John Harbaugh: Lamar Jackson is younger than Joe Burrow, has a good head start

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Anyone who’s disappointed in the Ravens losing their first two playoff games with quarterback Lamar Jackson has unrealistic expectations, according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

Harbaugh defended Jackson when asked about his 0-2 playoff record on Friday, noting that he’s a month younger than Joe Burrow, the quarterback who just led LSU to the national championship.

“He’s 23 years old. He’s younger than Joe Burrow, OK?” Harbaugh said, via ESPN. “So he’s got a pretty good head start right now. I mean, he’s along the way.”

Harbaugh noted that plenty of Hall of Fame quarterbacks, including Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Troy Aikman and Aaron Rodgers hadn’t won a playoff game when they were as experienced as Jackson.

“The Manning brothers combined . . . had five losses in their first five playoff games before they won one,” Harbaugh said. “Montana, Young and Favre didn’t start a playoff game until their third season. Brees and Aikman until their fourth season, and Rodgers until his fifth season. Interesting.”

Jackson just turned 23 last week, and he still has a very long career ahead of him. It’s way too soon to draw any conclusions about what he’s capable of accomplishing in the playoffs.

115 responses to “John Harbaugh: Lamar Jackson is younger than Joe Burrow, has a good head start

  1. I don’t disagree but what Is his deal? It’s like he’s trying to justify something. He set the bar high this year so your focus better on him maintaining… not comparing him to a guy who’s not even in the nfl yet

  2. Amen we are truly blessed to have Lamar….

    Thank You for the best regular season in Ravens History…

  3. Ok. Did you have to mention Joe Burrow?
    Coach Harbaugh getting nervous about the AFC North next year? Who knows

  4. LJ thrived in a new system.
    Until they encountered the Titans.
    Do you want a great regular-season quarterback who falls flat in the playoffs?
    Or do you want a good all-around quarterback?

  5. It seems like ever since he stepped into the league, all certain parts press has tried to do is run down Lamar Jackson, and its not right.

    I aint going where y’all think I am, they didn’t do the same thing to Russell Wilson, or Kyler Murray , but for whatever reason its always open season on Jackson.

    At this stage, he has more than proved himself one of the top qb’s in the game, just because he hasn’t won a playoff game yet has nothing to do with it. was it Lamar Jackson who was shredded by Henry and Tannehill? No so give it a rest.

    Good on PFT for sticking up for him

  6. Why bring up other qb’s when discussing why your team, which was favored heavily, lost their last two playoff games. He should be explaining why he went for it on 4th down from the 45 yard line in the 1st qtr. Or why he called 25 pass plays in the 1st half, before the game was out of hand.

  7. It’s childish to compare QB’s based on age or other QB’s playoff records. Sane people know that a QB has to rely on a good offense and defense to win. And to compare him to a player that hasn’t been drafted is really childish. I know he might end up in your division but wait til the kid starts before you start throwing daggers and being defensive your QB. BTW-Lamar lost both playoff games due to his coach being out-coached by the opponent’s coac..

  8. Lamar has a good head start alright, and he already has two one and done’s in the playoffs as well let’s not forget that. His legacy is already being written and it doesn’t look too good right now John

  9. Harbaugh doesn’t need to be making excuses for Lamar with his age. But the reality is they caught the league off guard. Now that teams know what they are all about it’s going to be more difficult once they have an off-season to prepare. You could say that won’t matter and give the patriots as an example. But patriots had numerous calls in their favor to help establish the gameS and make the other teams one dimensional and then Billy’s cheating really took over from there.

  10. It’s also not Jackson’s fault the Ravens panicked and abandoned their running game so early.

  11. Burrow is a strong-armed pocket passer who can run, extend plays, and can read a D. Jax is a running back who can’t throw to the edges and has no clue about what the D is doing. I wonder which one has a better chance in the NFL?

  12. How many times have football fans seen a Joe Burrow type guy? Cincy needs to do some real work before taking him as their future. Maybe Joe lights up the league or maybe football has seen the best of JB.

