Earl Thomas: Defenses are targeting Lamar Jackson’s legs

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As Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson continues to wreak havoc as a running back, the Ravens are concerned about teams trying to wreak havoc on him, personally.

Via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, safety Earl Thomas said Tuesday that he believes teams are targeting Jackson’s legs, and that the officials need to afford Jackson greater protection.

(Jackson wasn’t willing to go that far; “They’re trying to make a tackle and I’m trying to make them miss,” he said, via Hensley.)

Quarterbacks have extension protections when behind the line of scrimmage. Once they become runners, all protections unique to quarterbacks evaporate. At that point, a running quarterback literally becomes a running back, with any and all types of hits fair game — except an opponent lowering his helmet to initiate contact, a protection that all applies to all players.

It’s a fine line, a delicate balance. But until the rules are changed to provide greater protections for running backs or quarterbacks who choose to run, they are fair game for legal hits to the legs, or any other body part. And if the quarterback wants to avoid that type of hit, the quarterback needs to stay behind the line of scrimmage, where he enjoys maximum protection.

For defenses, the message is obvious, albeit largely unspoken in the post-Bountygate NFL: If the most important player on the field chooses to abandon the special protections given to the most important player on the field, he does so at his own risk. It’s an important point to remember as the Ravens prepare to face the Jets, whose defense is coordinated by Gregg Williams, the godfather of the now-defunct bounty programs that were once a common part of NFL culture.

139 responses to “Earl Thomas: Defenses are targeting Lamar Jackson’s legs

  1. Maybe because he’s to quick to tackle high so defenders dive for his legs? I’m pretty sure not intentionally trying to hurt Lamar. Just trying to get him down in whatever way possible

  2. Shouldn’t a claim like that be accompanied by evidence? Presumably this means he’s being tackled in different ways than every other QB and player, so there should be ample evidence to support it.

    Or maybe Thomas is just trying to do a little social engineering to keep defenders away from what everyone knows the team’s season, and future, is hanging on.

  3. Al Davis era baby.

    If you gotta hurt him to win the game, you do it.

    I’m not saying it’s right I’m just saying Machavelli would agree.

  4. a rule that protects all runners legs past the line of scrimmage will herald the return of the star running back. No hi tackles, no low tackles. Rugby tackles only.

  5. So Earl is preaching what he never does, the guy is a rocket at the knees of any player he tries to tackle. Lamar will learn to slide to go out of bounds or he will be out of the league in a few years from hitters like Earl. Though, if the Ravens are smart they will use up Lamar draft another running QB and let Lamar walk in free agency, saves a lot of money for the other players.

  6. The rules now are fine. If a QB stays behind the line or gives themselves up and slides, he’s protected. If he’s running the ball just as an RB would past the line of scrimmage, then he’s open to taking the same hits as an RB. Anything else puts the defense at an unfair disadvantage. If you don’t want your QB hurt, don’t have him run.

  7. Whether his legs are being targeted or not, sooner or later, a running QB gets hurt. History tells us this. The Ravens and Jackson need to continue to do what they’re doing, and win it all before that happens. Simple as that.

  8. when you are a runner you get tackled by your legs!!! just like RG3 he will not last as a QB if his biggest asset is his legs. It just doesn’t work as a QB.

  9. When did Earl Thomas turn into such a crybaby? Most of his tackles are targeted at players legs. I guess he’s ok with injuring opposing players as long as his guys are protected. Play the game bum

  10. Officials need to give Lamar greater protection? Why? Is he somebody special? Should the rule be changed for running QBs? He’s young, strong, fast, gifted. He takes risks and he reaps the consequences, good or bad. Mostly good, though.

  11. It’s a tough balance. Lamar does indeed deserve protection but that would put defenses at an even bigger disadvantage. But you could also have said the same when the league changed the rules to protect Brady and Aaron Rodgers. It wouldn’t be a good look for the league if Lamar is injured and they do nothing.

