Lamar Jackson recently told Eisen on the Rich Eisen show that opposing defenses know the Ravens plays. Jackson believes that play-calling needs to improve.
Jackson speaking out about this raises a major concern for the Ravens. Their offense is still one of the highest ranked in the leagues, but this points to perhaps a bigger issue.
.@ShannonSharpe on Lamar Jackson saying defenses are calling out plays:
“It seems like Lamar is making excuses for why he hasn’t played well this year. Greg Roman has done a good job, don’t do this Lamar.” pic.twitter.com/H9jJvbpnRA
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) November 12, 2020
Lamar Jackson on the Ravens’ Offense This Season
A year after the Ravens broke the single-season rushing record for a team, it appears that defensive coordinators have caught on to the Ravens’ scheme.
The Ravens offense features a lot of designed quarterback runs, read-options, RPO’s, and multiple-back sets. This helps take advantage of the speed the Ravens feature.
Last year, this scheme worked as Jackson would routinely decimate defenses with his running capabilities as the Ravens led the league in points scored.
This season is a little different, and here is what Lamar Jackson had to say about it:
“They’re calling out our plays, stuff like that. They know what we’re doing. Sometimes stuff won’t go our way if they’re beating us to the punch.”
Moreover, the predictability of the Ravens’ offense has cost them the most in the passing game.
How Has Jackson Been in the Passing Attack?
Jackson’s numbers are way down from last year. Consider that over the last five games, Jackson has only completed 59.56% of his passes for 187.4 passing yards per game, along with just seven touchdowns and four interceptions, and you can see why Jackson is concerned.
Last year, Jackson had six interceptions total for the whole season. However, it’s not like these numbers are incredibly horrible.
Lamar Jackson was so good last season.
That this year his numbers so far are:
1,513 Pass Yards
12 Pass Touchdowns
63% Completion Percentage
469 Rushing Yards
3 Rushing Touchdowns
And it’s considered a bad year for him. pic.twitter.com/pveYe0xi9g
— ✭ (@cantguardgallup) November 10, 2020
The standard is just higher for a quarterback like Lamar Jackson, and that’s why his comments, if anything will only improve the Ravens’ offense going forward.