  13. Harbaugh shouldn’t have to explain this stuff to people who pay attention to football and should know about NFL history. Most HOF QB’s, who have multiple super bowls, struggled mightily their first couple seasons. Montana won the super bowl his first season as a starter, but it was his 3rd season in the league. There are also guys like Roethlisberger and Mahomes, who went to good, stable organizations, and they won early. Jackson is similar. It’s really impossible to compare situations. None are exactly the same. I’m not even sure the plan was to play Jackson in 2018. I thought they’d sit him behind Flacco for a year. Everything doesn’t always go according to plan. I mean, how many of the experts out there had The Ravens and Jackson going 14-2 in his second season? They’re asking why he’s 0-2 in the playoffs, but I think it’s incredible that he even got the Ravens into the playoffs. Nobody would be saying anything if they went 8-8 and missed the playoffs. Funny how they play these games.

  14. Strange. I thought this was a team sport? He’s still young? Didn’t he win offensive player of the year? Possible MVP? I like Harbaugh but c’mon … stop treating him like a kid and making excuses for him. Maybe less time off would have better served the team?

  15. Very long career in front of him? What? Really? Man, as soon as his wheels go away, he is done. Ask Vick about that. Heck, even shorter career if he has an injury to his wheels. Ask RGIII about that. Sorry…he’s not accurate enough to rely on just his arm.

  16. If you can’t throw into tight windows you get found out!!!! He is one of the greatest duel threats there is but if they take away the run then you have to burn them with the pass!!! So back to the drawing board and good luck Baltimore

  17. He comes off as sounding insecure about Jackson. What does Joe Burrow have to do with the fact that the Ravens had a bad collapse in the playoffs? Specifically Jackson arguably cost the Ravens the game with his 3 turnovers.

  18. Based on comparing him to players like Andrew Luck and Cam Newton his window is already 25% closed. Figure Jackson will have a 6-10 year career he is 25% of the way thought that. Unlike the majority of the QBs he mentioned who had 15-20 year careers, well that is the difference.

  19. The NFL playoffs are always such a small sample size to make any kind of prudent assessment of a player. If a man tosses a coin four times and each time it comes up tails, can we realistically say he’s incapable of tossing heads? Of course, not. I didn’t see a bad game from Lamar (I’m a Chiefs fan). I think Lamar will continue to improve as a passer and has a bright future ahead of him.

  20. smashmouth44 says:
    January 18, 2020 at 8:06 am
    It’s also not Jackson’s fault the Ravens panicked and abandoned their running game so early.
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    Jackson is The Ravens running game….

  21. sunnyd89 says:
    January 18, 2020 at 7:08 am
    Sounds pretty defensive…
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    A loud groups of critics critiizes Lamar Jackson and his abilities to play QB before drafting him. Says he should move to receiver because he can never succeed at QB in the NFL. In his rookie year he came in mid season at QB and was the reason a team that was going ti miss the playoffs make the th playoffs. Critics: oh but he’s just a gimmick. His passing is aweful and he just runs. Besides defenses will figure him out next season

    Next season: After succeeding with highest QB ranking most touchdown 36 passes and with only 6 interceptions in the season well all of a sudden goal posts is moved back. Well he can’t win in the playoffs! So finally after being wrong all this time the critics get to puff their chest and say aaha! Told you!

    And then the coach has finally had enough of that nonsense and laid out some basic facts. And your response is “Sounds defensive” like you were just dropped in from the moon and don’t know the backstory and context behind the coaches response

  22. AJM says:
    January 18, 2020 at 7:21 am
    Ok. Did you have to mention Joe Burrow?
    Coach Harbaugh getting nervous about the AFC North next year? Who knows
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    Clearly you’re struggling and comprehending the article. Let me break it down for you. He brought up Joe Burrow In reference to age. Lamar Jackson is younger than him. Hope that makes it easier for you. Try to follow along next time or try reading the article before you make a comment

  23. Chirp, chirp….all the Lamar haters couldn’t wait until Ravens lost a game to get back on the “Lamar isn’t a QB bandwagon”. So typical….mainly fans whose teams suck and have no future at QB. ie…Steelers, Patsies. Keep on hating…luv it.

