Willie Snead: Loss will be a “wake-up call” for Lamar Jackson

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Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson checked off one box with the team’s playoff win over the Titans, but Saturday night’s loss to the Bills showed there’s still things left to do.

Baltimore’s defense kept a potent Bills Offense in check, but four trips inside the Bills’ 30-yard-line while Jackson was in the game ended with just three Ravens points. The last of those trips saw Taron Johnson pick off a Jackson pass in the end zone and return it for a touchdown and the next play would be Jackson’s last of the evening.

Jackson left after he suffered a concussion, which wide receiver Willie Snead called “just a sucky moment” in his postgame press conference. Jackson was held in check as a runner and went 14-of-24 for 162 yards through the air in a game that Snead believes will be the impetus for better things in the future.

“I just think he’ll look back at the whole season — not just this game, the whole season — and he’ll make those adjustments that he needs to do to be an elite quarterback; an even more elite quarterback,” Snead said. “He is an elite runner, an elite passer, but there are steps he can take, better strides that he can take, and he knows that. That’s the competitor in him to want to get better each and every offseason, to fix the little things that his game needs improvement on and continue to get better as a passer. I think if he knuckles down on that part of his game and really reaches his full potential in that area, then the sky is the limit for Lamar, man. It’s just a matter of time. So, it’s really on him. I think this game is going to be a wake-up call for him, hopefully this offseason. So, we’ll see what he does next year.”

The Ravens were 32nd in the league in passing offense this season and their shortcomings in that area helped bring their season to an end on Saturday night. There are other things the Ravens need to address to change that performance, but Snead being right about Jackson would be a real boost to their chances of avoiding another disappointing end to a season.

75 responses to “Willie Snead: Loss will be a “wake-up call” for Lamar Jackson

  1. Should be a wakeup call for the ravens organization Jackson isn’t the answer hes not developing.

  2. Good luck with that, being 32nd in passing out of 32 kind of telegraphs his shortcomings. Jackson is one leg injury from being out of the league. Without his running ability the rest of his skill set wouldn’t get you past the practice squad.

    The moment defenses don’t have to worry about his running the Ravens are done. They have done a great job of masking his passing shortcomings but that only takes you so far.

  3. The Ravens OL was dominating and Greg Roman abandoned the run too early.I think they should have kept running between the tackles mixed in with Jackson pulling the ball out and running wide. Also,Dobbins dropped a couple of passes that cost them, probably 2 TDs.

  4. I don’t think he’ll be able to adjust to this because he’s not an elite quarterback. He’s a running back quarterback. He can’t read defenses and he can’t throw an accurate ball.

  5. Sure, sure they are.

    We’ve seen the ceiling of this offense. And whatever window the Ravens have is not very long – this isn’t the last time Lamar is going to get hurt if he is going to play like a RB. Maybe last night’s concussion was a fluke, but hurting knees / ankles is just unavoidable playing like he does.

  6. LJ gets more hate from fans outside of Baltimore than any player in recent memory. He’s been playing behind a patchwork offensive line most of the season and can’t control his receiver’s drops. Does he have room to improve? Absolutely, but he deserves more respect. Josh Allen didn’t exactly light it up last night either. Good luck the rest of the way Bills.

  7. It’s really eye opening how terrible the Ravens O is on second and long. I watched Buffalo disrupt the Ravens first down play a few times and every time they did Lamar had a look of hopelessness on his face coming out of the huddle for second down. If they have to get more than 12-15 yards on any play all Lamar thinks about is running.

  8. “ If Jackson doesn’t throw that pick 6, Ravens win that game.”

    Which is kind of the point for many. Jackson will not win you those games because he will throw that pick or make a fundamentally poor throw and miss his guy. Add in the new era of young gun QB’s in the AFC and it becomes evident that Baltimore’s best days are behind them, just like Pittsburgh. Hell even Baker has made great strides which I never thought I would live to see.

  9. Jackson’s footwork was terrible all game. Is he getting lessons from Dwayne Haskins?

  10. In all fairness, had he not thrown the pick six and had the kicker not missed two field goals, at that point they had out played and would have outscored the Bills. Thus it was a tight game and very hard to throw the ball in the wind as well.

