Lamar Jackson still “puzzled” over playoff loss

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Lamar Jackson still can’t believe it. The Ravens quarterback can’t really explain the team’s upset loss to the Titans either.

“I [still am] puzzled, like, just looking at highlights and stuff,” Jackson told Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt of SiriusXM NFL Radio at the 101 Awards in Kansas City last weekend. “I’m like, ‘I don’t know what happened.’ Like, we had good plays. We had good drives. We’ll hit a hump one play. They steal the momentum, and it’s, you know, the NFL is like a momentum game. Like, whoever’s got momentum, they’re going to score points. They might come out with a victory, and that’s what it was. We was flat the whole night. That game was not on our defense. I feel like we just didn’t execute on offense. [If] we put more points up, it’d be a great game.”

The Ravens scored only 12 points, losing by 16 at home to the Titans. Jackson was 31-of-59 for 365 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He ran for another 143 yards but lost a fumble.

The loss prematurely ended a special season for Baltimore, which saw Jackson earn the MVP award.

“We’ve got to elevate at some point in the game,” Jackson said. “I don’t feel we did that, even though we scored one in the third quarter or something. But it was like when we scored, we didn’t get excited. It was like we already lost. We can’t do that no more. That’s what I’ve seen, including myself.”

Despite winning the NFL’s top individual award for on-field performance, Jackson still believes he has much to improve on this offseason. He doesn’t want last season to be the best season of his career.

“I want to work on my timing, getting the ball out even faster, you know, because those guys in the league, they’re coming,” Jackson said. “Defensive guys, they’re running 4.4s, 4.5s. It’s like, ‘Man, we’ve got to get this ball out of your hand and put it in a dynamic playmaker’s hands faster.’ I want to work on everything, though, even the running. I just want to be a great player.”

35 responses to “Lamar Jackson still “puzzled” over playoff loss

  1. Simple. They got down early and had to play from behind. Which meant abandoning the run.

    Lamar Jackson is not yet a “play from behind” QB. That means reading defenses and consistently making throws from the pocket. He’s still young so he can get there.

  2. I love this guy! The answer is simple though – every offensive player, the HC and the OC had their worst game of the season. titans didn’t even force that loss, it was just ugly football juju from start to finish.

  3. Seems most years a young QB is overhyped. Remember Carr, Wentz, Dak, Mayfield, Goff…

  4. It all started when they didn’t flag the Titans for grabbing Lamar Jackson’s facemask on the first drive. That thing can go missed… except that he’s a QUARTERBACK and any other time it happens all you hear is “they will call that 10 times out of 10 when it’s the QB. Oh, he’s also the league MVP.

    Then… on the following drive after a pass goes off Mark Andrews hands… they actually flagged Lamar Jackson for unnecessary roughness on a tackle that started in-bounds. Again, ridiculous.

    From that point forward… it really didn’t matter. It was clear what was happening.

  5. What is so puzzling?

    It is called turnovers.

    It is called not being a pocket QB so you can come from behind.

    It is called reading a defense.

    It is called not being a gadget QB

  6. I’m not trolling, just curious as to why certain words are in brackets? Did he mumble or something?

  7. The run-first QBs never perform well in the playoffs. All regular season hype, and then nothing in the post season. Don’t believe it, ask Mike Vick.

  8. Doesn’t puzzle me, Ravens acted like all they had to do was show up. Clearly not giving the Titans respect. Lamar, you all got your azz handed to you!

  9. watermelon1 says:
    March 3, 2020 at 7:18 pm
    It all started when they didn’t flag the Titans for grabbing Lamar Jackson’s facemask on the first drive. That thing can go missed… except that he’s a QUARTERBACK and any other time it happens all you hear is “they will call that 10 times out of 10 when it’s the QB. Oh, he’s also the league MVP.

    Then… on the following drive after a pass goes off Mark Andrews hands… they actually flagged Lamar Jackson for unnecessary roughness on a tackle that started in-bounds. Again, ridiculous.

    From that point forward… it really didn’t matter. It was clear what was happening

    @@@@@@@@222

    Yes it was clear. You started whining.

  10. The team had peaked after winning 12 straight games … the bye wasn’t beneficial to the young players and Jackson tried to do too much. Some drops by the receivers didn’t help and the crowd got too nervous and quiet, once the Titans had a good lead.

