Lamar Jackson: League should protect all QBs, not just me

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Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said after last Sunday’s win over the Broncos that he believes that opposing teams are not flagged for roughing the passer on quarterback Lamar Jackson often enough.

No one has been penalized for such a hit on Jackson since December 2019 and the perceived lack of protection from officials led to a question for Jackson on Thursday about potentially donning more padding to protect himself. Jackson said he wouldn’t be doing that while noting that every quarterback should be treated the same way by officials.

“I feel like if I put on extra pads and stuff like that, I’ll be looking like a Transformer,” Jackson said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. “I don’t want to be slowed down. But I just feel we should be protecting all QBs in the league, not just myself.”

Jackson missed practice time with a sore back last week, but said he’ll practice on Wednesday and is feeling “101 percent” heading into Monday night’s game against the Colts.

31 responses to “Lamar Jackson: League should protect all QBs, not just me

  1. Running QBs will get less protection. Sorry but they have to be able to hit runners or might as well just have your QB run down the field since the rules won’t allow you to hit him.

  2. He’s not wrong. Once he leaves the pocket to run, that changes, but he’s taking questionable hits when standing in the pocket and no calls. I understand the hesitation of the officials, but he has a point.

    I remember once watching Courtney Upshaw sack Ben Roethlisberger and get called for roughing the passer. Not only did Ben tuck the ball in anticipation of the hit, but he was out of the pocket. Upshaw sacked him, prior to the body weight enforcement, and was called for roughing. That made zero sense to me, but does show a level of credibility in what Lamar is saying.

    He’s not asking for special treatment, just consistency across the board. And I don’t think he is wrong for that.

  3. He’s getting hit more in the pocket, after throwing a pass – than he is when he runs. There were at least 2 super late, borderline cheap, hits @ Denver last week.

  4. Option 1..stay in pocket GET the call IF HIT. Option 2, run out of the pocket get hit NO call. Pretty simple. Isn’t the HC explaining this to him?

  5. Fools….he was shelled after standing in the pocket and completing a touchdown pass. How can he run with it after the ball is no longer in his hands??!! The ignorance of people is mind boggling.

  6. Kind of feel for the refs on this one. You have a running QB that makes the most out of broken plays with his legs. The refs have to balance his ability to continue to do that with his safety. Pocket passing QBs get the calls more reliably as a result.

  7. “jerruhjones says:
    October 7, 2021 at 12:40 pm
    How can you call ‘roughing the passer’ on a RB?”

    You mean the guy leading the league in yards per completion and air yards per attempt? That guy? Keep sleeping on him, he likes it that way.

  8. Cam Newton, Big Ben, Jackson, all these guys have had the same problem over the years. Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and maybe some others always get that flag when they want it, it seems….

  9. ravensam says:
    October 7, 2021 at 12:57 pm
    Fools….he was shelled after standing in the pocket and completing a touchdown pass. How can he run with it after the ball is no longer in his hands??!! The ignorance of people is mind boggling.
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    They don’t want him as a QB. Matter of fact, they don’t want any black QBs. You can feel it in their words. Who are ‘they’? They know who ‘they’ are. Their parents ore hoods, Trump let them take em off.

    It’s so funny that last week 10 black QBs started for the first time ever. The trend is set. It starts in Pop Warner and ends in the NFL. Had Tyrod and Lance started… The league is changing for the good. Statues are falling & dual threat QBs are everywhere.

  10. He should be getting the same protection that every NFL QB gets. His running ability shouldn’t matter.

    When he does run though…

    He needs to learn to better protect himself.

  11. Ilostmyteamtogreedandsettledforbetter says:
    October 7, 2021 at 1:00 pm
    “jerruhjones says:
    October 7, 2021 at 12:40 pm
    How can you call ‘roughing the passer’ on a RB?”

    You mean the guy leading the league in yards per completion and air yards per attempt? That guy? Keep sleeping on him, he likes it that way.
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    With a fledgling 60% completion rate I suspect both of those drop with more attempts. Just sayin. Sleeping on him? Not likely.

  12. Jackson is incredibly talented – I haven’t felt that he takes any more abuse than any other QB in the pocket, but maybe I just haven’t been paying attention to that.

    As @cakesw says – when he runs he needs to do a better job of protecting himself. He takes far too many big hits, and it only takes one to put him out of commission. Mariota never learned this lesson. Russell Wilson does a good job of taking what he can get without sacrificing his body.

  13. Lamar and his coach had no concerns over hits when he ran on the last play of a game thet already had won.

  14. Protect QBs while in the pocket. When they become runners, their “protections” should be removed. The quick slide after scrambling actually puts defensive players in a very tough and potentially compromising position when they’re coming in full speed and then have to hit the brakes to avoid roughing the QB. Seems to be an egregious advantage for the offense. If the QBs don’t like being hit…don’t try to run the ball.

