Lamar Jackson doubts defenses have figured him out

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Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is confident heading into his fourth NFL season.

Asked today about some media comments suggesting that this is the year when Jackson will discover that NFL defenses have figured him out, Jackson dismissed that idea.

“I’m gonna keep playing football and we’re gonna see. But I doubt it, dude. I doubt it. I strongly doubt it. I’m gonna play ball,” Jackson said.

Jackson wasn’t quite as good in 2020 as he was in his MVP 2019 season, with his numbers down across the board both running and passing last season. But he was still one of the top quarterbacks in football, and he has every reason to be confident that NFL defenses will still struggle to stop the unique running/passing threat he provides.

90 responses to “Lamar Jackson doubts defenses have figured him out

  1. Sure they have Lamer, that’s why you keep getting shut down in the playoffs…

  2. What a bunch of crap. Looks like you have been very much figured out by defenses in the playoffs, but you keep thinking that way Lamar. Super talented, but never comes across as being the brightest bulb in the box.

  3. The Ravens were 3-4 during the regular season against teams that finished over .500 … Lamar Jackson – 14/24, 162 yards, INT vs Bills last season in the playoffs. #exposed

  4. They have figured out he can’t pass worth a hoot. So they make him win with his arm. Which he can’t do. So yup, they’ve figured him out.

  5. Mike Vrabel is laughing during his quarantine!

    Was he laughing when Jackson and the Ravens knocked em out of the playoffs last year?

  6. Has he scheduled an appointment to get vaccinated yet? Need to know for my fantasy football league….

  7. I hate the Ravens but I like Lamar. But I’d say the 3 points they put up against the Bills last January may be a hint of things getting figured out to some degree.

  8. All the negative Lamar comments from haters who wish they had a mere shred of talent. Go work on yourselves little boys.

  9. Playoffs record says they have. Let him run between the 20s and making him throw in the redzone. He will hang yards on you, but points will be 3 instead of 7.

  10. You can strongly doubt it all you want bc your mind, commitment and ability has taken you this far. Kudos to you for that, but you’re going to find out sooner than later that you are wrong. Adjustments need to be made to your game or you will never win the biggest games in the postseason. It’s important to evolve. The sooner you recognize that, the better off you’ll be.

  11. We will find out 9/13/21 against my beloved Raiders and Raider Nation packing that stadium to the max and tracking you down sack ally. Gus and the new defense will earn respect the first Monday Night game ever and start the season 1 and 0 and march towards the playoffs and a great 2022.

  12. All QBs are figured out, whether you can stop them or not is another story. The part I don’t get is the current narrative that you can stop Lamar in the playoffs. What about giving him credit for making the playoffs when many QBs you rave about have not done that? Fitztragic, Dalton, Stafford, Herbert. Lamar is the only QB where the goal post is constantly moving.
    Can’t throw…won MVP. Can’t win a playoff game…did that. Can come back in a playoff game…did that. Can’t win one the road in a playoff game…did that. Now it’s you can’t win a SB with Lamar, well damn! And even if he does that, all the credit will go the defense. He simply can’t win.

  13. Really easy to figure it out…..RUN RUN RUN, INACCURATE PASS, RUN, RUN, RUN, RUN, INACURRATE DEEP PASS, INTERCEPTION, RUN, RUN, RUN….You get the picture.

  14. What is there to figure out? He is a running back with an occasional trick play where he throws. Maybe he is referring to figuring out how to tackle him quickly once he gets past the line of scrimmage.

  15. The clock is ticking and sooner or later he is going to get lit up running the football.

    Then him and RG Knee can both can be has been backups.

  16. Oh, he’ll still put up numbers against bad defenses but let’s face it….if you have a good defense, you keep him in the pocket, cover the short receivers and make him throw more than twenty yards downfield and you win. He can win with his legs and short passes. Take those away and he’s a below average downfield passer. He can say whatever he wants but the numbers prove it.

  17. After watching his covid interview I am even more mystified about why Harbaugh placed all his eggs in this guy’s basket. No question a talent. But even the prototype of that type of QB never won a superbowl. It is a hard and dangerous game plan I think.

  18. Lamar is very up and down. Time to make a trade for a veteran presence like Cam Newton or Kirk Cousins.

  19. I realize it was a long time ago but can someone please remind LaMar that the forward pass was legalized over 100 years ago? Please?

