Lamar Jackson vows to keep the chip on his shoulder

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Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson became the league MVP in only his second season. He has nowhere to go but down. He’s determined to keep going up.

“We had this conversation when I first saw him this offseason,” Jackson’s private quarterbacks coach, Joshua Harris, recently told Brent Sobleski of BleacherReport.com. “I told him, ‘Well, now you know you’re the MVP.’ He looked at me strangely because we never talk about accolades. He responded, ‘What do you mean, Coach?’ He might have been a target before because he’s the quarterback, but he’s going to have a huge target on his back, and they’re going to prepare more for your game.

“He explicitly said to me, ‘They’re preparing for me, but I’m preparing more for them. I’m going to keep a chip on my shoulder.’ He remembers being in that room before becoming the 32nd overall pick. That fuels all of his preparation and where his mindset is. He doesn’t see himself as the MVP; he sees himself as the fifth quarterback taken in his draft class.”

While it’s not quite the same as being the 199th pick in the draft, indignities linger, both big and small. For Jackson, waiting to be taken after Baker Mayield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, and Josh Rosen will continue to provide motivation, for as long as Jackson plays.

And while it’s true that defenses will devise new strategies for keeping Jackson from wreaking havoc with his legs and his arm, the more Jackson sees and experiences, the better he’ll be. He has only 22 career regular-season starts. As he starts more games, he’ll see more and learn more and understand more and get more out of an uncanny skillset that already has him among the best in the game — and that could eventually put him among the best to ever play.

42 responses to “Lamar Jackson vows to keep the chip on his shoulder

  1. This gives you an idea as to why this guy is so successful. He keeps his head down, works, and works some more. He reminds me a lot Dwayne Haskins in that regard, someone who will likely be in the MVP conversation very soon.

  2. Hmmmm I’m assuming that “chip” is on his throwing shoulder which explains why he can’t win games late throwing from the pocket like ummmmmm oh yeah a true quarterback

  3. He’s had a storied career. Why on earth would he have a chip on his shoulder?

  4. Good for him. Jackson is a unique talent, and very productive. But, as we have seen from past running QBs, the running part will eventually become a little less of his game, so he needs to keep continuing to improve on his passing.

  5. Lets keep it 100 here, Lamar has been very fortunate to have had a DEFENSE that was Rank 4th in the league. It would have been very interesting if the Ravens give up a whole bunch of points and had to fight back from constant DEFICITS which then takes away their running game and put pressure on Lamar to now Pass the ball in order to keep up on the scoreboard.

    It is no secret on how you beat the Ravens, look no further than Kansas city who has the QB to put you in Deficits & engage you in shootouts and is 2-0 against the Ravens so far.

    We saw in the playoffs when the Titans got up on the scoreboard you saw a sense of PANIC by Lamar and the Ravens as the pressure rose and the clock started to tick down, They were forced to become one Dimensional since the running game now was render OBSOLETE.

  6. Make sure that speaker is on his shoulder too otherwise how would he know what the defensive play is from Bluetooth guy?

  7. So weird that the Ravens were blown out at home in the playoffs when Bluetooth guy went away. 🤔

  8. It is interesting to reflect on the social revolution at this position, and it is nothing short of a revolution. For decades, African Americans need not apply to be an NFL quarterback — it was not going to happen. Now any list of best of the very best quarterbacks under the age of 35 would probably look something like this: Mahomes, Russell, Jackson, Watson, Haskins, and Ryan — meaning 5 out of the 6 top QBs are African Americans. I look forward to the day when African Americans likewise have the path to rise to top in the coaching ranks and front offices. The game is better by having African American quarterbacks and I betcha a lot teams would be better by hiring talented African Americans (even if relatively untested) as Coaches/GM/s as opposed to recycling all of the old retreads.

  9. He’s gonna be figured out this year. Good thing the Ravens have one of the best rosters in the league. I see them making the playoffs but not a serious SB contender, they had their chance kast year, abd blew it.

  10. We saw in the playoffs when the Titans got up on the scoreboard you saw a sense of PANIC by Lamar and the Ravens as the pressure rose and the clock started to tick down, They were forced to become one Dimensional since the running game now was render OBSOLETE.
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    We saw bad play from Jimmy G and Mahomes in the SB as well. Pressure is a real thing. Most overwhelmingly dominant regular teams rarely win it all. The undefeated Pats team, 2015 Panthers, 69 Colts, the list goes on. Lamar is quite accomplished in 2 years, give him time. But you are correct; that was a big time panic job by my Ravens.

  11. “The game is better by having African American quarterbacks and I betcha a lot teams would be better by hiring talented African Americans (even if relatively untested) as Coaches/GM/s as opposed to recycling all of the old retreads.”

    I don’t think you realize how blatantly racist this is. Substitute Caucasian for African American and see how it sounds to you.

  12. “Doctor Claw says:
    July 5, 2020 at 3:52 pm
    Lets keep it 100 here, Lamar has been very fortunate to have had a DEFENSE that was Rank 4th in the league. It would have been very interesting if the Ravens give up a whole bunch of points and had to fight back from constant DEFICITS which then takes away their running game and put pressure on Lamar to now Pass the ball in order to keep up on the scoreboard.

    It is no secret on how you beat the Ravens, look no further than Kansas city who has the QB to put you in Deficits & engage you in shootouts and is 2-0 against the Ravens so far.

    We saw in the playoffs when the Titans got up on the scoreboard you saw a sense of PANIC by Lamar and the Ravens as the pressure rose and the clock started to tick down, They were forced to become one Dimensional since the running game now was render OBSOLETE.”

