Jalen Ramsey: “It’s different” dealing with adversity

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Cornerback Jalen Ramsey joined the Rams in 2019. This year, the Rams are having their most challenging season since he arrived.

On Friday, he was asked by reporters what he has learned during a season of adversity.

“We ain’t had it like this though, you know what I mean?” Ramsey said. “It’s different.”

How is it different?

“We got to talk about like this team, like the Rams, you know what I mean?” Ramsey said. “Like this year, not previous years, nothing like that. We got to talk about this specific team and we ain’t been through this before, right? We’re going through it right now. We’re presently going through it so we got to fight our way through it, work harder than we ever have, focus a little bit more than we have, have each other’s backs a little bit more than we we’ve had in the past. But it ain’t like no secret recipe. Ain’t nothing in life and especially in this game, [is] a secret recipe. Like it’s not. Because if it was, I promise you we’ll be doing it like we would already be doing it. So it’s just a journey that we got to go through, you know what I mean? Everybody has their different ways of doing it. Everybody has their different ways of leading, I do it my way and it is what it is.”

Ramsey chose to do it on Sunday by complaining publicly about the failure of the offense to get a single first down after the defense stopped the Buccaneers late in the game on fourth and goal while leading 13-9. He was asked whether he’s always had support when choosing to say what needs to be said.

“For my teammates, yeah, anywhere I’ve been, whether it was here or Jacksonville, my teammates always respected that about me,” Ramsey said. “Coaches here respect it a little bit more than the coaches did in Jacksonville and I think that’s a little bit of the difference. Like some people are scared of confrontation sometimes and talking about the tough things that need to be talked about and things that need to be said. But around here, that’s something that people know we need to embrace and we actually are going to embrace it and try to move forward because if you just don’t say anything, try to let it go, and never have tough conversations, then you ain’t going to grow from nothing. It’s just going become like a cycle.”

Some have criticized Ramsey for taking his complaints public. Sometimes, however, that’s the only way to send a message that resonates with the intended recipients. If it’s acceptable when someone like Aaron Rodgers does it, others should be able to do it, too.

29 responses to “Jalen Ramsey: “It’s different” dealing with adversity

  1. Mark Twain said it best…It’s better to keep your mouth shut and have people believe you are an idiot than to open it and remove all doubt.

  2. He dealt with it in Jax. He played a bigger role in their adversity but still experienced it.

  3. I’m glad he doesn’t claim FSU as his school. He went to Ramsey Performance School of English. Don’t forget. Also, he got his ring, but not because he contributed. He got lucky. He got beat all Super Bowl. Clown.

  4. Jalen Ramsey is a winner. He’s a difference maker. His teammates like him because he’s good. If he talks, he more than backs it up. Some guys can talk more than others. He’s one of those guys. If you had 11 of those guys, you’d never lose a game. Lots of people hate Tom Brady. It comes with the territory. If you’re the best at something, you have a bigger target on your chest.

  5. Picking the rams and Bucs to have huge letdown years was remarkably easy. It wasn’t hard to see the rams have no depth, had questionable commitment to the season with Donald and mcvay, loss of von Miller and whitworth, and obviously injured stafford. And Ramsey has been in a decline since end of last season.

    Bucs just old and slow all around except their secondary.

  6. Blood was coming out of my ears trying to read Jalen Ramsey’s statements. It’s unintelligible

  7. Who said it’s acceptable for Rogers? Well, other than LaFleur. Because I see the public ripping him to shreds anytime Rogers does it.

    Ramsey is correct, he used to do this stuff all the time in Jacksonville and it wasn’t received well.

    Odd that he didn’t hold himself accountable for letting Scotty Miller repeatedly do the one thing he couldn’t let him do. Maybe he can blame Caughlin for getting smoked repeatedly.

  8. He sure has dealt with a lot of adversity in his career. Remember the back pain he had to overcome to be able to play for the Rams…

  9. Lately, I’ve seen Jalen Ramsey drop several easy pick 6 balls and constantly try to start fights w/ kickers. He’s not a shutdown corner and is severely overpaid

  10. Rams are finding it harder to win games when the script isn’t laid out in their favor.

  11. That dude faked an injury with the Jags. Faked it. He will start getting louder and louder…..

  12. We’ve all seen how Jalen deals with adversity – points the finger at his team mates and fakes injuries.

  13. Mr. Ramsey, what you just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response, were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  14. Maybe he’ll fake another back injury to get out of there like he did in Jacksonville

  15. I think it’s perfectly fine Ramsey wants to motivate his teammates with some criticism. That’s okay,… unless the player making the noise doesn’t back it up himself. Then you’ve got a character problem on the team. That’s how teams get torn apart in the locker room.

  16. Ramsey’s idea of tackling is to run along with the receiver and slap him until the safety gets there to make the tackle.

  17. Another one of our “educated” professional athletes speaking some dialect I suppose my college degree didn’t teach me to understand.

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