Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was a frequent topic of conversation on NFL Twitter today after Mike Sando posted “Quarterback Tiers” listing.
In Sando’s article, an unnamed defensive coordinator had a pretty remarkable take on Jackson, and it’s not particularly flattering.
“If he has to pass to win the game, they don’t win the game,” the defensive coordinator told Sando. “He’s so unique as a player, but I don’t care if he wins league MVP 12 times, I don’t think he’ll ever be a 1 as a quarterback. He will be a 1 as a quarterback. a football player, but not as a quarterback.”
As a result of this quote going viral, the name of Washington Commanders defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was mentioned frequently.
It seems that due to Del Rio’s political leanings and past comments about race, people think he was the person who unfairly stereotyped Jackson.
To say it doesn’t matter if a guy wins 12 MVP awards is pretty stupid. Obviously, if even if you don’t think Jackson is in that elite level right now, he would be if he did that.
On another note, it’s probably more than a little presumptuous for people to say it’s Del Rio without any other proof. Even if you disagree with the comments, it’s possible that several league defensive coordinators feel the same way.
Ultimately, none of that matters as long as Jackson performs on the court.