  12. Once the Patriots play the Ravens in the playoffs, the book will be out on Lamar Jackson. Destroy him every RPO, with the ball or not. Once he’s blown up 2 or 3 times when he isn’t even carrying the ball it will put a stop to this fad real quick.

  13. I’ve watched 3 Ravens games this year and though I am no Baltimore fan to share their bias, I do not recall noticing anything close to teams trying to injure Lamar Jackson, which is what Earl Thomas is implying.

    #FakeNews

    Just play the game hard, tough, within the rules and everybody experiences good football. Nothing fine or delicate about that.

  14. If Earl Thomas wants to get on the air and proclaim that someone is targeting Jackson’s legs he should man up and name specific players he believes are trying to injure Jackson. It should be very easy to get a cut of videos where he believes the defenders are playing dirty.

    Name names or shut up.

  15. (Jackson wasn’t willing to go that far; “They’re trying to make a tackle and I’m trying to make them miss,” he said, via Hensley.)

    This is what Lamar said

  16. lets see, you cant touch the head, you cant fall on them so going mid is risky. you cant drag them down because they are to athletic and can get out of it. and now when they are running the ball you dont want them to go low?

    time for a new rule, if you touch the QB with 2 hands its a sack. and they have to wear a pink too too with leggings while playing QB

  17. Duh,
    Question:
    How do you stop someone from running?

    Answer:
    Take out his legs!

    If you don’t like to get hit, stay in the pocket and throw it or take a dive like Brady before you are hit.

  18. It is understandable that the NFL team from Baltimore would demand greater protection while they game the positional integrity each position is bound by.

    We have a classic case of a running QB in Seattle that has established a 7 year career benchmark of what is acceptable for runs against passes and he averages 6 carries per game.

    Unfortunately the NFL Baltimore team games the rules by having their artificial QB run for about 11 carries per game; I agree with the Earl of Audacity and we need to protect Lame before he is taken out.

    I offer a six run rule – you get to choose what happens after the sixth carry (and you must do so before the game starts) – lose your QB once he hits the sixth run and he is disqualified for the rest of the game, or your QB loses any QB safety protections after that point and he is allowed to play the game as a running back and no other protections. What Baltimore is trying to do is to cheat, game the system, and to receive greater protection for a guy who runs first and interrupts that with passes. He is not a QB. He is a running back impersonating a QB and getting EXTRA protection that he does not deserve.

    As for the Earl of Audacity, I would like to have his career audited to see if he tackles people by the legs!

  19. I’m so tired of bias, hypocritical, uninformed comments. Know the entire story before you comment. Earl Thomas is taking up for his QB just like any player would. The hits he’s referencing are in the POCKET. This was the second game in a row where players are diving at Lamar’s legs while he’s in the pocket PASSING, which is ILLEGAL.They caught the one against SF and threw the flag. There were 3 Buffalo tried that I saw, 2 Lamar jumped out the way after releasing the ball, the 3rd one was on his 60 yard TD pass that the refs missed. If I were the Ravens I absolutely would sound the alarm. In 2008 when Bernard Pollard went low on Brady, tearing his ACL, fans went crazy. During the offseason the NFL changed the rules to protect QBs legs while they’re in the pocket. The Brady Rule. It’s starting to become obvious that all these genius coordinators plans for stopping Lamar is to try and hurt him. They haven’t been able to get clean shots on him running because of his elusiveness, so they’re taking cheap shots in the pocket and it’s becoming more obvious.

  20. “…and they have to wear a pink too too with leggings while playing QB.”
    ++++++++++

    Pretty sure Cam could get behind that.

  21. You already can’t go high on people so now ET wants it to be illegal to go low on people? I wonder how many times ET has tackled someone the same way he’s complaining about how Lamar is being tackled. Suck it up buttercup.