  24. It wasn’t Lamar who let Henry run wild… But It it was Lamar who only scored once and only mustered 12 points.

    0-2 when it matters.

  25. In his defense, if he sounds defensive, he’s probably tired of fielding questions about it. Lamar Jackson has some limitations in his game, but other areas where his skill set is very unique. There’s no reason to believe he can’t improve over the next few years in various areas that aren’t his strengths, as long as he can stay healthy. Will be interesting to see what happens.

  26. So many of these responses are comical. All Harbs is sayings is that Lamar is still very young, younger than most who have played two seasons in the NFL. Has plenty of time ahead of him. Also, idiots saying that he is a running back or not accurate? Led the league on touchdown passes, 8th in completion percentage, 3rd highest QB rating. At least look up some numbers before you post something stupid.

  27. dontstabmeray says:
    January 18, 2020 at 6:07 am
    Burrow is a quarterback and Jackson is a running back. Big difference.

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    This is a false narrative. The fact that Burrow is a QB only, does not imply that Jackson is a running back only.

  28. I would have sided with the Jackson detractors a year back. But I have seen well enough improvement in year two that I will state he has plenty of winning quarterbacking ahead of him as a non-gimick player.

  29. He can play the qb position fine, he will likely become a legit qb that runs some to keep defenses honest and to make an occasional big play. No reason he doesn’t become a better version of Russel Wilson. Legit fear is that as he can run he runs too much and may take a bad hit, get himself RG3ed. But that is a fear, not appropriate assumption.

  30. tylawspick6 says:
    January 18, 2020 at 10:12 am
    most arrogant coach in sports who is easily outcoachex by BB and his tree.

    lol

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    Can’t wait to hear you next year…hope you enjoyed the run. Pats and BB are done. I have a good idea of where you can put the BB tree.

  31. Burrow is one of the sort of quarterbacks that only come around every so often. Jackson can be developed in time, but I don’t see the Ravens doing anything but ride Jackson until he is used up. There doesn’t seem to be any desire to have Jackson throw the ball as a first option. I don’t care about his stats as a thrower. I look more at the situation where he throws. He isn’t making plays with his arm like top quarterbacks do. The Ravens are using him for his legs, which opens up passing opportunities he wouldn’t get if he was a pocket passer. Jackson can be a pocket passer if the Ravens make it happen. Seems to me that the Ravens aren’t going to invest the time it takes to teach Jackson. When they finally do want to teach him, it will probably be too late.

  32. Two years in Jackson dominates 85% of NFL defenses, his detractors think that is a problem? He will improve greatly as to competing against the other 15%–who by the way no one dominates against. He becomes now a function of talent around him and coaching. I think he has quite a few pro bowls in his future. Superbowl? Well, ytbd, but I don’t think anyone should be betting against it.

  33. Lamar did better than I expected this year,but I’m not convinced he will be leading the Ravens to the division title,year in and year out

  34. Lamar, the so-called “running back”, will win NFL MVP.. as a QB. Harbaugh can just drop the mic on that one.

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    I’m sure the Ravens fans will be wildly celebrating Lamar’s MVP in the streets. Who needs a Super Bowl win?

  35. tb12greatest says:
    January 18, 2020 at 8:19 am
    Baltimore Ravens – zero wins since getting caught with bluetooth
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    New England Patriots – zero wins since having zero footage on opposing teams

  36. TheCommish says

    I’m sure the Ravens fans will be wildly celebrating Lamar’s MVP in the streets. Who needs a Super Bowl win?
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    The Ravens have won 2 Super Bowls in their brief history. Lamar just turned 23…there is more coming.

  37. Difference is Burrow is good because of talent not because a Bluetooth guy is telling him the other team’s defensive plays.

