Lamar Jackson Already Focused on Getting Better, Making Another Playoff Run

Todd Karpovich

Lamar Jackson was in coach John Harbaugh's office just days after the Ravens were eliminated from the playoffs.

Jackson and Harbaugh discussed ways the young quarterback could get better this offseason.

They were already on the same page.

"I don’t think he’d mind me saying this, but I asked him, basically, ‘What do you need to get better?’ We talked about a couple different areas, and without getting into them, what they are specifically, he nailed the priority list in the exact same order that Greg [Roman] and I nailed the priority list when we were talking on Monday," Harbaugh said. "So, it’s not a secret. The things that he needs to work on, like any young quarterback, he’ll say ‘Everything.’ 

"And it’s true. And then you prioritize, what’s the order? What’s the plan going to be moving forward to work on those things? And he’s really smart about that. He’s really self-critical."

Jackson had one of the most successful regular seasons by any quarterback in NFL history. He completed 265 of 401 passes for 3,127 yards and an NFL-high 36 touchdowns, which was also a franchise record. Jackson finished with 1,206 yards rushing — sixth best in the league and the most by a quarterback in NFL single-season history.

Jackson is the only quarterback in NFL history to produce at least 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season. Jackson is also just the third quarterback in league history to produce at least 35 passing touchdowns and seven rushing touchdowns in a season, joining Steve Young (1994) and Cam Newton (2015), both of whom won MVP honors after accomplishing this feat. 

He received the NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year awards from the Pro Football Writers of America.

However, Jackson's goal was to win a Super Bowl and the Ravens fell short in that quest with a 28-12 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. 

Now, Jackson's goal is to come back even better next season and take the farther in the playoffs. 

"He really understands where he needs to improve in order for us to keep making steps as an offense. It’s really interesting to look at Lamar Jackson, because look at the progress he made in the last year," Harbaugh said. "Because the same question, I think you might have asked it last year, how is he going to get better going forward? And he did a good job, right? He’s 23 years old. He’s younger than Joe Burrow. So, he has a pretty good head start right now. He’s along the way." 

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Gozi
Gozi

It took Joe Flacco10 years and he couldn't read a defense. The bigger question I have John Harbaugh has been a coach for 12 years and still can't manager game. I'd like to hear how John Harbaugh it's going to get better. I like to know why he can't manage his timeouts and the game clock. I like to know why he allows his emotions to dictate game strategy. I like to know is he ever going to call 75 passing plays in a game again.( with a quarterback that just turned 23) maybe Lamar should be asking John how he's going to get better

Todd Karpovich
Todd Karpovich

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I'm pretty confident we are going to see an even better Lamar Jackson in 2020. He knows what he needs to do.

Pmanningsir1
Pmanningsir1

He simply has to become a better passer. To the point teams fear or at best respect his passing; then teams can't put 9 in the box and dare him to do what clearly makes him uncomfortable ( read defenses and call audibles to passes outside of the numbers) he makes some good throws but not consistent and doesn't understand the difference between throwing and passing. His OC clearly didn't have confidence in him passing either on those 4th down plays. Had he threw a RB quick pass like kyle Shanahan did on 4th dn today, they would've beat Tenn. He should not have tried a QB sneak with 10 people on the line of scrimmage. If he could just watch the ingame adjustments and defense reading Mahomes does he'll understand. Pat is head and shoulders better at this point, lamar is just a fantastic athlete playing the position. He must get better or more of the same will happen. Teams have film now and whole offseason to prepare not to mention in the playoffs teams are good. Im rooting for him but he must become respected as a passer. Jimmy G doesn't have to throw much but is respected as a passer and that is the difference. That and kyle is on another level calling plays than GRoman.

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Rockit17
Rockit17

2 perfect QBR's in a season suggests he knows how to throw the ball, certainly much better than all armchair QB's.

Dillon88
Dillon88

Work ethic has never been a question, he is one of the most dedicated in that regard. Those playoff questions will always be there until they get that first AFC championship though

Towsonravens
Towsonravens

No one can question Lamar’s work ethic.


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