Lamar Jackson: We’ll have an answer for Miami’s cover zero this year

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Last year, Miami’s defense solved Baltimore’s offense on a Thursday night in November.

The Dolphins played a lot of cover zero, sending multiple defenders to blitz while leaving defensive backs in one-on-one matchups with receivers. They limited the Ravens to just 4.3 yards per play while picking up five tackles for loss, four sacks, and a total of seven quarterback hits. Quarterback Lamar Jackson finished the game 26-of-43 passing for 238 yards with a touchdown and an interception — that was scored late in the fourth quarter — and an interception. He rushed for 39 yards.

Plus, Baltimore was just 2-of-14 on third down in the frustrating 22-10 loss.

The two teams meet again this week, this time in Baltimore for the Ravens’ home opener. And Jackson is confident his team has a better plan for what coordinator Josh Boyer’s defense will bring to the table on Sunday.

“They just caught us off guard, really. We hadn’t really gone over defenses doing all-up zero against us — like, just all-up flat-out zero,” Jackson said in his Wednesday press conference. “But I feel like we’ll have an answer for it this year. We watched film — watched a lot of film on those guys— because we don’t want it to happen again.

“Other teams did zero, but it was just the way they did it that kind of affected us. But like I said, we’ll have an answer this time around if they do the same thing.”

In his own Wednesday press conference, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said, “We would have been negligent if we hadn’t” worked on scheming against cover zero, which elicited some laughter from assembled media.

“It was something we needed to get a lot better at, and we studied it the whole offseason,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll have a plan for it and hope it works, because these guys are probably the best in the league at doing it right now. They do it more than anybody, they do it better than anybody and it’s just something they’re committed to. I have all the respect in the world for what they’re doing defensively.”

We’ll see if the adjustments Baltimore’s made to combat Miami’s blitzing scheme are effective on Sunday.

37 responses to “Lamar Jackson: We’ll have an answer for Miami’s cover zero this year

  1. While I don’t think the Fins will run much cover zero, there really isn’t anything in that WR room that strikes fear into a secondary. I think Holland will spend a ton of time in the box in this game.

  2. It’s only one game…and the first game….but Jackson dropped some serious dimes last week.
    If he continues that, a lot of people here are going to be quietly slinking away into the shadows.
    I’m going to be here for that.

  3. Splendid! Now try to find an answer as to why you suck when the weather starts turning cold

  4. I hope the Ravens spend A LOT of time preparing for cover 0, which the Dolphins won’t be running without Byron Jones.

  5. MortimerInMiami says:
    September 15, 2022 at 2:31 pm
    Dolphins 28
    Ravens 14

    Making Lamar beat you by passing is how you beat the Ravens!

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    Keeping Lamar off the field is how you beat the Ravens. Don’t need him running or throwing cause he’s awesome at both.

    Luckily for Miami Lamar has one of the worst supporting casts in the league. He’s gotta find himself a better long term situation than Baltimore. They are a 4-13 team without him.

  6. The difference between a GREAT QB and a good QB. Whenever a team thinks they can blitz Mahomes every other play he shreds them and throws for 400 yards and 5 TD’s, blitz Lamar and he throws for 39 yards and 5 sacks.

  7. lowlyfinfan88 says:
    September 15, 2022 at 2:40 pm
    While I don’t think the Fins will run much cover zero, there really isn’t anything in that WR room that strikes fear into a secondary. I think Holland will spend a ton of time in the box in this game.

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    You’re going to lose to Baltimore. NE gifted that game to you last week. They allowed only 13 points to your offense and you were lucky to even get that.

    Let’s not pretend Miami has it all figured out after Week 1 at home.

  8. Let me guess: Qb run right, qb run left, throw a 50/50 ball and hope receiver makes a miraculous catch and repeat!

  9. Harbaugh didn’t get to be the third longest tenured coach in the NFL by not making adjustments. Last season Miami played a defensive masterpiece of a game. Can they catch lightning in a bottle twice in a row? We’ll see.

  10. Should put a homework clause in Lamar’s contract. How do you not know what a cover zero is?

  11. The difference is the Dolphins don’t need to Blitz to get the QB and make stops behind the line of scrimmage. Ogbah, Phillips, Jones and now Melvin Ingram can get there. They will force that overhyped RB to actually throw the ball.