    R*vens defeated their opponents this season by an average of 17 points, After they were caught and Bluetooth Guy went away they lost by 16. That’s a 33 point swing. Huh. What a weird coincidence, 🤔

    .

  38. People are accusing Harbaugh of being defensive but I don’t see enough posts calling out the foolishness that is claiming Jackson is a gimmick or bad quarterback. All the doubting knuckleheads need to look at Jackson’s 2019 stats and take notice cause he is top 5 in most categories. Congrats to Baltimore fans cause you all have a legitimate quarterback who can also run like the wind and will win you all a ton of games. Signed a Seahawks fan who wants Jackson to suck when we play but isn’t blind to facts. Also I remembers the first 5 seasons of Wilson’s career when countless casual fans said Wilson was a game manager lucky to have Lynch and the LoB to bring him victories. Hmmm… turned out he was a good quarterback.

  39. Harbaugh is right, but — there is no doubt Lamar Jackson definitely has a lot of improvement to make as a passer.

  40. “Anyone who’s disappointed in the Ravens losing their first two playoff games with quarterback Lamar Jackson has unrealistic expectations, according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh.”

    Expecting a win by the number 1 seed in the AFC in the playoffs is an unrealistic expectation? And this is coming from their coach??? SMH

  41. RG3 won Rookie of the Year… how did rest of his career play out? Lamar is smaller than Cam and won’t last as long as he did so they better start winning quickly before his body starts crashing

  42. Standup says:
    January 18, 2020 at 10:32 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    January 18, 2020 at 10:12 am
    most arrogant coach in sports who is easily outcoachex by BB and his tree.

    lol

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    Can’t wait to hear you next year…hope you enjoyed the run. Pats and BB are done. I have a good idea of where you can put the BB tree.

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    so are 28 other teams probably including yours so how is us being out of the playoffs a slight if you are too? baltimore was a fraud and we all knew it and tennessee proved it. when you act like children at the podium every game(i see you mark ingram) you set yourself up for major ridicule for running your yap and proving nothing.

  43. If he can stay healthy (which we all hope he does) he will revolutionize the QB position in the NFL. He is like a water bug (ever try catching one?) and I say that with the utmost respect. If you don’t hit him all your going to see is the back of his jersey as he keeps moving and blows by you. His time will come. The Ravens were questioned when they showed Flacco the door. Turns out they were right. Jackson is there future. I cannot wait to see him next year. Oh and by the way … The Titans had to beat the Patriots to even get to the Ravens so don’t sleep on them either.

  44. charliecharger says:
    January 18, 2020 at 8:16 am
    Harbaugh shouldn’t have to explain this stuff to people who pay attention to football and should know about NFL history. Most HOF QB’s, who have multiple super bowls, struggled mightily their first couple seasons. Montana won the super bowl his first season as a starter, but it was his 3rd season in the league. There are also guys like Roethlisberger and Mahomes, who went to good, stable organizations, and they won early. Jackson is similar.

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    what exactly has mahomes won yet? nothing. and the nfl wen to a good stable organization called the referees to hand the steelers that fake win over seattle that year. everyone with eyes watching knew the refs hosed the seahawks multiple times and basically handed that trophy to pitt themselves.

  45. @ dontstabmeray says:

    “Burrow is a quarterback and Jackson is a running back. Big difference.”

    Enough of this nonsense. Jackson threw 36 TD passes in 2019, over 3100 yards, and had a QBR of 113.3 in 2019 (in his first full year as the starter). He had over 1200 yards rushing as well, with 7 rushing TD’s. If the defense can’t stop him from rushing and getting first downs or TD’s, then keep doing what works.

    In Jackson’s final year in college, he had over 3600 yards and 27 TD’s, despite his 1600 rushing yards and 18 TD’s. That is a dual threat.

    Why do haters have to put people in boxes to try and advance their weak arguments? Jackson is what he actually is – a true dual-threat QB, he is fun to watch, and he is a playmaker. I give Vrabel and the Titans Offense and Defense a ton of credit – they won the battle in the trenches, and ultimately won the playoff game.

