4 misconceptions of Baltimore Ravens: How to disprove them this year
The Baltimore Ravens have a chance to disprove some major misconceptions of their team:
The Baltimore Ravens are the most unique team in the NFL, mostly because of what Lamar Jackson brings to the table. It’s not surprising that many of the misconceptions of the Ravens stem from people not really understanding what makes Jackson so good. People who are not plugged into every snap don’t get it and that’s what we’re talking about here: Things non-Ravens fans get wrong about the Ravens on a regular basis.
The first misconception about the Ravens is that Jackson is more of a runner than a passer. While he did rush for over 1,000 yards in the 2019 season, he also led the league in touchdown passes. He had a passer rating of 113.3. It’s also a well documented fact that he was the most efficient quarterback against the blitz last season.
To this, people say “He only does well against the blitz because he always runs out of the pocket.” People forget that Jackson throws the ball from the pocket more often than not, and there were more than a couple occasions where he shredded a defense with his arm. The idea that he needs to get out of the pocket to be an effective passer is wrong. In fact, he likes to attack the middle of the field as a passer, which plays into his success in the pocket.
How to disprove this: Lamar Jackson just has to keep doing what he’s doing
The Ravens can disprove this narrative by just having Jackson keep doing what he’s doing. He’s a good passer. If he has two seasons as an efficient passer, who throws a lot of touchdowns he will be seen as a good passer. If people want to keep up with the running back joke after another season like he just had, their opinion is irrelevant. If Jackson repeats his MVP season at the quarterback position and they are unmoved by what they have seen, they will never be convinced. The good news in this situation is that if the Ravens win big games it won’t matter what people think.