  22. This is how it starts. Look at the protection the QB has in the pocket. Basically anything but the lightest of tackles will get you an unnecessary roughness penalty. Started with complaints that QB’s were getting hit too much. Now they start to becoming runners, and people complain that they are getting hit too much, too hard or too low. Mark my words, its going to snowball, and the rules will change and be different for a QB running as opposed to a RB. Maybe that red shirt they wear in practice will become their game time uniform as well, and actually touching them will get you penalized, fined and suspended. Put them bubble wrap boys, they are delicate…

  23. shutupbrees says:
    December 10, 2019 at 6:18 pm
    Once the Patriots play the Ravens in the playoffs, the book will be out on Lamar Jackson. Destroy him every RPO, with the ball or not. Once he’s blown up 2 or 3 times when he isn’t even carrying the ball it will put a stop to this fad real quick.

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    Nailed it.

    And that back up center they now have kinda sucks which is why buffalo almost beat them. If they had a qb, they would have.

    Time to expose the Baltimore Frauds at the end of the season and into the playoffs.

    It will be glorious to watch.

  24. Richard Sherman brought up a valid point earlier – he points out that Jackson shouldn’t even get the QB protections behind the line of scrimmage when he is clearly a runner – he lines up – takes the snap and immediately starts running – he is a running back in that situation- even if he is behind the line of scrimmage – or is a running back by position designation and number given the same protections when he takes the snap? If he’s running – whether behind the line of scrimmage or not – and the play was clearly never a pass play – then defenders should be allowed to tackle him like they would any other player.

  25. Pretty soon QBs will not be allowed to be tackled at all and defenders will be forced to vociferously try to convince them to take a knee.

  26. Really? That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. If he keeps running that’s the chance he takes. Thomas is off his rocker.

  27. Pretty soon QBs will not be allowed to be tackled at all and defenders will be forced to vociferously try to convince them to take a knee.
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    There must be a Kap joke in there somewhere….

  28. After hus actual headshot to Rudolph, I think we can take Earl’s nightmare that someone will take their QB out with a grain of salt.

    Cry me a river.

  29. Maybe Thomas’s SB prediction, is in jeopardy.

    Of course he is concerned.

    Let’s put a skirt on him Earl.

    smh

  30. maukey says:
    December 10, 2019 at 6:54 pm
    In 2008 when Bernard Pollard went low on Brady, tearing his ACL, fans went crazy. During the offseason the NFL changed the rules to protect QBs legs while they’re in the pocket. The Brady Rule.
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    Actually it was 2006 and the Carson Palmer rule.

  31. This tylaw clown is an absolute shambles, he’s been in an out of control meltdown ever since the latest patriots cheating incident, compulsively telling everyone how everyone other than him is crazy.

    What an absolute mess. You’re not on the team son. You’re just another loser who needs to try to live through others, like the Pats fans booing their team as they got worked by the Chiefs.

  32. If Jackson leaves the pocket and takes off like 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (that’s how it is spelled), then guess what, Earl Thomas? Your QB is a RUNNER, and he is fair game. Stop crying.

  33. Earl Thomas: Defenses are targeting Lamar Jackson’s legs
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    Very easy to resolve, stay in the pocket where they aren’t allowed to hit him high or low,
    leave the pocket and lose that protection, its actually very simple.

    BTW I don’t know why they’re crying since Lamar still hasn’t received his “welcome to the NFL” hit yet!

  34. purpleguy says:
    December 10, 2019 at 7:07 pm
    Pretty soon QBs will not be allowed to be tackled at all and defenders will be forced to vociferously try to convince them to take a knee.
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    To quote Hudson from ‘Aliens’: “What the h*** are we supposed to use, man, harsh language???”

  35. I don’t believe anyone is trying to hurt Lamar.

    It’s proven that any quarterback, running or not can get hurt.

    I will say since he’s mentioned in the post that Greg Williams is a dirt bag and should not be coaching in the NFL at all.