    Jackson is as complete a dual threat as there is in the league. Burrow had a stellar Senior year, but time will tell how he develops as a pro (and most likely that will be in Cincinnati). Burrow had only one spectacular year at LSU, so I take his future success in the NFL with a grain of salt. He may turn into a spectacular QB, but it is way too early to tell.

  46. I’m not a ravens fan but if I was, my disappointment would be because of the belief that no human body can stand up for long to the type of beating Lamar puts his through. Eventually an ACL or an Achilles is going to slow him down, and when it does, he won’t be the same ever again. I don’t know if that would be true, but that would be my fear.

  47. charliecharger says:
    January 18, 2020 at 8:16 am
    Harbaugh shouldn’t have to explain this stuff to people who pay attention to football and should know about NFL history. Most HOF QB’s, who have multiple super bowls, struggled mightily their first couple seasons. Montana won the super bowl his first season as a starter, but it was his 3rd season in the league. There are also guys like Roethlisberger and Mahomes, who went to good, stable organizations, and they won early. Jackson is similar.

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    brady won his in his second season. thats better than joe as well.

  48. Joe Montana won a Super Bowl and his first 3 playoff games ever. Russell Wilson cannot even say the same thing. Wilson was 1-1 in his first 2 playoff games, and he was lucky because the Redskins had the lead when RGIII injured his knee and had to exit the game. Montana is no Lamar J. or Russell Wilsn. Montana is 4-0 in the Super Bowl, winning 3 Super Bowl MVP trophies. Russell Wilson is 1-1 in the big dance, with no MVP trophy to show for it.

  49. Offenses designed for the QB to run so much aren’t successful long term. Dude better hone his craft or he’ll be another afterthought like RGme and Kap.

  50. Ohhhh Charliecharger leave it to to you to be inaccurate as always. If you think the Ravens wouldnt be getting torn to shreds if they went 8-8 and missed the playoffs your crazy! They were coming off a playoff appearance and they were the pick by many to win their division so if they went 8-8 they would be torn apart like the Browns were after they failed to meet expectations.

  51. There is a reason that sustained NFL victories come from a QB operating out of the pocket.

    This works for awhile (see Kaepernick, Colin) but defenses catch up. They need to get him ready for a traditional NFL QB role or risk being one and done every year.

    PS: Earl Thomas is done. Put a fork in him.

  52. When you know your guy is better you are complimentary to the other guy…when you’re scared of the other guy you try to pump up your guy. Jackson had a great year but is not built for longevity and his style will last 5 yrs or less.

  53. I don’t understand why so many people are down on Lamar Jackson.

    in 2019, Jackson:

    Threw for more touchdowns than any other QB.
    Rated #8 in completion percentage, tied with Russell Wilson
    Rated #6 in rushing yards even when compared to running backs
    Brought his team to the #1 seed in the AFC

    By all measures, Jackson had an MVP year. Any team can have a bad game, and Baltimore did. While Jackson did lose his first two starts in the playoffs, he’s only in his second year. Most rookie QB’s never see the playoffs.

    ANd just because the Titans found a way to beat the Ravens, it doesn’t mean that he’s not going to be even better next year. It doesn’t mean that “the other teams figured him out”. It means that the Ravens lost one game.

    Only 4 teams went further this year. Not too bad for a 2nd year QB.

  54. Those that are saying that Montana won his first 3 playoff starts are missing one thing. Joe didn’t even get to the playoffs until his third year. Jackson made the playoffs in his first and second years, finishing tops in the AFC this year.

    No, I don’t think that Jackson is better than Joe, not even close. But Jackson may have a successful career. His high completion percentage bodes well for when he slows down as he ages.

