on the first play of the Cincy game next week, the Ravens are fortunate to go 4-4 the rest of the way.

    I say this as a Steelers fan (since 1968). I wish Mr. Jackson played for an NFC team so that I could wish him nothing but endless success. He is fun to watch, extremely effective, a born leader, and a humble man.

  27. I am a Patriots fan and as much as I hate to see my team lose — Lamar Jackson and the Ravens looked great last night. I think the league has some really great young QB’s — Jackson, Watson, Mahomes will be fun to watch for a long time.

    Congratulations to the Ravens on a great game.

  28. Be careful what you wish for. The team that has the NFL MVP has not won the Super Bowl that some season for almost 20 years. THe last time an NFL MVP won the SB was when Kurt Warner was a member of the St. Louis Rams. and they won it because of a terrific goal line stand.

  29. Hey Ravens fans! Congrats on the week nine SB victory and that team photo will be a nice addition to the front office wall.

  30. Fans are happy about this so called “super bowl win” because it shuts up the insufferable Pats fans for a while. The players on the other hand, based on the locker room interviews, understand this was another win and that’s it. The coaches have them dialed in.

  31. All this gloating over a week 9 victory. I dislike the Pats as much as anyone but do us all a favor, do it in the post season. If they meet up again and Lamar gets leveled on a run play and they get sent home with their tail between their legs, who wins? And you think you dislike them now? Pats are the epitome of who laughs last, laughs best.

  32. At this point, he has a case. Especially Baltimore’s entire offense is built around the young man and he is so dynamic. Since it’s so unique that without him it wouldn’t work and that presents a strong argument about the “valuable” part of the award. He’s a baller!

  33. Been on the Lamar train since before it was popular, but Earl Thomas doesn’t give his side of the ball enough credit. Ravens offense spent a lot of 2nd quarter coughing it up helping the Patriots get back in it; Ravens D mitigated what normally is mealtime for likes of Hoody. And normal Patsy game plan assumptions like Brady remaining upright or Edelman sneaking around underneath suddenly weren’t true anymore, and it hurt them bad before Lamar took one step.

  34. Jackson is lightning in a bottle…and is really special…but it is not lost on Seattle Seahawks fans that Earl Thomas would forget about how good Russell Wilson has been over the last nine weeks….Wilson has 22 touchdowns and only one interception…without Wilson, the Seahawks would be in big trouble because their defense is not playing very well….

  35. R Wilson 118.2 Rating with 22 TDs and 1 Int. Yds 2505 YPA 8.5 & another 203 yards rushing
    L Jackson 95.4 Rating with 12 TDs and 5 Int. Yds 1813 YPA 7.6 & another 637 yards rushing

    Great game and great weapon but not there yet.

  36. Andy Dalton throws for 390 yards, get’s benched.

    Jackson throws for 170 yards and is MVP?

    Too hilarious, too predictable. He isn’t the MVP. He isn’t even good. But he notches off that one category being pushed hard so I guess that’s all that matters.

  37. Always happens the first season a mobile QB plays and dominates….one more year he will be brought down to his true level. Same thing happened with Kaepernick, same with Wilson their first years. All put on a pedestal at first, but once their game plan gets figured out it will be back to reality. With all that said, great and hard fought game by the Ravens. They will be seen again..

  38. I just want to point out that last year ya’ll said he was figured out. Last week ya’ll said BB will show the NFL the game plan to stop him. Many repeat the same mantra that mobile QBs always get hurt or get figured out. Was Brissett a mobile QB? Or Brees, Flacco, Tribisky, Allen, or Foles? Here we are.

    He is the only QB of that draft class in the MVP discussion. Its a good time to be a Ravens fan.

  39. Just face it. Mobile QBs are here to stay. Go to a high school game. Maybe tune in on Saturday and you’ll see that the best QBs are the one bringing a dual threat.

    The game is getting way too fast for the old prototypical QB being phased out. You’re witnessing a transition from Brady to Rodgers to Wilson to Watson, Mahomes, Jackson,etc.

    It’s here – embrace it. The NFL has to reflect the pool of players in it pipeline from Pop Warner – up.

  40. LOL.This all but assures the Patriots will represent the AF C if these two teams meet again in the playoffs.

    Just to use one of a few available examples, the 6-0 Patriots went into Pittsburgh on Halloween weekend in 2004 and got whipped. In just the first few minutes they fell behind 21-0. The rest of the away they split the points and Pittsburgh won 38-21.

    Later that year in the AFCCG, the Patriots (14-2) marched into Pittsburgh (15-1) and scored the first 24 points on route to a 41-27 win.

    The Ravens unwittingly deprived themselves of every motivational edge — not to mention Belichick now has film to study.