    It would be a shame if an amazing talent like Lamar was damaged because he was subjected to that guy’s coaching.

  36. Prediction: Lamar is going to get hurt. He runs too much, hands off too much where you can’t tell if he did it or not. He seems really smart and good at protecting himself, but this can’t last. Knee, hip, shoulder, hand, SOMETHING is going to get damaged. He’s amazing to watch and I have to give Harbaugh credit for going all in on what he can do, but this is not sustainable. The more he jukes, fakes and throws on the run, the more he exposes himself to defenders desperate to take him down and the higher the likelihood that someone hurts him. These are just facts.

  37. Earl Thomas “Stop going after my QB’s knees, hit him in the head the old fashioned way just like I did when I hit 6’5 Mason Rudolph in the chin, even though he was jumping at the time and I am only 5’10.”

  38. News Flash: Every player might get hurt. I’ll take my chances with Lamar for as long as it lasts. Hit him if you can once beyond the line of scrimmage. This 22 year old got through some tough times as a kid and is one of the finest role models so far. We’ll see for how long. It’s just so glorious to make the haters seethe with jealousy right now. Not enjoying it too much or taking it for granted. I for one think it’s unlikely we’ll go undefeated the rest of the way. Baltimore hasn’t had anyone like this since Cal Ripken Jr., now known as the other #8.

  39. Ask Newton about the lack of protection he got when the team felt it was a good idea to use him as a running threat. He runs too much and has a pretty good stiff arm. Naturally a defender will go lower. This is why an Uber mobile QB doesn’t last in the NFL.

  40. His injury and his only big hits this season have occurred in the pocket. Treat him like any other runner but also protect him like any other QB in the pocket and do not allow the low hits at the knees. Actually in thinking about it the officiating is so bad not sure they know the difference or care.

  41. Well that was a completely useless and pointless diatribe about what happens when a QB runs past the line of scrimmage. Earl Thomas wasn’t talking about that. He was talking about the hits Lamar has taken the last 3 weeks when sitting back to THROW the ball. Go back and watch the games. Pass rushers are diving low even when Lamar doesn’t see them coming and they could’ve gotten a much harder “highlight” hit on him.

  42. Running Quarterbacks are a rare and dying species in today’s NFL…………VICK, RG3……short lived careers and enjoy it while it lasts with that gimmicky offense soon to be exposed!!

  43. That’s rich from a guy who targets QBs heads. The ravens are playing Russian roulette every time they call his run plays. All it takes is one bullet. ask his backup

  44. fartweasel says:
    December 10, 2019 at 6:12 pm
    Whether his legs are being targeted or not, sooner or later, a running QB gets hurt. History tells us this. The Ravens and Jackson need to continue to do what they’re doing, and win it all before that happens. Simple as that.

    tvguy22 says:
    December 10, 2019 at 6:08 pm
    This is why running QBs don’t last.

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    Its Really quite funny how “Perception very RARELY resembles TRUTH. Case in point, the entire “Running QB’s are more frequently injured/have shorter careers” MISNOMER. There is a Excellent article on another reputable site that shows that there is ZERO DATA to support that Mobile QB’s incur more frequent/severe injuries. And IN FACT the COMPLETE OPPOSITE is what the DATA Shows. The FACTS Prove that FAR MORE INJURIES occur to QB’s in the Pocket. People have the Audacity to bring up Cam being injured, while the “POCKET QB” Andrew Luck having 1 less Seasons in the league had already missed more time than Cam and is now RETIRED……

  45. Love reading all of the Ravens haters. Just sit back and watch from your couches come super bowl time. As for this thread the dirty hits have been while Lamar is throwing in the pocket. Not running. Nonetheless the road to the super bowl runs through B’more. Enjoy it.