  55. For all you number freaks that call him a gimmick, he passed for 365 yards and ran for 143.There is not another qb in this league that is capable of doing that.He also lead the NFL in touchdowns passes with 36.Its amazing how most fans just want this guy to fail. No matter what he does,hes not a qb and he lines up under center just like the rest of em.There is not another qb in this league this year that has been as productive as Jackson not one.The man can play,and if you think he’s somekind of gimmick that’s just fine.All I know is he’s under the center just like the rest of em

  56. Here’s what Harbaugh is worried about. The Ravens blew a golden opportunity — window … one year.

    The Patriots were unlikely to repeat. No one has repeated since 2004 season. And we all knew the Patriots offense was its worst since Belichick took over the team.

    Inside the division, the Steelers were just trying to adjust to not having Antonio Brown or Big Ben. It was a curse year for them, suffering injuries to their backup QB and their 3rd stringer.

    Cincinnati was not necessarily expected to be competitive but who thought they’d be the worst team in the league. Next year they will have the shinier new toy in the NFL.

    Cleveland bad all sorts of dysfunction but will have a new coach next year determined to win more games than this year.

    In brief, getting the #1 seed will not be likely next year and the division, while still theirs to lose, is not a given.

  57. I think the real problem is that people still don’t get that one person does not win or lose games. One person does not create a playoff – or SB legacy, despite what Pats fans think. The dude lost two playoff games…oh my the sky is falling. Joe Burrows didn’t even need to be part of that conversation because….

    One person does not a championship make. Or a playoff winner. Or a game winner. Not on a team with 53 people on it.

  58. Lamar Jacksox is 0-2 because he just could not tackle that 6’4″ steamroller Derrick Henry.
    We’re going to work on Lamar’s tackling this off season.

  59. I think the Philadelphia Eagles gave us a blueprint. The Ravens have their REGULAR season QB, so the next step is to find a Nick Foles, Eli Manning, Jeff Hostetler type for the playoffs.

  60. 150bigdaddy says:
    January 18, 2020 at 1:07 pm
    For all you number freaks that call him a gimmick, he passed for 365 yards and ran for 143
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    Garbage yards. Titans gave him all that to run down the clock.

  61. Lamar was NOT the issue against the Titans. Although I think he’ll end up being productive only 5 or 6 years, the repeated failures is on the coaching staff. Through the regular season Lamar masked a sketchy coaching unit. That will only go on so long. I’m really surprised Harbaugh was extended.

  62. Running QBs are very successful compared to the numerous drop back QBs that come and go and suck. Think about it, the running QB has too small of a sample size. What if they were half the league?

  63. cnuterockne says:
    January 18, 2020 at 10:46 am
    TheCommish says
    I’m sure the Ravens fans will be wildly celebrating Lamar’s MVP in the streets. Who needs a Super Bowl win?
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    The Ravens have won 2 Super Bowls in their brief history. Lamar just turned 23…there is more coming
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    Brief history? That franchise has been in the NFL since the early 1950s. The Browns moved to Baltimore with all of their players and front office staff, same owner, GM was in the organization prior to the move, and you say they have a brief history? The only thing they left behind was…well, nothing. They gave the Browns name and uniforms back to Cleveland to settle a lawsuit.

  64. Kolo Jezdec says:
    Brief history? That franchise has been in the NFL since the early 1950s..
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    What? The Baltimore Ravens have existed since 1996. That would be like Baltimore still claiming the Colts. They don’t.

  65. The difference is Burrow can read a defense and Lamar has proven he can’t! I can see Burrow, AJ Green and Ross tearing up the AFC North soon! Not so much with Lamar and Baltimore! Lamar is just a one read and run second QB!

  66. And he was basically Teddy Bridgwater that year- 18 TDs and 12 picks. The offense averaged about 300 yards a game in the playoffs- and he threw for all of 138 yards net in the Super Bowl. No disrespect as he has won SIX times, but can we stop pretending he carried them to all these Super Bowl wins?

    thejetssuck2001 says:
    January 18, 2020 at 11:32 am
    charliecharger says:
    January 18, 2020 at 8:16 am
    Harbaugh shouldn’t have to explain this stuff to people who pay attention to football and should know about NFL history. Most HOF QB’s, who have multiple super bowls, struggled mightily their first couple seasons. Montana won the super bowl his first season as a starter, but it was his 3rd season in the league. There are also guys like Roethlisberger and Mahomes, who went to good, stable organizations, and they won early. Jackson is similar.

