Has Lamar Jackson regressed? – An analysis on the 2019 NFL MVP.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson always seems to be kept to a higher standard than other quarterbacks. People refuse to admit they were wrong, even though he’s clearly the best quarterback from the 2018 draft class. Even though Jackson won unanimous NFL MVP in 2019, there are still doubters. Jackson’s expectations are super high after the phenomenal season. So far in 2020, Jackson has not lived up to his 2019 season. Last season he led the league in both passing touchdowns and quarterback rushing yards. Jackson is tied for 7th with 9 passing touchdowns this year. He’s also 2nd in rushing yards behind Kyler Murray with 238 yards. He’s still putting up numbers, but there’s no doubt that the offense hasn’t been operating as smoothly as it did last year.
A lot of the blame has to go on Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman. The read option offense was what made the Ravens so dangerous last season. This year, you hardly see them running the read option, and have geared more towards a traditional play style. There’s a chance that Jackson himself was begging the coaching staff to move to a more pass heavy offense in order for him to prove himself. In addition, the Ravens don’t necessarily have the best personnel in order to accomplish a pass heavy scheme. With Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and Mark Andrews being Jackson’s only true threats, it’s a challenge to get things going.
Overall, the Ravens are still 4-1 and have been beating teams by multiple scores. It’s a scary thought if Jackson and the offense are able to get going. The league doesn’t want to see Jackson play at his 2019 level with this Ravens defense. However, there will always be doubters until Jackson is able to prove himself in the playoffs, so that’s what everyone is waiting for.