Ravens QB coach: Lamar Jackson is a master at ignoring outside distractions

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Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is heading into the final year of his contract, and unless he signs a long-term extension, there will be constant questions about whether he’ll leave Baltimore. But Jackson’s position coach says that won’t distract him from the task at hand.

Baltimore quarterbacks coach James Urban said Jackson always keeps his focus solely on his job, and never allows anything to prevent him from getting to work.

“No, we’ve always had this mentality when we come to this building, when you walk through the doors of The Castle here in this beautiful facility, we go to work. When we walk out onto the field, it’s time to work. We don’t worry about the outside distractions. He is a master of that. He is tremendously good at focusing on the task at hand. When we’re in meetings, that’s the task. Or when we’re on the field, that’s the task,” Urban said.

Jackson doesn’t have an agent, and one of the good things about having an agent is that it allows a player to put his own focus solely on football while letting his agent take care of contract negotiations. Unless Jackson hires an agent, any contract talks with the Ravens will necessarily take his own time and energy. Even if his quarterbacks coach is confident that he can prevent it from becoming a distraction.

35 responses to “Ravens QB coach: Lamar Jackson is a master at ignoring outside distractions

  1. Lamar will get agent and then he will get the biggest QB contract ever and you trolls will look like fools for calling him an idiot.

  2. “A master at ignoring outside distractions”, eh? While winning nothing.

    Name a championship winning QB who is mobile runs first. I’m wishing. Not Vick. Not Randall Cunningham, who. He’s good, maybe great. You’ll win zero.zero championships.

  3. From the looks of it he’s probably going to play this year out and weigh all of his options. Obviously I’m just speculating as nobody knows what he’s thinking but him but that seems like the direction.

    I wouldn’t blame him either, Ravens have kind of dropped the ball in building a SB winner. I don’t understand their philosophy but it feels like they get close enough with their roster to always be in playoff contention and their front office just sits on it hoping for a rare window to open up like 2000 or 2013, despite the usually flaw stopping them in the modern game being a good WR group. And when they had one they immediately blew it up after winning the SB which caused Flacco to fall back to earth as his chemistry guy (Boldin) was gone.

    I just don’t get it cauase where as the Packers seem like they’re fine with being just good enough, the Ravens always give the impression that they want to win but can’t get passed 98% for some reason.

  4. Too bad he’s not a master at throwing from the pocket. That would cure his contract, and playoff woes.

  5. Ravens can get at least two more seasons out of Lamar without a new contract. They should know by then what he is capable of as a QB. Throw out the lows and the highs – 2021 was a disaster due to injuries, while in 2019 he was Cinderella and won the MVP. Right now they can mostly judge him on 2020, another weird year due to Covid. These next two seasons will tell the tale.

  6. I’m sure Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti is privately cursing Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam for giving Deshaun Watson that mammoth guaranteed contract which set precedent for the current QB market. Lamar Jackson will be angling for $45-46 mill a year which is insane. This will be a Jared Goff contract level of regret for Baltimore once Lamar gets bounced early from a few more playoffs.

  7. absolutevisuals says:
    June 18, 2022 at 7:41 am
    From the looks of it he’s probably going to play this year out and weigh all of his options. Obviously I’m just speculating as nobody knows what he’s thinking but him but that seems like the direction.

    I wouldn’t blame him either, Ravens have kind of dropped the ball in building a SB winner. I don’t understand their philosophy but it feels like they get close enough with their roster to always be in playoff contention and their front office just sits on it hoping for a rare window to open up like 2000 or 2013, despite the usually flaw stopping them in the modern game being a good WR group. And when they had one they immediately blew it up after winning the SB which caused Flacco to fall back to earth as his chemistry guy (Boldin) was gone.
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    The season after Boldin was traded, Torrey Smith had 1128 receiving yards. I guess Flacco didn’t have a chemistry guy.

  8. To the guy who said this—“Name a championship winning QB who is mobile runs first. I’m wishing. Not Vick. Not Randall Cunningham, who. He’s good, maybe great. You’ll win zero.zero championships,” Steve Young was a running QB.

  9. thisonesforpat says:
    June 18, 2022 at 6:46 am

    “A master at ignoring outside distractions”, eh? While winning nothing.

    Name a championship winning QB who is mobile runs first. I’m wishing. Not Vick. Not Randall Cunningham, who. He’s good, maybe great. You’ll win zero.zero championships.
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    Such a weak argument. You got a ton of regular dropback QBs who don’t do squat year after year in the NFL. Running QBs are far more successful than the non runners. They always make the playoffs, but the sample size is just too small when you’re talking about championships. You got 1 or 2 per year, if that. And they are supposed gobble up SBs like candy against 30 other QBs in the league? So, Dilfer and Brad Johnson are better than Marino and Cunningham or Lamar, for that matter? It’s nice to have a great QB, but you also need the other guys. Stafford and Brady just proved that by running to stacked teams. You guys get on Lamar for not winning playoff games, well most QBs don’t even sniff the playoffs. And what difference does it make anyway? If Lamar wins a SB, you guys will give all the credit to the defense because of all the hate. But keep propping up guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick who did absolutely nothing in the NFL.