  11. Josh Allen and his vaunted offense scored 10 points by themselves (The D got the other 7) but people always question Lamar Jackson. If Aaron Rodgers played yesterday instead of Lamar I don’t think anybody will question Josh Allen. It will be the Bills fault. But Lamar is looked at by a different standard and rules

  12. Roman has to go….he’s too predictable. You’re not going to win every 13-10 game.

  13. You know not like I can say I hate to be right like a lot of people are here. It was pretty much taboo to suggest that Jackson is not a complete QB and that passing for 150 yards a game isn’t gonna cut it. I guess you will have to ask the die hard supporters of his why they looked passed his passing issues. But now they need to get to work. The shine is off. I huge issue for them is going to be how Jackson pulls the ball down 2-3 seconds after the snap and stops looking down field. I am not saying they can’t figure it out but his contract is up soon, so will they give him big $ and try to figure it out or just keep living with him basically being one dimensional. Being one dimensional might get you into the playoffs but it ain’t gonna win it all.

  14. When you have a QB that runs a lot it is hard to get into a successful throwing rhythm. They take a lot of hits and it messes up continuity. Look at how Josh Allen has taken off in his passing game as they lessened his running.

  15. Jackson will get his super bowl, I’d much rather have him then some garbage time yard compiler like Stafford or Ryan

  16. I feel bad for Ravens fans, because their head coach has hooked their cart, and their future, to a quarterback who’s gimmick doesn’t fly come playoff time. This was the third year in a row Lamar got exposed in the playoffs. He’s limited in his throwing abilities, and his ability to read defenses. What you see is what you get. He’s never winning a Superbowl… EVER

  17. LJ is a GREAT RB, it’s time the Ravens admit that. The rookie that came in when he went down appeared to have better pocket presence & he just got called up from their practice squad!

  18. Josh Allen and his vaunted offense scored 10 points by themselves (The D got the other 7) but people always question Lamar Jackson. If Aaron Rodgers played yesterday instead of Lamar I don’t think anybody will question Josh Allen. It will be the Bills fault. But Lamar is looked at by a different standard and rules

    Have you not listened to any of the flack Allen has gotten the last 3 years for bad plays. Josh Allen gets blamed for last years Houston loss still.
    The truth is the ravens for out coached by Leslie Frazier/ he came up with a great plan to stop Jackson.

  19. The Ravens OL was dominating and Greg Roman abandoned the run too early.I think they should have kept running between the tackles mixed in with Jackson pulling the ball out and running wide. Also,Dobbins dropped a couple of passes that cost them, probably 2 TDs.

    They had some success with runs early yes but Allen over throws a wide open diggs, gabe Davis dropped a td and we missed two kicks too. Those misses
    Happened to both teams.

  20. It should be a wakeup call for Harbaugh to realize you can’t win with a RB at QB. Funny how their backup is just another glorified RB.

  21. Think about what happened to Cam Newton when he turned 29. Once teams didn’t fear Cam Newton running all over them he ceased to be a feared QB.

    Sure Cam is still a threat to run but he’s not feared any more and that allows teams to force him to beat them with his arm and he can’t.

    Jackson may be a better runner than Cam but he’s also a worse passer. The clock is ticking on his running ability.

  22. Eleven days ago Lamar Jackson was 23 years old. He just turned 24. Young QBs, and Jackson is very young, take a while to blossom. It was only a few months ago that many of the football “experts” still had severe doubts about Josh Allen. I remember Steve Young taking a long time. Tampa Bay actually gave up on him and traded him to the 49ers. Steve Young and Lamar Jackson are among the top 5 all time athletic QBs. It’s easier for them to just use their natural ability and take off running. Most other QBs don’t have that option, so they learned how to play the position very differently. Steve Young was much older than 24 when he finally out it all together, combining all of his skills, and becoming a great NFL QB. Even when Steve led the 49ers to the championship games early on against Dallas, it was Troy Aikman who won those battles, and outplayed Steve in the second half. I remember it clearly. It wasn’t really until Mike Shanahan joined the 49ers, that Steve blossomed into the HOFer. So be patient Ravens’ fans. Steve Young was doubted for a long time.

  23. Randall cunningham, mike vick, lamar jackson: best running QBs i have seen in my lifetime. None has led there team to win a SB… me thinks its better to be a QB who can run than a RB who can throw!

  24. Holy smokes. Ravens fans writing same comments as us Steeler fans last week. QB has to go, OC has to go, O line stinks….etc etc. Steelers were last in rushing, Ravens last in passing. Maybe the key is simply balance, like the Packers, Saints, Browns.

  25. When Lamar feels pressure of any kind he either tucks and runs or his pass is off the mark. Teams are catching up to his tendencies.

  26. To make Lamar Jackson ineffective, all a defense needs to do is apply consistent pressure on the pocket. When a DE rushes up the field it creates a running lane he can exploit with his speed. No running lane, no run threat and he is not a going to beat you with his arm. In 17 games he played, he threw for over 200 yards 5 times and over 300 yards 0 times. In 70% of the games he threw less than 200 yards in a pass happy NFL.

