Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is currently leading the race for the NFL MVP award, but retired All-Pro cornerback and current sports analyst Richard Sherman is s, not considering the 2019 second-ever unanimous MVP worth of the award. Yikes.
Speaking on Fox Sports 1's "Undisputed," Sherman acknowledged his admiration for Jackson trying to sugarcoat the main hot take he was about to drop about the quarterback and how he should be named the MVP of the 2023 season, notably mentioning his statistical "decline" compared to that 2019 award-winning campaign.
"If he had his numbers that he had the MVP year, which was 43 touchdowns to six interceptions, then we would be shouting from the rooftops he’s the MVP of the league," Sherman stated.
For context, Jackson is currently leading the league in rushing yards at the position with 786 and has scored five rushing touchdowns. He has added 3,357 passing yards to that tally, tossing 19 touchdowns against a meager seven interceptions though Week 16. And hey, he's led the Ravens to an NFL-best 12-3 record. Not bad!
Sherman thinks that a lot of players are "more important" than Jackson is for the Ravens. For example, Josh Allen. Yes, that Josh Allen, QB of the 9-6 Buffalo Bills...
"No quarterback is more important to their team than Josh Allen is to the Buffalo Bills," Sherman claimed while backing his take up by revealing his research about Allens' contribution to 83% of the Bills’ touchdowns, compared to Jackson's 55% for the Ravens. Solid angle, right?
The funniest thing, however, is that Sherman straight discarded Allen for MVP right after making that claim. On top of that, he argued that San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (alright, that's fair) or Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (I mean...) should be considered for the award due to their impact on their teams' results.
At least Sherman had the decency of praising Baltimore's defense in their demolition of the 49ers on Christmas night, beating the 49ers 33-19 on the road last Monday.
"The [Ravens] defense was attacking all night, they were swarming. You’ve got to give them a lot of credit," Sherman said. "They played a better game than the San Francisco 49ers."
The Ravens can clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC and home-field advantage through the playoffs with a win against the AFC South-leading Miami Dolphins next Sunday. Perhaps not even that convinces Sherman to give Lamar Jackson his flowers.