  11. The loss was on both the offense & defense. Neither of them controlled the game, especially when it counted.

    Ravens are a good team but need to get better at how to win a slugfest. Can’t always be a foot race. Teams like KC and the Pats, you never really feel like they’re out of the game because they always get up off the mat.

    Ravens are good enough to get there. But competition will likely be tougher next season, especially within the division.

  12. Prof. Oot Balltalk says:
    That’s because he has like 75 iq
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    @ Prof. Oot-
    What are you, a Browns fan or something sad like that?

  13. Puzzled??? The Titans weren’t. They made you throw to the outside. The weakest part of your game. Improve it or get used to losing.

  14. Puzzled? Hint, Jackson is limited QB and if teams can force him to throw, he’ll lose. Three turnovers is all you need to know. Sure, he can beat up the weaker teams with his athleticism, but when the big boys come to town, Jackson’s not special.

    Mahomes is special and in a sane world would have been the MVP by a mile.

  15. The Titans were given no chance to win and decided to prove everybody wrong. That’s what happened.

  16. He’ll be really puzzled after next year after he can’t find the missing pieces.

  17. It’s not complicated: The Ravens were hugely overconfident celebrating their December SB win and the Titans came in with a good plan and beat the crap out of them.

  18. billzbubb says:
    March 3, 2020 at 8:37 pm
    Puzzled? Hint, Jackson is limited QB and if teams can force him to throw, he’ll lose. Three turnovers is all you need to know. Sure, he can beat up the weaker teams with his athleticism, but when the big boys come to town, Jackson’s not special.

    Mahomes is special and in a sane world would have been the MVP by a mile.

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  19. 3 turnovers and 3 turnovers on downs. Not to take away from the Titans but that was really the story of the game since the Ravens still rolled up over 500 yards of offense.

  20. Jackson is nowhere near the prime of his career. He’s still so young, yet he’s been able to win while he learns the craft. Reminds me of Steve Young’s early years. It took Young years to learn how to win the super bowl. He got close. He won a lot of games. But just like Jackson, he couldn’t get to the big dance. Young finally won the super bowl at age 32. Jackson is learning at amazing speed too. Just look at the win column and his age. He just turned 23 in January, and his record is 19-3.

  21. teams that rely on the defense and the running game and try to avoid throwing get exposed 100% of the time in the playoffs sooner or later.

  22. He still had 500 total yards. You just don’t do that without any skill. The Ravens simply panicked when they got down early. Kick the FG before the half and get some momentum. Similar to when the Colts were down 21-6 to Pats and came back to win in the playoffs. Ravens are my team, but they were a bit arrogant in the early drives. You have a young QB. Playoffs are pressure, make it easy on your young QB. Mahomes stunk the SB for 3 and half quarters. Brady never threw a 1st quarter TD in all his SBs. Ravens tried to win the game in the first quarter. They should have let the game come to them while the rust comes off.

  23. It’s hard to improve on 14-2 but if anyone can do it it’s Jackson and Harbaugh. Good luck for 15-1 and losing again in the first round !

  24. I don’t follow either team but the Titans looked well prepared and well coached and they out executed the Ravens. Thats usually enough to beat most teams.

    The big question is how will Lamar Jackson perform in 2020 and 2021 now that the league has tape on him and the Ravens offense and Yanda retiring? Without a great Oline he may be much less effective (as are many QBs).

  25. thermanmerman99 says:
    March 3, 2020 at 7:22 pm
    Epic bust. This guy already peaked. Another overhyped RG3

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    Great point, the current league MVP who broke all sorts of records this past season is an epic bust. Quality insight there for sure.

  26. I don’t know what’s puzzling about this. When Lamar can’t run and is forced to throw the ball, he is a below average QB. He’s inaccurate, makes poor reads, and can’t throw the ball outside the hashes. These are simple facts. That doesn’t mean he’s a bad QB, it just means if defenses can force him into throwing he struggles mightily and can’t be expected to win playoff games, let alone a Super Bowl. You can’t win a Super Bowl without having to convert a number of clutch throws at critical moments along the way… and unfortunately this is Lamar’s glaring weakness.
    You can hit all the 5-7 yard slants to wide open receivers in the regular season you want, but that doesn’t really prove anything– or matter in the playoffs.

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