  27. Elite Passer? WTH?

    There’s a reason guys like Jackson have so many rushing yards – it’s because they can’t pass and they think that running will cover that fact up. We’ve seen this time and time again with running QBs – NFL Defenses figure them out pretty quick and they have a short shelf life.

    Those QBs who do run slightly more often than normal use it as a supplement to their passing game.

    I’ll never understand why NFL teams continue to draft running QBs. If I want a runner, I’ll draft a RB. If I’m drafting a QB I expect him to pass the ball.

  28. Baltimore should just put all of their resources in to the line and running backs and run the option.

  29. As I stated last week, Mike Vick 2.0. Run first, pass later. His MVP award was a nice personal accomplishment, but until he develops as a passer, he will always be a great athlete, but mediocre quarterback.

  30. The heaviest criticism is on the two losing QBs yesterday, Jackson and Goff, but what struck me was something different. Neither the Rams nor the Ravens looked like a team that could deal with adversity. They seem to lack the mental toughness to come from behind. And it’s not as if that’s been a problem for those teams only yesterday. This is an intangible they need to work on if they’re not going to be forever known as teams that can’t survive the playoffs.

  31. The Ravens offense is basically a high school offense with an elite runner at QB. The QB essentially makes one quick read on a short route and if it isn’t wide open, he starts to look for a place to run. You can win a lot of games in the NFL with that because a lot of defenses can’t maintain containment in the pocket. The problem for the Ravens is that once you get to the playoffs, most defenses can handle even an elite running QB. In addition, Jackson is unlikely to ever be more than an average passer. His mechanics are bad and his inclination is to run at the first sign of pressure.

  32. It took Steve Grogan a whole career of lessons before he rewarded New England w a Super Bowl appearance — with help from Tony Eason

  33. So this is where we are with Lamar Jackson yet everyone thinks Miami should cut to it after a partial season.

  34. So this is where we are with Lamar Jackson yet everyone thinks Miami should get rid of TUA after a partial season.

  35. This is ridiculous. How many QBs don’t even make the playoffs or win a playoff game and you guys hate on Jackson? He didn’t get to finish that game, so you don’t know what would have happened. Doesn’t matter anyway, whether he wins a superbowl or not. You will just put in the category of Dilfer or Flacco. Ravens has their style of play and LJ fits it quite well. And personally, I love it. We have 2 superbowl wins in 24 years and on our way to a 3rd in the next coming years and a lot wins in between. Not bad if you ask me.

  36. Jackson is a one read QB. He has been for the whole of his career. He is good enough to win as long as the rest of the team is elite. After his rookie contract his ability to win consistently will decrease dramatically.

  37. riggo08 says:
    January 17, 2021 at 9:33 am
    LJ gets more hate from fans outside of Baltimore than any player in recent memory.
    ————–
    Josh Allen: Hold my beer!

  38. I don’t know. He looked really good against the Titans. You know that team that had their SB Week 5 against the Bills😂😂😂

  39. We all heard the same thing last year with Jackson, and the year before. Buffalo came out and outcoached them, that’s it. Whiny Ravens need to get Jackson prepared for the game plan the Bills threw at them, that’s on the coaches. Jackson is an athlete everyone would love to have on their team but with the progress seen in Josh Allen this year you can only hope that happens with him because if it does watch out NFL because he will lead that team to more than just one playoff win. Buffalo won the coaching matchup that’s on you Harbaugh, can’t complain about anything else.

  40. His mechanics are bad and his inclination is to run at the first sign of pressure.
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    Pretty good assessment up to that point.. LJ actually stays in the pocket too long many times and he always keeps his eyes downfield. Most of his runs are designed from the start. First sign of pressure, run. That hasn’t been Jackson this year, for the most par, because he has been sacked a lot.

  41. I get and agree with a lot of the criticism of Lamar. Truth be said, if he doesn’t pull of that spectacular run for a td, the Titans would have been playing this week. Like it or lump it Lamar has to be better in the pocket.
    He has to be able to win when he can’t run. Donavan McNabb was the same until he figured that out and was able to extend his career. It should also be mentioned that Josh Allen became a lot “smarter” when he got Diggs. It also seems to correspond to the fall of Minnesota’s offense as well. Perhaps a receiver upgrade for Lamar could be similar for him.

  42. When your title is quarterback and you best skill is running, you will not make it in this league long. Need to be able to pass when the passing needs to be done. He can’t.