  15. Cam Newton had same problem but worse, being not just mobile but big. I remember their re-match with Broncos to start next season after their Superbowl loss. There was sequence where Newton got absolutely blasted; not only was call missed but it was obvious on TV Newton wasn’t home anymore; eyes glazed over, going through snap count on muscle memory. Even the announcers didn’t notice. It was surreal to watch.

  16. qdog112 says:
    October 7, 2021 at 1:07 pm
    ravensam says:
    October 7, 2021 at 12:57 pm
    Fools….he was shelled after standing in the pocket and completing a touchdown pass. How can he run with it after the ball is no longer in his hands??!! The ignorance of people is mind boggling.
    ************
    They don’t want him as a QB. Matter of fact, they don’t want any black QBs. You can feel it in their words. Who are ‘they’? They know who ‘they’ are. Their parents ore hoods, Trump let them take em off.

    It’s so funny that last week 10 black QBs started for the first time ever. The trend is set. It starts in Pop Warner and ends in the NFL. Had Tyrod and Lance started… The league is changing for the good. Statues are falling & dual threat QBs are everywhere.

    ——-

    Let us know when he has a second postseason win

  17. Have some cheese with your whine. Lower tier qb’s never get the same protection as Brady, Rodgers, Mahoney. I don’t hear Baker whining. Grow up.

  18. Boo hoo. QBs already get protected more than any other position in the game. If he doesn’t like to get hit then stay in the pocket and throw the ball. Oh, that’s right….he can’t read defenses.

  19. Passers are passers whether they sometimes run or not. But the inconsistency both ways is horrible. It’s not just mobility, but age, experience, size are all seemingly taken into account when the Refs are thinking about throwing a flag. The calls tend to be as egregious as the non-calls.

  20. itsamadmadmadmadworld says:
    October 7, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Boo hoo. QBs already get protected more than any other position in the game. If he doesn’t like to get hit then stay in the pocket and throw the ball. Oh, that’s right….he can’t read defenses.

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    You couldn’t have proven your ignorance any better.

    Try watching any of his games this year. You might actually learn something, although I doubt it.

  21. When Lame runs less than six times a game and develops a consistent passing game and then involves other players than himself in the plays, then he can be called a QB. Funny thing happens when a guy wearing a QB Halloween costume every game decides to start playing the position and the costume becomes a uniform and gets the protection he would deserve.

    Right now he is an unprofessional, unethical running back who is exploiting a positional loophole that allows him to take off a the last second to make up for his inability to read a defense. If you are going to run more than Russell Wilson per game (the modern “mobile” QB standard), then you are a joke of a QB and you are just a running back who can throw the ball near a receiver.

  22. Do the Lamar haters posting seriously not understand he’s talking about while he’s in the pocket ? This has nothing to do with when he’s running. He understands he’s “fair game” then. When will some of you get over the fact he’s not a conventional QB, but an effective unconventional one ? It’s hard to fathom the hate this guy generates when all he does is win, keep his nose clean, remain humble and improve.

  23. Lamar has changed the game, and those players are usually the ones that end up in Canton. Look at what his peers say and you’ll see the respect he has earned. All you ignorant trolls don’t have any credibility anyway, so keep living under a rock.

  24. “Lamar” & “Canton” in the same sentence is laughable. If for only being “Mr Regular Season”. I would imagine people who don’t live under a rock may think this way?

  25. Don’t run the ball with 5 seconds left for a record then after you already have the win locked up. It’s so hard to root for Ravens. Such hypocrisy here from this guy.

  26. BuckyBadger says:
    October 7, 2021 at 12:43 pm
    Running QBs will get less protection. Sorry but they have to be able to hit runners or might as well just have your QB run down the field since the rules won’t allow you to hit him.

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    I think the Ravens have an issue with Lamar being roughed up in the pocket and not drawing flags. Forget about when he’s running. If he’s running, he loses the QB protection and the rules change when it comes to protecting him. So, really while standing in the Pocket, running QB’s don’t get the same treatment as qb’s who are not known for their mobility.

  27. Lamar isnt asking for protection when he runs. He rarely gets hit when he runs. He is asking to be protected AFTER he passes. Those are the late hits he’s talking about.
    Teams are using the times that he passes to hit him LATE to try and beat him down.

  28. It’s obvious that a lot of people commenting here haven’t actually watched a lot of Ravens games, and are just imagining the stereotype of a running quarterback. For one, Jackson is so elusive he doesn’t take a lot of hard hits when he runs—that’s why it was noteworthy when he chose to stay in bounds on that run in the Lions game. (He did that, by the way, to motivate his offense and it worked.)

    Second, how is it that so many “football fans” here don’t even know the basic rules of the game? We’re talking about ROUGHING THE PASSER, which doesn’t happen when you’re running the ball. It happens by definition WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE THE BALL ANYMORE, and it should be obvious to the defense that you don’t. Whether or not you run a lot on other plays is completely irrelevant to this discussion.

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