  12. Miami missed a LOT of tackles last week leading to some good YAC for NE. Miami had several of their OL beat up also. I just don’t see the bravado yet (still missing a key CB) to utilize the zero blitz as much this matchup.

    If the front four on MIA D can pressure/contain Jackson this game will be a nail-biter. If not, Jackson may be set for a good day. And I’m not sure Tua can respond with this OL (again.)

  13. As a Ravens fan, that Miami game was the most disappointing game in Ravens history. They couldn’t come up with a single play to counter cover 0? That’s not even a coverage that you use much in a game because you can easily get burned. That was pretty sad to watch. Give credit to Miami. Obviously, they saw something in the film room.

  14. touchback6 says:
    September 15, 2022 at 3:02 pm
    lowlyfinfan88 says:
    September 15, 2022 at 2:40 pm
    While I don’t think the Fins will run much cover zero, there really isn’t anything in that WR room that strikes fear into a secondary. I think Holland will spend a ton of time in the box in this game.

    ——————

    You’re going to lose to Baltimore. NE gifted that game to you last week. They allowed only 13 points to your offense and you were lucky to even get that.

    Let’s not pretend Miami has it all figured out after Week 1 at home.

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    Apparently it’s the gift that keeps on giving then huh?? Tua 4 Pats 0

  15. nite2al says:
    September 15, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    As a Ravens fan, that Miami game was the most disappointing game in Ravens history.
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    Really? More disappointing than the times the Steelers beat them in the playoffs or in crucial regular season games?

  16. Exactly what I’m taking about. For a successful QB, Lamar sure gets a whole lot of criticism compared to other QBs. He hasn’t even played the game yet and won his last game with only 4 runs, yet here we go, hate time. Last week Burrow had 4 picks and a fumble. But not one mention of it by any poster in Bengals/Steelers game post. Can you imagine what it would look like in here, if Lamar threw 4 picks in a game??

  17. Ravens biggest problem is their lack of quality WRs so won’t be surprised if they run a lot of cover 0 and 1.

  18. touchback6 says:
    September 15, 2022 at 3:02 pm
    lowlyfinfan88 says:
    September 15, 2022 at 2:40 pm
    While I don’t think the Fins will run much cover zero, there really isn’t anything in that WR room that strikes fear into a secondary. I think Holland will spend a ton of time in the box in this game.

    ——————

    You’re going to lose to Baltimore. NE gifted that game to you last week. They allowed only 13 points to your offense and you were lucky to even get that.

    Let’s not pretend Miami has it all figured out after Week 1 at home.

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    No they don’t have it figured it out. You’ll see “figured out” in the re-match. The Dolphins have a lot of room to grow, just like they did last year.

    Young squad with loads of talent is only going to improve.

    New England has no avenue for improvement this year. Or next. Or the year after.

    The Patriots just aren’t a factor when talking about NFL football anymore unless the topic is “when is he going to retire”.

  19. He’s just saying that because they really don’t have an answer. They just wants the fins to think they do so ravens dont get crushed again?
    .

  20. I believe Miami only ran Cover Zero twice last week.

    I also believe Miami will keep Phillips out of coverage, because he looked lost in it last week. Instead trying to make Jackson beat them with his arm. As Miami backend will have plenty of chances to make plays.

  21. nite2al says:
    September 15, 2022 at 4:12 pm
    Exactly what I’m taking about. For a successful QB, Lamar sure gets a whole lot of criticism compared to other QBs. He hasn’t even played the game yet and won his last game with only 4 runs, yet here we go, hate time. Last week Burrow had 4 picks and a fumble. But not one mention of it by any poster in Bengals/Steelers game post.

    Can you imagine what it would look like in here, if Lamar threw 4 picks in a game??

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    It’s harder to imagine what it would look like if Lamar threw 4 passes in a game.

  22. You’re going to lose to Baltimore. NE gifted that game to you last week. They allowed only 13 points to your offense and you were lucky to even get that.

    Let’s not pretend Miami has it all figured out after Week 1 at home.

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    The Ravens didn’t exactly beat a world champion in the Jets last week.

  23. Well, he ran for only 17 yards but threw for 3 touchdowns and still won by 25 soooo…..

    Good luck Miami.

    Good lord dolphins fans. Beat the Ravens for the 1st time in like 15 years and your full of yourselves.

    Win a championship, a playoff game, shoot go to the playoffs for Pete’s sake.

    Come on, your better than this.

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