  46. Just don’t run as much or as others said fall down, duck, slide, run out of bounds,spin, and do some La-magic. You don’t have to score on every play. I remember Barry Sanders was so good and rarely got hurt because he always dove to the ground when he knew the play was over. He saved himself many times. I watched every game he played. He did it smart. He was the best I’ve ever seen at avoiding a big hit.

    These last 3 games pass some more and get ready for the playoffs. That way if they expect run burn them with the pass.

  47. As a Ravens fan who has watched every game this year, I have no clue what Thomas is talking about here. Jackson himself is not saying anything about it other than the above quote because there is nothing to say about it. Where do you tackle at this point? Earl turning out to be an overpriced acquisition at the moment, Chuck Clark is making a bigger impact at safety than he is, especially since he is the one relaying the play calls anyway.

  48. You could see the shock on the 49ers’ faces when they were penalized for hitting Lamar. They are used to being allowed to thrash Russell Wilson and exoected to be allowed to do the same to Lamar.

  49. Watch a rugby game. That’s how you tackle most effectively and guess what? They aim for the thighs of the ball carrier.

  50. Earl is simply trying to gain any edge he can for his team. If he can put the thought in the refs mind to watch for how Lamar is being tackled, maybe they get a flag at some point that they might not have had he remained silent.

    It’s simply smart.

    Any advantage helps.

  51. Jackson doesn’t need to run to be able to beat the Jets. This could be a game the Ravens put on film their offense being more “conventional” and still winning the game. Scary thought and I’m certainly not a Ravens fan.

  52. I’m glad to hear that Earl Thomas has finally come over to the player safety side of the table. For years I have watched him make vicious hits on opponents. I really did not appreciate him breaking Gronk in 2016. I remember him targeting Shane Vereen in the Super Bowl during one of the fourth quarter drives. He threw a flag. The Patriots scored. He knows the rest.

  53. It’s a passing league, and the rules are designed to help the passing game. NFL popularity and revenues are at an all time high, and NFL football is the most popular source of entertainment in America. The majority of that money is coming from fans who want to see the football being thrown. Don’t expect any changes to the rules that would help promote running QB’s. It’s just not going to happen.

  54. I think these comments are more of a “message” to other teams. If you target our QB, and you know when a player is being targeted, we’ll return the favor. So don’t target.

    I think this is fair. And I stand by Earl. I also wouldn’t expect our team to be targeting players to begin with, but retaliation is another issue.

  55. …..and Brees, and Brady, and Rodgers, and Luck, and Watson, and Mahomes, and Rivers, and Roethlisberger, and Wilson, and Ryan, and, and, and.

  56. Earl Thomas talk a lot, but you didnt do him a lot of justice here by quoting his comments out of context. Thomas was referring to the fact that Jackson has been getting hit low while he’s in the pocket.

    I’m not sure why he’s crying though. Both times it happened in the last two weeks flags were thrown. What else are the refs supposed to do?

  57. Is the same Earl Thomas that knocked a QB out cold with a hit to the head? How ironic that this idiot thinks what he said is even remotely unbiased. Earl is a head hunter and his QB will get hit if he runs…..that’s football.

  58. If they ever protect the QB past the line like they do behind the NFL is truly dead. What would be the point of even throwing the ball anymore. Just run it wth the QB every play and get a 15 yard penalty if they don’t let you run to the endzone

  59. 13xxposeidonxx13 says:
    December 11, 2019 at 9:01 am
    Earl Thomas talk a lot, but you didnt do him a lot of justice here by quoting his comments out of context. Thomas was referring to the fact that Jackson has been getting hit low while he’s in the pocket.

    I’m not sure why he’s crying though. Both times it happened in the last two weeks flags were thrown. What else are the refs supposed to do?
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    Actually there were 3 low hits in the pocket. One was called on Trent Murphy, and two others were missed, one being on the 60yd TD pass.

