Lamar Jackson: If you were on our offense, you’d be mad too

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Thursday night’s game wound up looking like a mismatch on the field, but not in the way that most people expected.

The Dolphins defense dominated the Ravens offense for the majority of Thursday night’s 22-10 victory, which was a surprise for many since the Ravens were 6-2 going into the game and the Dolphins were 2-7. Miami blitzed safeties Jevon Holland and Brandon Jones more often than any other defensive backs blitzed in the last six seasons and Baltimore wilted under the pressure being applied by the Dolphins defense.

After a field goal and a missed field goal to open the game, the Ravens had a string of eight straight punts broken up by the end of the first half and a lost fumble. It was the lowest scoring regular season game of quarterback Lamar Jackson’s career and it led to him barking at teammates on the bench as the Dolphins moved toward a win.

“I was hot. Like, we weren’t scoring any points,” Jackson said, via the team’s website. “We were putting our defense out there. . . . I feel our defense played lights out, man. We just weren’t getting it done on offense. So that’s why I was mad. If you were on offense, you would be mad, too.”

The NFL can be a copycat league, so others are likely to lift things from the Dolphins in the weeks to come. If the Ravens don’t have a better answer, their strong start to the season won’t amount to much.

61 responses to “Lamar Jackson: If you were on our offense, you’d be mad too

  1. Harbaugh will also lift the Dolphins plan and run it against them in practice to prepare them for other teams copying it.

  2. The Ravens did win two games in the last seconds so maybe they should be a 4-5 team because they sure looked bad last night.

  3. It’s the NFL .. (not for long). Any team on any game day can beat the “better” team. It’s happened numerous times already this year with more to come. Only a couple divisions are runaways … going to be fascinating the last 1/2 of the season.

  4. Heavy on the blitz and dropping one or two defenders from the blitz. That’s the blueprint the Dolphins provided

  5. Detroit, you are up on Sunday. Both the Jags and Dolphins defeated teams they had no business beating and all you have are the Steelers.

    Bizarro NFL world continues. Didn’t like 6 out of 7 favorites lose during the 1am games last week as well?

  6. And so the inevitable demise of Lamar Jackson begins. Should’ve traded him for maximum value while we had the chance before everybody figured out he’s not the complete QB they all think he is.

  7. 538 had the Ravens as a 70% favorite. On the road against a 2-7 team with a backup QB, who actually went our during the game. What happened?

    This is today’s NFL. No more giants. No more dynasties. In the salary cap era, every team has holes that can be exploited and immediate adaptability can be difficult with limited personnel.

    Ironic that sportsbook gambling is opening in more places while the outcome of games becomes even more unpredictable.

    My advice? Don’t gamble. Buy stock.

  8. Wait, you mean he’s not “Superman” like the MNF crew called him for 3 hours, a few weeks back? If he’s unhappy with last night’s offense, one of the main the culprits is in the mirror.
    But hats off to the Miami D which looked/played like kryptonite.

  9. I love my Ravens, but this is not a very good team. Last night they looked like the worst team in the league. Lamar was absolutely horrible. He reverted back to all his old bad passing habits. There is no rhythm to this offense. The defense stepped up, but it was against one of the worst offenses in the league. I don’t think 10days days rest is going to fix what is wrong with this team. And even though the refs seem to have it in for us, I can’t blame them. We just played like trash.

  10. The fumble recovery for a touchdown was the difference in a close defensive battle. One play decided the game. The Ravens also had a few dropped passes that could have made the difference. But Miami’s defense looked good. Their rookie Phillips #15 looks awesome. He’s going to be a force. He effects lots of plays, even if none of it shows up in the box score. If Miami gets decent QB play, they could compete with just about anybody.

  11. The Ravens came in expecting a cake walk. Instead the Dolphins came to play and won a great victory. No team can coast in the NFL! Congrats to the fish. They played great!!!

  12. This pains me as a Browns fan – but Lamar loss aside, that young man has smashed expectations and is getting better in all areas I thought he’d be bad at.

  13. I might be mad, but would still shake hands with the opposing qb and others vs walking off without my participation trophy

  14. Yes, the Dolphins defense was lights out…. They only gave up 10 points to your starters. Your defense gave up 16 points to a backup.

  15. Feel sorry for Lamar. Not helped by Greg Roman predictable screen pass play calls that were not working. Kept calling them and couldn’t beat blitz.
    Wish Lamar had Kliff Kingsbury type play caller and do magic like he has with Kyler.
    Lamar been carrying this team.

  16. Lamar is Michael Vick 2.0 on the football field. Flashes of brilliance but too inconsistent to be considered elite. Ravens will never win a title with him and will regret giving him a monster contract.

  17. I watched that game, and the Ravens D was not playing “lights out.” They didn’t play well at all. And their offense is based on Jackson running, which he didn’t do. Made no sense.