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    brady won his in his second season. thats better than joe as well.

  67. “It seems like ever since he stepped into the league, all certain parts press has tried to do is run down Lamar Jackson, and its not right.”

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    What are you talking about? If anything, they did the opposite. All anyone has done since Jackson came in was heap praise on him and compare him to Michael Vick, but better (even though Vick could manage to throw 250 yards a game).

    I don’t even dislike Lamar Jackson, and I think if he learns a pro passing system he could be dangerous for a long time. But the way that the press went SO overboard with his success got old for a lot of people that probably would not have minded him otherwise. That’s my impression.

  68. nite2al says:
    January 18, 2020 at 2:25 pm
    Running QBs are very successful compared to the numerous drop back QBs that come and go and suck. Think about it, the running QB has too small of a sample size. What if they were half the league?

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    Find 16 Lamar Jacksons. The talent and ability required to play at Jackson’s level is rare. As rare as a great pocket passer. There aren’t more players like Jackson because they don’t exist.

    I see a lot of guys saying, and there has been a lot of talk for years about how guys like Jackson are the future of the NFL. I would argue it is easier to find a pocket passer than someone with elite talent like Jackson has. That is why there aren’t more read option systems in the NFL. There simply aren’t enough players who are good enough to have that system as a standard.

  69. Yeah… but Burrow doesn’t have a coach trying to sabotage his QB but completely changing the entire offense for a playoff game after a BYE week… from the offense that worked ALL SEASON.

    The Ravens got out-coached. The Titans stuck to what they do best. The Ravens, even in a one-possession game… insisted on trying to be “creative.” Harbaugh over-thought it. The Ravens were able to move the ball on offense all game… but turned it over multiple times instead of scoring touchdowns or letting the best kicker in history do his part.

    The great news is… the Ravens and Titans play next season. Hopefully it’s early in the season, so we can see if the Ravens and Harbaugh have learned anything. If the Titans win the Super Bowl… I hope it’s the season opener!

  70. Sure looks like Coach has done a LOT of research to talk to his QB about so he won’t feel so bad! Remember, he is a Millennial so he’s going to need coddling…

  71. Man, a guy goes 14-2 in his second NFL year and you would think he was 2-14 they wau you guys put him down. He lost a playoff game, so what? Most NFL MVPs do.
    So many fallacies surrounding Lamar. You call him a RB and say he will get hurt, but many backs play 10+ years. And if he does get hurt, why does it have to be career ending? None of you arguments makes any sense. Brady, Brees, Rodgers, Big Ben..they all get hurt.

  72. Baltimore fans: please stop with this nonsense. You and the NFL are doing a major disservice to a player who has been in the league 2 years.
    Stop anointing him as the GOAT; stop making excuses for his awful performance against Tennessee; stop continuing this silly narrative that your offense is revolutionary and unstoppable with your justification being a whopping 13 regular season games worth of stats (Lamar had a few stinkers too).
    I know it’s been a while since you had success in the playoffs, but why don’t you just let Lamar and your offense season some more? Let’s see how he does next season. If you don’t think defenses will adjust, then I have some swampland to sell you.
    We’ve seen countless variations of RPO offenses with run-first athletic QBs over the past 40 years. They don’t tend to last over time. Injuries, personnel, and adjusted defensive schemes conspire against RPO success.
    And while Lamar is undoubtedly a phenomenal athlete, he’s also proven repeatedly to date he cannot throw the ball reliably and accurately when it matters, especially outside the numbers. Forget the regular season stats; acknowledge that playoff defenses are tougher and thus far playoff football have revealed huge concerns for Lamar.
    Let him continue to improve his throwing, and let’s see where things are a year from now.
    Please– you have created this mess and are either blind or ignorant to the reality that he has a major flaw (throwing accuracy) which historically has rendered all “stud athlete” QBs incapable of sustained success in the playoffs.

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