  60. Again people keep changing the narrative. Not one single Raven, including Lamar, has complained about any hits out of the pocket. They are referring to the last couple of weeks against the 49ers and Bills. It’s very obvious if you’re watching these games and paying attention that they’ve made it a point to dive at his legs while he’s in the pocket which is illegal. This strategy is not something new and has actually been used on other QBs in the past that aren’t “Running QBs”. Back in the day the blueprint to beat certain QBs like Carson Palmer, Brady, etc. was to dive at their legs because it makes them uncomfortable in the pocket. Well, after a few ACL tears the NFL made it illegal to go low on QBs in the pocket because they’re defenseless. I think with Lamar it’s the same strategy, just a different idea. I think teams haven’t been able to get the shots on him they want out of the pocket, so they’re going low on him in hopes of, for lack of a better word, discouraging him from running. In the NFL of yesterday, that was good hard nosed football. Today it’s illegal, and to many, a sign that you’re deliberately trying to injure him. Like it or not, those are the rules and Lamar should benefit just like any other QB when he’s in the pocket.

  61. to all the Patriots trolls on this thread, Earl was referring to the hits on Jackson IN THE POCKET. Those are illegal and dirty. Not to say that targeting LJ’s knees is not dirty outside the pocket.

  62. If anything they need to look at changing the protection Jackson gets as a running QB. A number of the yards he gains today is because the defense can not attack him the same way behind the line of scrimmage that they could a RB. So he already has an advantage there. Curious if RBs running the Wildcat are afforded the same protection. Pretty sure I’ve seen those guys getting killed and no one says anything.

  63. Well that’s the NFL. Take someone out for the season, and you get 15 yards for it. Unless they just caught a pass and are defenseless like Gronk v TJ Ward. Then it’s just fine with them.

  64. I watched the Texans try to tackle his body. They kept missing and he kept running. Tackles below the waist would seem to be the next best option.

  65. See Lamar run… See the stretcher come on the field… Running quarterbacks offer a twist to an offense that is hard to defend. With the scheme come the risks. Also defenders who have been beat repeatedly just really want to lay a hit on a quarterback when he becomes a runner. It is why a Jackson or Watson or Mahomes will never last as long a pure passer like Brady Brees or Rogers. You cannot have your cake and eat it too. If you run you have an advantage when play breaks down but you assume the risk as well. So no crying or special protection once you tick ball and run like a QB. Jackson will be like Vick or RG3. Only a matter of time. When he embarrases de fenses or struts Jackson infuriates defenders. They are just chomping at the bit for revenge and a clean devastating hit. I know if he lays the proud defense in New England they will be looking for revenge. No crying for Baltimore fans either if Jackson runs he is fair game for any defender to level as long as hit is clean. If not clean then call a penalty same as on running back. But no special protections for Lamar when he tucks and runs. I predict a shelf life of 7 years or so for Lamar. Once the knees are done he is done.

  66. bluenose1965 says:
    December 11, 2019 at 11:26 am
    I watched the Texans try to tackle his body. They kept missing and he kept running. Tackles below the waist would seem to be the next best option.

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    You are right! However, we’re talking about hitting LJ low when he is inside the pocket. It seems like triple -option QB’s do not get the same protection as pocket QB’s. Cam Newton used to get hit low all the time, and the refs did not flag defenders. It seems like the refs need to protect the ALL QB’s when defenders come diving at their knees. Period.

  67. rfkimball says:

    December 11, 2019 at 11:30 am

    See Lamar run… See the stretcher come on the field… Running quarterbacks offer a twist to an offense that is hard to defend. With the scheme come the risks. Also defenders who have been beat repeatedly just really want to lay a hit on a quarterback when he becomes a runner. It is why a Jackson or Watson or Mahomes will never last as long a pure passer like Brady Brees or Rogers. You cannot have your cake and eat it too. If you run you have an advantage when play breaks down but you assume the risk as well. So no crying or special protection once you tick ball and run like a QB. Jackson will be like Vick or RG3. Only a matter of time. When he embarrases de fenses or struts Jackson infuriates defenders. They are just chomping at the bit for revenge and a clean devastating hit. I know if he lays the proud defense in New England they will be looking for revenge. No crying for Baltimore fans either if Jackson runs he is fair game for any defender to level as long as hit is clean. If not clean then call a penalty same as on running back. But no special protections for Lamar when he tucks and runs. I predict a shelf life of 7 years or so for Lamar. Once the knees are done he is done.