  10. “Steve Young was a running QB.” Steve Young was a mobile passing QB who could throw for 4k yards with 70% comp during the 90s. He averaged 358 rushing yards per season during his starting years in SF. That’s just about what Mahomes averages. Young could run but he wasn’t a running QB, he was a passing QB who was mobile. He won with his arm similar to mahomes. You wouldnt call either just a running QB.

  11. He’s shown that he can dig his team out of just about any hole, but he’s also shown a regular tendency to be the one who dug the holes in the first place.

    They win a lot of close games and don’t score as much as they probably should for having such a dynamo at QB.

    This means he has something very significant that needs improving/fixing in his game. If he really “always keeps his focus solely on his job”, he would have been out there with his team even earlier to work on it.

    He’s gifted but he keeps stalling at a point that he seemingly hasn’t yet figured out how to remedy.

  12. He will never play another down for BAL. The Ravens have some of the smartest football evaluators in the league and they know he isn’t the guy long-term. Wonder why Carolina hasn’t yet traded for Mayfield or Jimmy G? Three first rounders coming to BAL soon. Maybe two first and a second.

  13. Is there any record of what the Ravens have already offered that he has turned down?

  14. Someone said Steve Young was a “running QB”? They need to go ask Jerry Rice how he was able to catch 119 TDs and 780 passes from a “running QB”. There were not many QBs who threw a prettier & accurate spiral, than Young.

  15. cardsgreat says:
    June 18, 2022 at 12:58 pm
    He will never play another down for BAL. The Ravens have some of the smartest football evaluators in the league and they know he isn’t the guy long-term. Wonder why Carolina hasn’t yet traded for Mayfield or Jimmy G? Three first rounders coming to BAL soon. Maybe two first and a second.
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    Who wonders why? They don’t want to pay Darnold and Mayfield both 5th year guranteed salaries, which combined would be just shy of $38 million. Jimmy won’t be cleared to even start throwing again until July. Yeah, can you see Lamar getting traded to Carolina and wanting to sign a new contact? I don’t.

  16. grant35 says:
    June 18, 2022 at 1:44 pm
    Someone said Steve Young was a “running QB”? They need to go ask Jerry Rice how he was able to catch 119 TDs and 780 passes from a “running QB”. There were not many QBs who threw a prettier & accurate spiral, than Young.
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    Now tell us how AJ Brown was able to have over 1,000 yards receiving in two consecutive seasons with Lamar Jackson behind center. I guess Lamar wasn’t a running QB. Right? Same same.

  17. MortimerInMiami says:

    June 18, 2022 at 5:46 am

    Too bad he is not a master of winning playoff games.
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    If anyone would be a master of not winning playoff games, it would be the Miami Dolphins.

    22 years and counting.

  18. I think players should always have agents. Agents are professional negotiators. Players aren’t.

  19. Lions will give you our two first round picks next year and Goff’s expiring contract for Lamar.

  20. I just don’t see how Lamar is seen as deserving to be the highest paid QB in the league. Deshaun Watson contract aside, I’m not even sure Lamar is Top 10. And can he even play out a long term deal and be healthy?

  21. Well I suppose he’s innovative in his own way. It’s not often I’ve seen a RB hand the ball off to himself.

  22. He’s also a master of not reading a defense, but go right ahead & pay that “QB”…

  23. 667s650w says:
    June 19, 2022 at 10:05 am

    I just don’t see how Lamar is seen as deserving to be the highest paid QB in the league. Deshaun Watson contract aside, I’m not even sure Lamar is Top 10. And can he even play out a long term deal and be healthy?
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    And why not? It’s not about top anything. It’s next man up. Cousins and Prescott got mega deals when it was their turn. And then you had Mahomes and Watson. It don’t take a great agent to get Lamar 50 mil a year. He’s more accomplished than Watson and there you have it. If Baltimore won’t pay it, some other team will. Face it guys, your most hated QB is about the highest paid player in NFL history like it or not!

  24. I agree that Lamar is about to become the highest paid player in NFL history, and as a fan of a different AFC North team, I absolutely love it.

  25. The funniest thing about Lamar is that there isn’t another team in the league that would give up many good draft picks for him. Lamar’s “greatness” exists in a bubble in Baltimore and the narrative keeps getting pushed by the media, but the facts are very clear that he’s just not a very good QB. Heck of an athlete. But you can’t win consistently with him, and certainly not in the playoffs against good defenses. Every other NFL team understands this.

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