  41. ravensbob says:
    November 4, 2019 at 2:58 pm
    Lamar is 12-3 as a starter. Enough said
    —————-
    0-1 in the playoffs,looked lost and played like garbage. Nuff said.

  42. They best be making the trophy with his name on it. If he doesn’t win MVP, racism at this point. So, may as well give it to him now and get it over with.

  43. MVP based on what? 12TD passes or the 1800 passing yards oh wait the 5ints Lamar is a good player but MVP lets just stop right here. (I’m bias) Russell Wilson has had better all around numbers than Jackson (thus far) for far longer and was considered a “Game Manager” now some one with these numbers is in the discussion for MVP, again I ask based on what?

  44. I’m a Ravens fan but honestly what is the big rush all of a sudden to rate players for offseason awards so early in the season? Sure, Lamar is doing great things and helping the team win games. But slow down on the awards stuff.

  45. I am so glad that Earl has had enough time To carefully evaluate all of the great candidates for this trivial individual award and picked his teammate to win it with the season only half done. I can hardly wait to see who wins it! Tom Brady has won it three times already, and in each of those years, failed to win a Super Bowl. Strangely enough, you have to go all the way back to 1999 to find an MVP they also won the Super Bowl that year -Kurt Warner. As patriots fans, we much prefer the Lombardi’s to the MVP’s. The Ravens played a good game On Sunday night and should be commended.
    However, to get in this hyperbolic prisoner of the moment frenzy has been done by many others ( last year it was Mahomes-mania) while the Patriots have triple the Super Bowl trophies of the second place rivals in this 21st century.
    So, Earl and the “ Next Big Thing” starved media can slather our young Lamar in anointing oil, like so many others before him, my money will remain on the Patriots to learn from this sloppy loss, make needed corrections and move towards #7.
    As for Lamar- beware of how slippery anointing oil can make things…

  46. tylawspick6 says:
    November 4, 2019 at 12:22 pm
    BB going vanilla is all I needed to see.

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    So BB willing took a loss that could impact home field advantage? Is that why BB’s vein in his head looked like it was about to burst at any time?

  47. Lamar played a great game against the Patriots, but it is a bit premature to be calling him the MVP at this point. If the Ravens can keep it up, he will certainly be in the race. Personally, however I think Patrick Mahomes is a better QB.

  48. But wait! What happened to “Set to slice and dice!”…that’s what one soothsayer said about this game heading into it. Now it’s about INTENTIONALLY going vanilla and losing? Puh leeze!

  49. Don’t you realize that BB deliberately lost the Superbowl to the Eagles so he could beat them in two weeks? That’s how the Belicheat genius mind works!

    SWFLPC.INC says:
    November 5, 2019 at 9:19 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    November 4, 2019 at 12:22 pm
    BB going vanilla is all I needed to see.
    ———
    So BB willing took a loss that could impact home field advantage? Is that why BB’s vein in his head looked like it was about to burst at any time?

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  50. Isn’t Lamar just a system QB too? He is clearly not a pocket passer. I don’t think someone averaging 170 yds per game, 1 TD pass, close to 1 interception, and only 60% completion rate (excluding game 1 vs Dolphins) is an MVP.
    But he does rush for 90 yards a game and clearly is effective. So the Ravens smartly have designed an offensive system around him that maximizes his abilities.
    But I thought “system” QBs like were not legitimate in the eyes of so many experts? Is Lamar different somehow? Do the Ravens not have a specific system (you know, the one they spoke about in the preseason that would revolutionize the game)?

  51. Lol…. He’s having a good season but…. He might not even be in the top 3…

    RW is head and shoulders ahead, Mahomes has lost time and still has more yds, TDs and fewer INTs. I’d put Desean Watson ahead of him too. I’d probably have Brady above him too….

  52. “I am so glad that Earl has had enough time To carefully evaluate all of the great candidates for this trivial individual award and picked his teammate to win it with the season only half done. I can hardly wait to see who wins it! Tom Brady has won it three times already, and in each of those years, failed to win a Super Bowl. Strangely enough, you have to go all the way back to 1999 to find an MVP they also won the Super Bowl that year -Kurt Warner. As patriots fans, we much prefer the Lombardi’s to the MVP’s. The Ravens played a good game On Sunday night and should be commended.
    However, to get in this hyperbolic prisoner of the moment frenzy has been done by many others ( last year it was Mahomes-mania) while the Patriots have triple the Super Bowl trophies of the second place rivals in this 21st century.
    So, Earl and the “ Next Big Thing” starved media can slather our young Lamar in anointing oil, like so many others before him, my money will remain on the Patriots to learn from this sloppy loss, make needed corrections and move towards #7.
    As for Lamar- beware of how slippery anointing oil can make things…”

    Wow. Is this what happens when your team wins all the time?

    It’s a game.

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