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    Even scrambling QBs like Rodgers and Mahomes get hurt a lot more than pocket only QBs like Brees or Brady. Jackson needs to transition to being more of a scrambler like Wilson, Mahomes and Rodgers if he wants to have a productive career more than 5 or 6 seasons. Time will tell.

  68. tylawspick6 says:
    December 10, 2019 at 6:04 pm
    Absolutely. Take him out for the arrogance of if all.

    Man, you really are a pathetic human being, aren’t you? Wishing injury on someone that doesn’t even know you exist. You need a hobby, buddy.

  69. A lot of people aren’t reading what was actually said. What he said was that people are going for his legs in the pocket when he is an easier target. Not when he is running, because he is able to prepare for hits when running, dodge them, or reduce the impact.

  70. “We have a guy who ran run fast and aggressively and juke you especially if you try to tackle him high, and for some reason people want to tackle the lower body”

    Thanks for the news flash Earl.

  71. Ok boomer, Lamar takes fewer hits than most pocket passers. He is not a typical running QB and is a generational talent that knows how to get out of bounds or get down with minimal contact. Rothlisberger, Alex Smith, and Cam Newton are all on IR and are all fairly stationary pocket passers. I just don’t get the running QBs can’t last, just seems like out of touch old people that don’t like change.

  72. “The Jets defense is coordinated by Gregg Williams, the godfather of the now-defunct bounty programs that were once a common part of NFL culture!” Wow, pretty strong pre-game condemnation of Greg Williams! But I guess if it’s impossible for Bilichick to “not” cheat then I suppose you have a valid point against Gregg Williams.

  73. I saw that it took about 5 guys to stop him at the goal line last week. Five. He was hit hard by all of them.

    They can’t hit low. They can’t hit high. Mid range is legal, I thought.

    Tough dude.

  74. It was only a matter of time till jackson got hurt. He does NOT slide but instead runs full bore into linebackers and safeties. I am surprised he has stayed healthy this long.

    There is a saying in golf, dogs who chase cars and pros who putt for pars are not long for this world. One might add QB’s that run for yards to the above quote.

  75. I love watching the guy, but when he takes off with the ball, he becomes a running back. Risk of injury is one of the things that comes with this “new” style. If defenses are targeting any player for injury, that should be addressed by the league. I targeting the legs is a problem, it shouldn’t be too hard to look for examples where a defender went low when it would have been just as easy to wrap up.

  76. jgold8 says:
    December 11, 2019 at 1:16 pm
    Ok boomer, Lamar takes fewer hits than most pocket passers. He is not a typical running QB and is a generational talent that knows how to get out of bounds or get down with minimal contact. Rothlisberger, Alex Smith, and Cam Newton are all on IR and are all fairly stationary pocket passers. I just don’t get the running QBs can’t last, just seems like out of touch old people that don’t like change.

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    There’s some pretty decent analysis out there showing that running QBs DON’T face higher injury risk than pocket passers. The perception is that they do because when it happens, it’s pretty high profile. But RGIII is the poster child for what is broadly assumed about the QB type. Meanwhile, he’s really the only one people can think of that suffered a significant injury doing that. It makes intuitive sense that the end of a running play often ends in a tackle, whereas a passer usually is not sacked, and so that the more likely a person is to be tackled, the more likely they are to be hurt. But as others have pointed out, running QBs are good at getting out of bounds or giving themselves up before the defense hits them.

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