  18. Lamar is trash. He got exposed. The Ravens are only 6-3 because of help from the officials. The lions game they were gifted extra time to snap the ball, and against the vikings a number of questionable calls kept them on the field.

  19. He didn’t handle the pressure well at all. He bounced the ball to his receivers a few times. Gotta hand it to the Dolphins. They really took it to him and limited his running. In spite of Jackson bouncing the ball, that defense was terrible. The Dolphins are terrible but you would have thought they were the 6-2 team last night.

  20. Brown with 13 targets and those silly lateral quick throws that worked maybe once all night. He is not a Number 1….way too small and disappears with an average size DB on him. Devonta Freeman couldn’t block in Falcons historic SB loss to the Pats and he still cant. They need to scheme and feed Andrews and Bateman and stop tip-toeing around “veterans” like Brown and Watkins. they aren’t alphas, not even close.
    What a horrible display of coaching and game-planning. Harbaugh and his crew get an F- for last night

  21. Great win by the Dolphins. And always a pleasure to see Harbaugh with that deer in the headlights look on the sideline.

    But hey, at least they have their preseason win streak going.

  22. If I’m in the Ravens management offices, I’m looking at this game as to why I would not give Jackson a big contract.
    This had all the expectations of a stat packing fantasy extravaganza like he’s had in the past against bad defences. Instead you got a rookie level embarrassing performance from a quarterback now playing in his fourth year as a starter.

  23. Dumb fans: har har if you’re mad you shoulda played better, ya running’ back!

    Smart fans: I want the kind of guys who take losses personally on my team

  24. The blueprint is out.. Blitz Lamar all day and keep him in the pocket. He can’t throw enough accurate passes to beat you.

  25. Be careful young man, barking at teammates could end up with a lineman saying ooops a bunch more times !!!

  26. The Ravens are overhyped, their 2 best wins was over the Chiefs and Chargers 2 teams that are both struggling. I suspect the Ravens will Raven when the playoffs start. Whoever they play in the first round will be ready for Harbaugh and his one trick pony. They will blitz him and disguise their coverage and Lamar will do what Lamar does when he’s pressured, try to run on every busted pass play and he will finish the game with a 120 yards passing.

  27. I feel our defense played lights out, man.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Yes, on the two coverage breakdowns it was like the Ravens could not see receivers running downfield without coverage. They made Tua look almost competent.

  28. “That Jevon Holland’s a player”…………………Yeah he is

  29. That pass Tua threw to Albert Wilson had to make him think he was still at Bama, playing The Citadel.

  30. I now see the value in the “unflappable” Joe Flacco, after watching Lamar absolutely MELT DOWN when faced with adversity.

    His career is gonna be a firework show. Big and bright, and about five minutes long, followed by complete darkness and silence. The Ravens should’ve already traded him, and Lamar should’ve already signed a contract – both sides acting like this dance lasts forever. Honeymoons over.

  31. Did Josh Allen get this much criticism when the Jaguars beat the Bills? You know, the all-hype early crowned supposed super bowl champs.

  32. The Ravens should be 4-6 right now, at best, including losses to the Lions, Colts and Vikings. The Lions win never happens if the refs are doing their jobs, and the Colts and Vikes wins never happen if the opposing QBs don’t have complete mental breakdowns at critical points.

    Even the Chiefs win, in which they gave up 35 points to a team that is averaging a little over half that looks less impressive now.

    This team is a paper tiger and absolutely no threat to make any serious noise this year.

  33. This is today’s NFL. No more giants. No more dynasties. In the salary cap era, every team has holes that can be exploited
    —————–well there is that one exception, yea you know who, that horrible gm that somehow just keeps putting together winners for two plus decades.

  34. Cough! Um,Lamar you are fine with being the offense when running for MVP, but when you fail to be the offense you aren’t yelling at you, your yelling at your teammates! Start bringing a mirror to the game, last night was on you, you failed to make Miami pay for the blitz, spend more time in the classroom on it, running around isn’t the answer!

  35. Not a Ravens fan but wow I do I like L.J. Give me 53 with his talent AND approach and Mercury Morris will never pop a champagne bottle again.
    As for Lamar now being a great passer…words spoken by those being afraid of being called a racist…he’s not. He’s better than he used to be but he’s still a below average thrower of the ball. And I’m not sure how long, once we have enough data points, the average career for “run first” qb’s will be (my guess is around age 30)…but still, so many over paid athletes these days (John Wall in NBA) are ruining sport…it’s refreshing to see guys like L.J. still exist, wish he was on my team.

  36. Haha, you will all forget about this game when the Ravens are in the Super Bowl. Every NFL team has a bad loss or 2, no biggie. Actually, Lamar played pretty well considering the pressure. Did you not see Brady in the Saints game? One thing to note, the OCs have do better. That zero blitz scheme should be easly exploited.