  20. The Lazy hot take is that the league “figured Lamar Jackson out”. Reality is they were a JUGGERNAUT A la 3 Headed Monster at the TE position in 2019 with Boyle, Hurst, and Andrew’s. Hurst left for Atlanta and that CLEARLY changed that dynamic significantly. Add to that reshuffling the RB chemistry with Dobbins sans Ingram and the this simply isn’t the same squad. Meanwhile they didn’t give LJ any significant help in the WR department. Clearly M Brown is not a WR1, There’s a huge need for additional skill position players in B-More……

  21. Just get a 2 TD lead on them and force him to throw to his WR. Reason why he’s never beaten the Chiefs.

  22. The dude is 30-7. 30-7 and 24 years old. Just confirms that these commenters are clueless.

  23. Clearly the Ravens are still on the fence with him due to his inability to improve his accuracy or they would have signed him to a new contract. The easiest way to stop him, if the defense has speed and some talent, is to clog up the middle to about 15 yards, don’t worry about any receivers 5 yards out and outside the numbers he can’t make those throws and don’t try to sack him just tighten the circle.

  24. nite2al says:
    August 24, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    All QBs are figured out, whether you can stop them or not is another story. The part I don’t get is the current narrative that you can stop Lamar in the playoffs. What about giving him credit for making the playoffs when many QBs you rave about have not done that? Fitztragic, Dalton, Stafford, Herbert. Lamar is the only QB where the goal post is constantly moving.
    Can’t throw…won MVP. Can’t win a playoff game…did that. Can come back in a playoff game…did that. Can’t win one the road in a playoff game…did that. Now it’s you can’t win a SB with Lamar, well damn! And even if he does that, all the credit will go the defense. He simply can’t win.
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    1-3 in the playoffs. 56% completion rate. 3 TDs to 5 INTs. A 68 rating. And you come out with THIS take??

    In 2 playoff games last season, ZERO passing TDs.

    Nobody needs to move the goalposts on Lamar.

  25. There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Looks like Lamar just crossed it. How many playoff wins under his leadership?

  26. Is it me or does it seem like some people are overly defensive of Lamar’s weaknesses as a QB. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers still get criticized. Every QB in the league does. Lamar certainly isn’t beyond criticism. Just calling like they see it, sure the guy had an MVP season and is a great athlete, but he’s got some obvious flaws, and once he gets paid (and he’ll likely make Josh Allen money if not more), the talent around him isn’t going to get any better. That’s a recipe for some skepticism on his career.

  27. If I were Lamar I’d sign whatever contract the Ravens deem fair. It’s a big year for him, better cash in while he can. I wouldn’t bet on him and that offer might get a whole lot smaller next year. And yes Lamar, defenses are figuring you out.

  28. I’m a die-hard Ravens fan and there are two things about Lamar Jackson. He is not a consistent passer, and he does not rise to the occasion in the playoffs.You pretty much know what your getting with him.

  29. Can’t wait to watch that Broncos defense get a hold of him in week five. His head’s going to be spinning.

  30. 1-3 in the playoffs. 56% completion rate. 3 TDs to 5 INTs. A 68 rating. And you come out with THIS take??

    In 2 playoff games last season, ZERO passing TDs.

    Nobody needs to move the goalposts on Lamar.
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    Dude is only 24! What did Manning have accomplished at 24? A bunch of INTs. What is Rodgers record in the playoffs or any QB not named Brady? You guys are ridiculous. Like this NFL stuff is easy.

  31. atfirstglance says:
    August 24, 2021 at 3:03 pm
    All the negative Lamar comments from haters who wish they had a mere shred of talent. Go work on yourselves little boys.

    I’m sorry Ms. Jackson! I am for real! Your son has no actual QB talent, but it is very motherly of you to come on here and defend him like this.

  32. I remember a lot of people saying Joe Flacco was not elite and he was superbowl MVP last year of his rookie contract. Preach on Lamar, this league can’t hold you done.i

  33. jed699 says:
    August 24, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Is it me or does it seem like some people are overly defensive of Lamar’s weaknesses as a QB. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers still get criticized. Every QB in the league does. Lamar certainly isn’t beyond criticism.
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    Ah, it’s just you dude. Whenever Lamar’s name comes up, it’s a whole bunch of criticism and me and 2 other dudes defending him. Just look at this thread. I never said Lamar is a top flight QB. But Lamar fits Ravens football and that’s what I like. Get it done, I don’t care whether he passes or runs. But G Roman has to expand the offense. Having your QB run blindly up the middle numerous times in a playoff game is stupid. We won SBs with Dilfer and Flacco, definitely not world beaters, so Lamar is more than capable. All this criticism from you armchair guys, but D coordinators are shaking in their boots every week when they face Lamar. You posters make no sense.

  34. Fun player to watch but that’s a TERRIBLE comment to make given his playoff experiences. Why not say he’s always working to improve or is going to add some more wrinkles to make it tougher on the D? But to just flat-out say he’s not changing a thing and will just see if things work out?

  35. Lol. Look at all the comments about Lamar’s playoff success, or lack there of…. I’m a Lions fan, so what do you guys think about 31 year old Stafford, and his ZERO playoff wins!? And Stafford has thrown to WR’s that are much better than anything Lamar has had.