    Correct! If you need proof how this will pan out – see Dat Prescott! Great D, great running game, when team needs to put it on Daks shoulders in a big game – loss…

  13. Redlikethepig, through the 1980’s guys like Mahomes, Wilson, Watson wouldn’t have a chance at playing quarterback.! Do you think that better watchIng the Joe Pisarciks and the Karl Sweetans of the world? I suppose you do, never mind.

  14. One of the worst throwing qbs I’ve ever seen. If he can’t throw a ball by now, he never will.

  15. As long as Lamar doesn’t listen to a single thing Bob Griffin the third has to say – he’ll be just fine.

  16. redlikethepig says:
    July 5, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    He’s had a storied career. Why on earth would he have a chip on his shoulder?

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    Because he see’s all the comments saying he can’t throw or he’s a running back

  17. redlikethepig says:
    July 5, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    “The game is better by having African American quarterbacks and I betcha a lot teams would be better by hiring talented African Americans (even if relatively untested) as Coaches/GM/s as opposed to recycling all of the old retreads.”

    I don’t think you realize how blatantly racist this is. Substitute Caucasian for African American and see how it sounds to you.

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    just like it’s racist saying black people can’t play quarterback right? I’m sure you don’t think anyone would every say such a thing though…

  18. Correct! If you need proof how this will pan out – see Dat Prescott! Great D, great running game, when team needs to put it on Daks shoulders in a big game – loss…
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    Well, it is a team sport and most SB teams benefit from great defenses. Geez!
    How many things has Tom Brady benefited from?
    Great defenses
    Great coach
    Bad ref calls
    Bone head opponent play calls
    Bush league substitution calls
    Missed FGs
    Dropped TDs
    DB fumbled when game in hand
    I could go on and on, so spare me with Lamar and the Ravens defense.

  19. Here’s the sad fact, NFL defenses catch up to unorthodox (read non-pocket) passers/QB’s. They caught up to Tarkenton, they caught up to Steve Young (after one SB with a world beating team) they caught up to RGIII, and they caught up to Kaepernick. Running QB’s in the NFL are short-lived. Yes, I know…the rules have changed and QB’s get special treatment…go ahead and try that. Eventually, it will fail and it only takes one time to have it happen. I wanted the Bengals to take Lamar, they didn’t and this wasn’t because the Rat-birds were going to…I had no idea. Its a credit to them that they did. However, eventually, he’s going to have to put a football in a 1×1 foot box regularly in key moments and he hasn’t proven he can do it. I don’t think he can. He has changed the Bengals Defense, and we’ll see if he can make those same moves in this year (if we have it) and future years like he did last year! I’m betting he can’t! The NFL catches UP!

  20. I would think the chip would come from two straight one-and-done home playoff losses, but that’s just me!

  21. Sopita says:
    July 5, 2020 at 4:21 pm
    He’s gonna be figured out this year. Good thing the Ravens have one of the best rosters in the league. I see them making the playoffs but not a serious SB contender, they had their chance kast year, abd blew it.

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    Their D Line is 32 years old and older. Small window and a serious problem on that o line.

    Weak Safeties as well.

  22. i promise you the blue print is out on this guy…just like the 2012 pistol read that kap and rg3 used and the wildcat..bills showed how to shut the run down but got torched up the middle…titans saw that and planned on it…

  23. Here’s the sad fact, NFL defenses catch up to unorthodox (read non-pocket) passers/QB’s. They caught up to Tarkenton, they caught up to Steve Young (after one SB with a world beating team) they caught up to RGIII, and they caught up to Kaepernick. Running QB’s in the NFL are short-lived.
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    Dumb statement. NFL catches up with QBs period, it’s called tape. What’s funny is, all the QBs you named, have had far more success than the average QB. Most NFL QBs just come and go and they are usually drop back passers.

  24. I’m not trying to hate or root against him, but I have a feeling 2019 was Lamar’s peak. He doesn’t get MVP again and I don’t see him being able to go far in the playoffs. At least not with his current play style. It’s fun while it lasts but this could very well end up like RG3, Kaep, in terms of production from here on.

  25. Some of the MOST IDIOTIC Statements in this thread… Please Explain to me how you can “Coach A Guy up on Speed” or “Watch Enought Tape” to Negate 4.3 40 Speed at the QB Position??? Lol In only his 2nd Season and 1st FULL SEASON, HE WAS NAMED LEAGUE MVP !!!

  26. For anyone critical of Jackson’s performance last season, did you even watch him play? He had success running AND passing. It was one of the better QB seasons anyone has displayed over the past few years.

    I wonder…is there some other reason why you won’t give this guy credit for an amazing season?

  27. The dude works hard, wants to be the best, stays out of trouble, and when necessary put the game on his shoulders. How do you not like that?

  28. lewansfingermoustache says:
    July 5, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    One of the worst throwing qbs I’ve ever seen. If he can’t throw a ball by now, he never will.
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    The WORST throwing QB you’ve seen threw for 3127 yards and 36 TDd, MVP while shutting it down early in a few games. Brady and Brees would have stayed in the game piling up stats. Please watch the games before you open your mouth. Where do you people come from with these crazy statements?

  29. The best way to keep the chip on his shoulder is to pierce the shoulder with the chip.

  30. Here’s the sad fact, NFL defenses catch up to unorthodox (read non-pocket) passers/QB’s. They caught up to Tarkenton

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    When exactly did they do this? Because the guy played 18 years as a starter, went to 3 SB’s, ended his career as the all time NFL yardage and TD leader, and went to the Hall of Fame.

  31. It is always good to keep that chip on your shoulder and use it as fuel. Look at Tom Brady and his underdog statements evwn after winning 6 SB’s.

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