Lamar Jackson

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has widely been considered one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL since becoming the team’s full-time starter in 2019 – the same season he was named the league’s MVP by a unanimous vote.

However, it appears that not everyone is sold on Jackson as a quarterback, particularly when he has to throw the ball. The Athletic asked several anonymous coaches and coordinators to rate several NFL quarterbacks, and Jackson drew one particularly scathing review from a current defensive coordinator.

“If he has to pass to win the game, they ain’t winning the game,” the anonymous coordinator told The Athletic. “He’s so unique as an athlete and he’s really a good football player, but I don’t (care) if he wins the league MVP 12 times, I don’t think he’ll ever be a 1 as a quarterback. He’ll be a 1 as a football player, but not as a quarterback. So many games come down to two-minute, and that is why they have a hard time advancing even when they are good on defense. Playoffs are tight. You have to be able to throw the ball, and he is just so inconsistent throwing the ball. It is hit or miss.”

The unnamed coordinator certainly didn’t hold back his criticism about the Ravens‘ quarterback, but the NFL world certainly had plenty to say in response, coming to Jackson’s defense, suggesting that Jackson is indeed one of the best passers in the league and that the criticism he continues to receive is unmerited.

Jackson might just be the most heavily-criticized quarterback in the NFL, and that criticism continues year after year.

[The Athletic]