  36. To the traditionalists on here I realize an urban dual threat QB may not be your cup of tea, but if you’re saying that Lamar is not must see TV and among the elite then you’re just hating. And this is coming from a Steelers fan.

  37. silentraven7 says:
    August 24, 2021 at 6:08 pm
    The hate Lamar gets is so unreal
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    Try being Josh Allen bud. From draft day til now nobody has received more QB hate, nobody. Now he’s only getting better and laughing all the way to the bank. Take notes Lamar. You caught everyone by surprise your MVP year with your elite athleticism but now the party’s over and its time to be a QB!

  38. The Chiefs showed everyone the blue print.

    Get a lead. Crowd the outside wrs, force him into tight windows and don’t let him break contain.

    Baltimore can run the ball, they just struggle keeping up with a Top 10 offense in scoring.

  39. cochino says:
    August 24, 2021 at 7:42 pm
    The Chiefs showed everyone the blue print.

    Get a lead. Crowd the outside wrs, force him into tight windows and don’t let him break contain.

    Baltimore can run the ball, they just struggle keeping up with a Top 10 offense in scoring.

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    lmao

    That swiss cheese Chiefs D? bawahaah

    Everyone knows the recipe.

  40. Hes been in the league for what 3yrs now? Hes accomplished more than peyton manning did in his first 3 years. Everyone rellaaxxx. The kid is still learning and has improved every year since hes been in the league. Theres tom Brady, and Patrick mahomes. It has took Every other qb whos been to the superbowl years to get it figured out.

  41. nite2al says:
    August 24, 2021 at 5:39 pm
    1-3 in the playoffs. 56% completion rate. 3 TDs to 5 INTs. A 68 rating. And you come out with THIS take??

    In 2 playoff games last season, ZERO passing TDs.

    Nobody needs to move the goalposts on Lamar.
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    Dude is only 24! What did Manning have accomplished at 24? A bunch of INTs. What is Rodgers record in the playoffs or any QB not named Brady? You guys are ridiculous. Like this NFL stuff is easy.

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    Brady had 3 SB wins and double digit postseason wins at this point in his career

  42. Being “figured out” by opposing defenses, is not the problem Lamar. The issue is, you will be pummeled into mediocrity, similar to Cam Newton.

  43. They already have. It’s the mush rush. Just like they did with Vick. Don’t go for sacks, make you throw the ball which you are average at best at.

  44. nhpats2011 says:
    August 24, 2021 at 8:12 pm
    nite2al says:
    August 24, 2021 at 5:39 pm
    1-3 in the playoffs. 56% completion rate. 3 TDs to 5 INTs. A 68 rating. And you come out with THIS take??

    In 2 playoff games last season, ZERO passing TDs.

    Nobody needs to move the goalposts on Lamar.
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    Dude is only 24! What did Manning have accomplished at 24? A bunch of INTs. What is Rodgers record in the playoffs or any QB not named Brady? You guys are ridiculous. Like this NFL stuff is easy.

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    Brady had 3 SB wins and double digit postseason wins at this point in his career

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    BB protected Brady VERY well early in his career and will do the same for Mac Jones.

    Manning, Brees and Rodgers would have killed to have BB as GM and Coach, so will Mahomes when his career is over.

    Team sport. Brady doesn’t play D and STs or catch the ball as we saw in the loss to Philly.

  45. aldavis4president says:
    August 24, 2021 at 8:09 pm
    Hes been in the league for what 3yrs now? Hes accomplished more than peyton manning did in his first 3 years. Everyone rellaaxxx. The kid is still learning and has improved every year since hes been in the league. Theres tom Brady, and Patrick mahomes. It has took Every other qb whos been to the superbowl years to get it figured out.

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    Did you just compare the skill sets of Manning to Lamar Jackson?

    You do realize the rules under Goodell are also far more favorable than what they were for Manning and qbs staring out in the Tagliabue era.

    You Ravens are not only incredible homers, you just aren’t very bright.

  46. Lamar Jackson has a passer rating of 59.2 with 381 yards, 3 touchdowns and 5 interceptions in 4 games versus the Steelers in his career.

  47. 3 points in Buffalo, 3! And when he sniffed the red zone, 101 yard pick-6! He was sacked like 7 times. But yeah, nobody’s got him figured out, except for one Leslie Frazier!

  48. Dude is only 24! What did Manning have accomplished at 24? A bunch of INTs. What is Rodgers record in the playoffs or any QB not named Brady? You guys are ridiculous. Like this NFL stuff is easy.

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    Brady had 3 SB wins and double digit postseason wins at this point in his career

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    Not at 24 he didn’t.

  49. Go listen to the interview with Taron Johnson last year after his pick 6. Then he got knocked out of the game on a pass rush. Then tell me the league isn’t catching on.
    I’m not saying he can’t still be very good but some teams are figuring him out

  50. Dude is only 24! What did Manning have accomplished at 24? A bunch of INTs. What is Rodgers record in the playoffs or any QB not named Brady? You guys are ridiculous. Like this NFL stuff is easy.

