Since high school, Lamar Jackson, the reigning NFL MVP, and quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens has been consistently and constantly disrespected by the media. There were a plethora of suggestions that he should switch positions and that he wasn’t going to be able to play quarterback down the stretch. Jackson has repeatedly proven his doubters wrong. This culminated last year when he became the second-ever unanimous MVP. Even after his historic 2019 campaign, Jackson was still doubted in the long run. Additionally, analysts repeatedly brought up Jackson's postseason record: 0-2. Stephen A. Smith ranked Jackson as the sixth-best quarterback in the NFL. Another critique of Jackson is that the Ravens built a team around him and if he was on another team he would struggle. Little did I know but apparently the Chiefs, Texans, 49ers, Saints, and the other twenty-seven teams in the NFL don’t/didn’t build a team around their quarterback. Jackson is the cover athlete for Madden 21, but his rating is third-highest among all quarterbacks. I could go on and on. The amount of disrespect aimed at Lamar Jackson is unreal. But instead here are four possible reasons why people disrespect him.
Jackson can’t come from behind
This one’s a fair point. The Ravens and Jackson are best suited to take a lead and grind their opponents down with their running game. When they fall behind they do have trouble coming back into the game. This happened in the playoffs versus the Titans, and the Ravens decided to just abandon the reason they got to the playoffs: the running game. Interestingly I think the Ravens have one of the best two-minute drills in football. Why doesn’t that translate to coming from behind? Maybe it does and we just haven’t seen it yet.
Don’t want to admit that they were previously wrong
While this one is completely unprofessional and is a complete stretch, I still think it might have some impact in rare instances. Practically the entire world didn’t believe in Jackson coming into the 2018 draft. Maybe they don’t want to throw dirt on their previous analysis?
Thinks Jackson’s ability is all based around his legs and don’t think that qualifies him a top QB
Jackson’s rushing ability opens up his passing game. Possibly some think that he is a running quarterback, not a quarterback who runs. If that’s the case then he wouldn’t deserve to be in the top tier of NFL quarterbacks because he wouldn’t be a true quarterback. Jackson is clearly a quarterback who runs as evidenced by his 2019 game film but I’m just throwing ideas out there.
Jackson lost his first two playoff games
Jackson lost his first two playoff games. If you remember his 2018 matchup with the Chargers made him the youngest quarterback to ever start a playoff game. Yet, there is an expectation that he should have continued to defy history? Jackson’s playoff record is an issue. His record will continue to be brought up until he does win a playoff game. And when Jackson notches his first win? The Ravens won’t stop winning until they host a (COVID permitting) victory parade about a month later.