Thoughts on Lamar Jackson’s interview on The Dan Patrick Show
Lamar Jackson showed his first signs of being a good NFL quarterback last Sunday. Now he’s in the spotlight and he had a great interview with Dan Patrick.
Lamar Jackson is already one of the most likable Ravens and that was something that was on display in his interview on the The Dan Patrick Show. The Dan Patrick show is one of the better sports talk shows out there. You can catch it on DIRECTV channel 239, weekdays from nine in the morning until noon.
In this clip, Jackson talks with Patrick about his playing style. The veteran sportscaster at one point tells the rookie quarterback “But Lamar, it feels like I’m more worried about you than you are.” Jackson didn’t seem to be worried about how much he ran the football. This takes us to one of the major criticisms of Jackson’s skeptics. It’s the idea that if Jackson runs too much, he’ll get hurt.
While Patrick’s point is noted, I’m glad Jackson has the mindset that he does. Jackson clearly thinks about it differently. In his response he mentioned that it was about winning the game. Jackson is continuing to show what he has all season long. He is a team player, with a positive outlook on things. When he was used to spark the running game, with Joe Flacco out as a receiver, he didn’t complain. When he ran the ball 27 times in his first start, he gladly did it. Jackson may know that he isn’t invincible, but he must keep this positive mindset. Nobody worries about a running back when they get the ball 27 times in a game; Jackson has to limit the hits he takes but he can’t make the possibility of getting hurt a self-inflicted prophecy.
People have to remember that this was his first start. The passing will come. He went 13-19 for 150 yards, so it’s not like he can’t get anything done through the air. This is why Jackson needs to keep getting on the field training. If he can get the passing numbers up to about 250 yards a game, and combine it with the threat of his running ability, Jackson will be borderline unstoppable.
This next clip is pure awesomeness. Jackson talks about how he was treated as a rookie coming into the Ravens organization. Jackson talks about how the rookies had to sing in front of the team. It’s a funny clip. Let’s just say, it speaks to his good decision making process. There is a right time and place for everything.
Jackson has a great personality and that was well on display in this interview. If you want to watch the full interview you can do that here.
Jackson is certainly the talk of the town right now. Baltimore is in the middle of the most interesting quarterback situation they have ever had. It looks like Jackson will get the start against the Raiders, though that is yet to be official. Jackson was asked in the interview if he was starting against the Raiders and he responded with “Hopefully.” Because of Flacco’s injury, it looks like a good bet that Jackson will give us at least one more starting performance.