    Rodgers didn’t play for 3 years so there’s that

  51. You’re right, Lamar. Certainly no defense has figured out that you are practically a liability if made to throw the ball. And nobody has figured out that when you are down in a game and start brooding on the sideline, that the game is OVER.

    Yep, you have the NFL completely fooled…..

    In all seriousness – make him throw. He CAN make ANY throw, but he lacks confidence, especially when pressured and, even moreso, when they are behind. His brooding on the sideline may just be his personality – but the message it sends to teammates or anyone watching is FAR from positive. When Brady, Burrow, Rogers, heck, pretty much any decent QB is down – they are trying to rally, to fire up the team. Lamar looks like you ran over his puppy.

  52. What we know is that he runs 33% of the time. He’s never completed 300 passes in a season or 3,200 yards. He’s Baltimore’s best running back. When his OL breaks down he will have problems.

  53. Defenses have figured out Lamar, just review the playoff tapes

    His own team doubts him which is why they are taking the wait and see approach in regards to contract extensions. Don’t be shocked if Baltimore realizes they can’t win with this guy at QB in the playoffs

  54. Lamar Jackson is a smart, excellent athlete, and good human being. He is the most exciting player the NFL to watch. You can not win a Superbowl with him as a your qb. He can’t beat 3 good teams in a row because he is just not a good enough passer.

    And before anyone calls me a hater it’s the same problem I have with my eagles current qb Hurts. I think he will be exciting and do things that win regular season games but never be able to win in the playoffs..

  55. The kiss of death. He acts like he has been going to the AFC Championship every year.

    Sure they have him figured out.

  56. Josh Allen PASSING STATS 2018-2020

    67 TDs…..31 ints……PASSER RATING 90.4……Passing yards 9,707

    Lamar Jackson PASSING STATS 2018-2020

    68 TDs……18 ints…..PASSER RATING 102.6….. Passing yards 7,085

    And Allen had TWO All-Pro Wr’s , Go figure.

  57. I figured him out in madden. Easy to shut down him and mahomes with a nickel qb contain scheme

  58. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    August 24, 2021 at 10:58 pm
    Dude is only 24! What did Manning have accomplished at 24? A bunch of INTs. What is Rodgers record in the playoffs or any QB not named Brady? You guys are ridiculous. Like this NFL stuff is easy.

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    Brady had 3 SB wins and double digit postseason wins at this point in his career

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    Not at 24 he didn’t.

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    Who cares about age? I am measuring them both on number of seasons played. And there is no comparison. Nada

  59. The hate this young man is getting is mind-boggling. I Really don’t get it. I don’t. Lamar has taken the NFL by storm and He is so awesome to watch. He is electrifying and exciting to watch. His leadership is off the chart good. He never takes credit for anything. Always credits the rest of the team for the any success. His win average is .739. IS his game complete yet? The answer is simple: No. Not yet. He is a work in progress and is only getting better.
    People like to point out to his struggles in the playoffs. I’d say that is part of the maturation process. Lamar’s legacy is one in a generation. He will be a great one and will have a bust in Canton when it’s all said and done. If you say otherwise, you are either a hater or just a simply a troll.

  60. Very few QBs that come into thid league have early success like Lamar and career success like Cam, yet you guys at act like these two players were pulled off the scrap heap. Suddenly, Josh Allen is getting all this praise. What has he done? And Herbert, his team didn’t make the playoffs. What the hell is your measure of success?

  61. They figured him out just like they did Kaepernick. If you can’t throw….eventually you’re gonna get hit a wall. Which CK certainly did.

  62. LamarJacksonisElite says:
    August 25, 2021 at 10:07 am
    The hate this young man is getting is mind-boggling. I Really don’t get it. I don’t. Lamar has taken the NFL by storm and He is so awesome to watch.

    So was the Wildcat formation in 2008. Took 1 season before teams figured out how to game plan for it, rendering it mostly obsolete. Lamar is your Wildcat formation

  63. ghjjf says:
    August 24, 2021 at 3:02 pm
    Has he scheduled an appointment to get vaccinated yet? Need to know for my fantasy football league….

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    Not a joke. Cam Newton dropped quite a bit on my board after his latest news. Stay grinding!

  64. tinye67 says:
    August 25, 2021 at 10:31 am

    They figured him out just like they did Kaepernick. If you can’t throw….eventually you’re gonna get hit a wall. Which CK certainly did
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    Figured him out all the way to numerous championship games and the last play in a Superbowl. Laughable.

  65. Lamar’s led Ravens are 10-5 vs. teams with winning records, so anyone saying he can’t beat a good team is not fact checking.

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