Lamar Jackson admits to flopping and drawing a foul

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NFL officials protect quarterbacks. And quarterbacks know it. And quarterbacks take advantage of it.

Consider this exchange from Sunday’s Bengals-Ravens game, courtesy of the Week Five edition of Mic’d Up. Cincinnati defensive lineman Carlos Dunlap hits Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson near the sideline. Jackson falls, a flag comes out for unnecessary roughness, and the Ravens pick up 15 yards of field position.

Said Jackson after the play, “Man, he didn’t do sh-t. I tried to flop.”

Later in the clip, Jackson is seen and heard laughing as he says, “Ooooh, got a free play.”

It’s unlikely that this kind of admission will make officials less likely to throw a flag. It’s unknown whether it will make defenders more inclined to pull up and avoid all contact with quarterbacks. If they are going to fall down anyway, defenders may decide to give them a better reason to.

Regardless, flopping in football is real. As if anyone thought it wasn’t.

20 responses to “Lamar Jackson admits to flopping and drawing a foul

  1. At least we aren’t at NBA level flopping yet. I don’t like it but if a flop gets your team a free play that’s the way the rules work.

  2. Kickers could give lessons on the art of flopping. Part of why running into the kicker penalty was sub divided into 5 vs 15 yard penalties. Penalty call based on acting ability. Trying to get officials to call pass interference or to deny committing it has also become a show. Sidelines now join festivities as well. SMH

  3. jonbeck316 says:
    October 17, 2020 at 2:46 pm
    Mahomes flopped 3 times in the chiefs patriots game – pathetic!
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    I was just about to mention that. I saw 2 of those flops. The first one didn’t get a penalty but the second one did. I dont wish for injuries on these guys, but if one of them gets hurt while throwing themselves down to the ground and flopping, maybe they’d think twice about doing it again.

  4. I wonder if Mahomes will follow suit? I doubt it though Lamar probably needs to flop given his less than stellar play this season.

  5. Not much different than the WR’s who flop & draw PI penalties. I’m not sure I agree with you that the refereeing will not adjust down the road if he keeps showing them up.

  6. The NFL has gone above and beyond to protect QBs so much that it has changed the level of toughness required to play the position. It started w Mahomes flopping against New England when they had him flustered. Now Lamar?!! It’s time to either start fining QBS for flopping or limiting the protection from refs these guys play under. It’s only the beginning!

  7. Every team pushes the limits of the rules, and most coaches will admit it.

    I remember back when the the Seahawks went to their first SB. The Seahawks secondary held on almost every play, and rarely got called. They even admitted to doing that, saying that the refs won’t call them all, so they pushed the limit.

    If the league wants to get rid of flopping, they will assign a huge penalty for it. Right now, the NFL is trying to get more offense, so it’s unlikely that they will do anything.

  8. Rodgers is a true master of this. Remember the Thanksgiving Day game where Rodgers jerked his head to make it look like he got facemasked and picked an extra 15 yards for a last play Hail Mary? One of the great cheaters of his generation.

  9. Seriously, brady has been doing this most of his career. When playing the pats* it’s called “breathing heavily near the QB”.

  10. radar8 says:
    October 17, 2020 at 3:59 pm
    Every team pushes the limits of the rules, and most coaches will admit it.

    I remember back when the the Seahawks went to their first SB. The Seahawks secondary held on almost every play, and rarely got called. They even admitted to doing that, saying that the refs won’t call them all, so they pushed the limit.
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    I really don’t remember that in the Super Bowl in 2005 against Pittsburgh. However, I really try to wipe that loss by the Seahawks out of my memory.

  11. Lame, we know you are a fake. You are living on borrowed time. Sooner rather than later your only gift, your legs, will be taken from you and you’ll be the Great Gimmick without a brain. You are on borrowed time. Dakota has already learned the lesson what happens to fake QB’s. You will too. And sadly the Baltimore Murdering Blackbirds cannot add you and the Great Gimmick together to get one QB. You only add up to two thirds.

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