  37. Baltimore is a team that can beat the best teams in the NFL and lose to the worst teams in the NFL. They’re not robots whose performance is entirely predictable. The human element, the emotional component, is what makes the game great. Seeing men who overcome adversity, the ones who crumble under pressure, who makes a mistake and folds vs who can overcome their errors- This is why we watch….

  38. What no one seems to factor in with QBs like Lamar Jackson and his ilk is the attrition– mental and physical that happens from 60 minutes of playing a position where you can’t take a play off. He’s either throwing it, running it, or pretending to run it every single play all while trying to read the defense and keeping track of knowing what every other player on the offense is doing. This is why these type of QBs can get sloppy toward the end of games, and miss a read leading to a pick, or mishandle the ball leading to a fumble. A traditional QB hands the ball of 30-40 times a game with no other worries. This is why it is very difficult for one of these QBs to win a Lombardi.

  39. lastwordonpft says:
    November 12, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    What no one seems to factor in with QBs like Lamar Jackson and his ilk is the attrition– mental and physical that happens from 60 minutes of playing a position where you can’t take a play off. He’s either throwing it, running it, or pretending to run it every single play all while trying to read the defense and keeping track of knowing what every other player on the offense is doing. This is why these type of QBs can get sloppy toward the end of games, and miss a read leading to a pick, or mishandle the ball leading to a fumble. A traditional QB hands the ball of 30-40 times a game with no other worries. This is why it is very difficult for one of these QBs to win a Lombardi.
    _______________________________________

    Not a bad take. QBs with options can get stuck in the middle of do I run or pass? And that can screw them up whereas other QBs know pass is the only option, so there is only one thing to do. Where I disagree is these types of QBs can’t win a SB. The sample size is just too small with these guys. You got 1-3 running QBs per year and they are supposed to take on the entire league? At same time you got countless dropback QBs year in and year out who suck. Running QBs on average do have more success. Kap was one questiinable call away from winning a SB. Let’s not close the book on these guys just yet. Every bad game Lamar has, the trolls come out. But nobody says anything about Stafford or Allen’s horrible games, go figure.

  40. nite2al says:
    “Where I disagree is these types of QBs can’t win a SB.”
    ——————————-
    I said: “This is why it is very difficult for one of these QBs to win a Lombardi.” It may very well happen some day…but I’m not betting on it.

  41. Other teams won’t be able to do what the Dolphins did (just like no one could copy the wildcat successfully).. why? Because the Dolphins have 2 of the top 10 CB’s in the NFL and both safeties are speed demons with big hit ability…. I’m not sure any other team could both cover the WR’s and blitz like that… could be wrong though. I think the Phin’s went with no LB’s multiple times during that game as well. Troy Aikman seemed highly confused by the defense through most of the game as well.

  42. For those attacking Lamar Jackson…. going into last night he had better numbers than this point in his 2019 MVP season. This was the Dolphins not Lamar

  43. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    November 12, 2021 at 10:45 am
    The Ravens should be 4-6 right now, at best, including losses to the Lions, Colts and Vikings. The Lions win never happens if the refs are doing their jobs, and the Colts and Vikes wins never happen if the opposing QBs don’t have complete mental breakdowns at critical points.

    Even the Chiefs win, in which they gave up 35 points to a team that is averaging a little over half that looks less impressive now.

    This team is a paper tiger and absolutely no threat to make any serious noise this year.

    __________

    If you want to play this game.. the Dolphins are about 5 plays from 4 more wins (including 3 games lost by end of game FG’s)…. “If if’s and but’s were candy and nuts…..”

  44. Games like this are why this team and its quarterback are not taken seriously. To lay an egg like this in primetime is rediculous. This comes from a Raven fan.

  45. I just don’t understand why Ravens fans or the media NEVER criticize Lamar when he plays poorly. If you want to proclaim him MVP and All Universe when he throws for over 300 yards for the second time in his career, then why can’t you be honest and call him out when he plays a huge role in losing a game? Which is what he did last night. Also, when does he stop getting the benefit of the doubt for being a “young” QB? He’s been in the league 4 years and he still can’t read defenses, has no idea what to do when he feels pressure, and can’t complete any throws into tight coverage under said pressure. Other than that, sure, he’s the league MVP.

  46. It’s worth posting that Tom Brady stunk today. The GOAT was really bad. Ravens fans always scream and shout when other QBs don’t get criticism after poor performances. So there you go. And at the same time, recognize that it’s ok for you to criticize Lamar when he stinks too. And he’s been bad the last 4 games, with his most recent game his worst. Just facts. Nothing more.

  47. The past few weeks:
    Rodgers stunk
    Wilson stunk
    Brady stunk
    Allen Stunk
    Tannehill stunk
    Mahomes has stunk royally.
    Lamar started slow. And still almost lead the Ravens to victory.
    I hate the Ravens. But knocking Jackson is being blinded by hate or jealousy.

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