Ravens player Lamar Jackson faces criticism from an unidentified NFL coach: ‘He throws the ball inconsistently’

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Baltimore Ravens star Lamar Jackson has won the MVP award and has won 37 games as the team’s primary quarterback since he took the reins in 2018 and is next in line for a lucrative contract extension.

However, he still received criticism from figures in the NFL. An anonymous defensive coordinator has not been completely sold on to him or his abilities as a quarterback and has suggested that he would not be considered a type I quarterback.

December 5, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) prepares to throw the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 20-19.
(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

“If he had to pass in order to win the match, they wouldn’t win the match,” the defensive coordinator told The Athletic in a story published on Monday. “He’s unique as an athlete and he’s a really good footballer, but I don’t (care) if he won the league’s best player 12 times, I don’t think he’d be 1 quarterback.

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“He’ll be a No. 1 soccer player, but not as a quarterback. A lot of games are up to two minutes, which is why they find it hard to get ahead even when they’re good at defense. The playoffs are tight. You have to be able to throw the ball, and he’s making a throw. ball irregularly.

Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the sidelines in the third quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Rams at M&T Bank Stadium on January 2, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the sidelines in the third quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Rams at M&T Bank Stadium on January 2, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Another NFL defensive coordinator told The Athletic that they could see him as a Tier 1 or Tier 3 quarterback, and it would be a mistake not to count him on the football field.

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But, the coach said, Jackson backs away and throws the ball “it’s not the same” as if he was being played on offense.

Jackson is entering the fifth season of his rookie deal without a long-term extension.

December 5, 2021;  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) appears to pass the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field.

December 5, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) appears to pass the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field.
(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

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Jackson was the 2019 NFL MVP after his second full season. Last year, he suffered injuries and only managed 12 matches. He threw for 2,882 yards, 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, adding 767 dash yards and two rushing touchdowns.

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