  43. nite2al says:
    January 17, 2021 at 11:36 am
    This is ridiculous. How many QBs don’t even make the playoffs or win a playoff game and you guys hate on Jackson? He didn’t get to finish that game, so you don’t know what would have happened. Doesn’t matter anyway, whether he wins a superbowl or not. You will just put in the category of Dilfer or Flacco. Ravens has their style of play and LJ fits it quite well. And personally, I love it. We have 2 superbowl wins in 24 years and on our way to a 3rd in the next coming years and a lot wins in between. Not bad if you ask me.
    ——————
    32nd in Passing in the NFL this SEASON……

  44. Sorry Ravens fans, Jackson is a RB playing the QB position.
    He is terrible going through his reads and thinks about running if the 1st read is not there.
    This should not surprise anyone because that has been his MO his entire career so far.
    He quite simply is not that smart. Great runner but an average QB at best.

  45. The o line was a struggle last night. The bills got pressure with a lot of 4-5 man rushes. If not for Jackson’s athleticism they might have had 5-6 more sacks. I wonder if harbaughs schtick is a little stale. I think he’s a very good coach but maybe it would benefit both he and team
    To move on.

  46. oscarxray says:
    January 17, 2021 at 9:22 am
    The Ravens OL was dominating and Greg Roman abandoned the run too early.I think they should have kept running between the tackles mixed in with Jackson pulling the ball out and running wide. Also,Dobbins dropped a couple of passes that cost them, probably 2 TDs.

    —————

    And Gabriel Davis dropped a touchdown pass that woulda put the Bills up 10-0. Means nothing whatsoever today

  47. Lamar Jackson should look to shape his style as about 25% more pass-oriented to accentuate unpredictability in the Ravens offense. His speed does not need to lean run-heavy; it can also just extend plays to find the open receiver as Drew Brees has done his entire career.

  48. I’m not a Baltimore fan (or hater), but fans just sound silly saying that a QB that leads his team to the divisional round of the playoffs “can’t win”.

    Jackson, in his first three years in the NFL, has lead the Ravens to a 30-7 regular season record as a starter with three playoff appearances, with a career passer rating of 102.6 and a MVP award.

    It’s true that he hasn’t done as well in the playoffs but every team but one loses in the playoffs every year. Most teams don’t even make it. He may or may not lead the Ravens to a SB title during his career but that’s probably true of 99% of QBs that play in the league.

    Football fans tend to think that negativity = insight, but the idea that a QB who leads his team to the playoffs on an annual basis isn’t any good is silly.

  49. The problem for Lamar is that he needs to change his first instinct to run and sell out to be a mobil pocket passer. He’s 6’2″, 212 lbs. He’s not 20, he’ll be 25 and can’t play like this at 35. He can’t be running around like a WR playing RB, because he’s going to get hurt. He needs to improve his passing.

  50. Football is a team game based on strategy.
    Great players are the ones that transcend strategy and make plays to win games.
    Good players function within a system to win over 60 minutes.
    Mediocre players do their job 75% of the time.
    Bad players make mistakes and lose games.

    And of course, in the playoffs, these definitions are magnified.

    Throwing a historical 101 yard pick-6 when your team is yards away from tying or taking the lead falls under the “bad” category. If the player has never done it before but does it in the most important game… what does that say?

  51. Long after it was obvious that teams had figured him out, 49er fans would scratch their heads as Colin Kapernick would vow to spend every offseason working out so he could run and throw even harder. If Lamar wants to succeed he will work on his weaknesses rather than his strengths. As Steve Young always says from his own experience: running around is great, but eventually you have win from the pocket.

  52. Flacco definitely got a birthday gift to his legacy in Baltimore and a “get back” on his birthday with that Ravens loss.

  53. The run offense with Jackson maximizes Jackson’s abilities. The coaches set up the offense and accept that this offense is not able to pass.

  54. In the 2 1/2 seasons Lamar has played, he has led his team to the playoffs 3 times. Led his team to 2 divisional titles. Was regular season MVP and led the league in PASSING TDs. Has set numerous rushing records. 1 time Pro Bowler and 1 time All Pro Bowler. And he just turned 24. All along the way people are saying “all you have to do to stop Lamar is _________.” Yet, he has a 30-7 regular season record. and yes 1-3 playoff record. People want to criticize his passing, yet look at good passers like Andrew Dalton, who could never get it done in the playoffs. And there are many others that have failed too. This kid has heart, is exciting to watch and will be a SB champion before it is all said and done.

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