Lamar Jackson doesn’t want anyone to decide his future for him. The quarterback, in particular, who is playing in a contract year, won’t take a suggestion that he’d be better off without the Baltimore Ravens.
Jackson made his feelings clear in a fiery and profane exchange with a Twitter user after the Ravens lost 28-27 to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12. It was a game in which 2019 NFL MVP Jackson struggled to inspire an offense that consistently backfired in the red zone. He was also let down by a Baltimore defense that collapsed in clutch situations and wasted two leads in the fourth quarter.
Troubles surrounding Jackson prompted one fan to urge the Ravens to move away from Jackson in order to bolster other areas on the roster. Jackson’s response was anything but friendly, to say the least.
A Twitter user known as Castlewillkill posted a proposal for the Ravens front office. Simply put, it’s to wave Jackson goodbye and use the money earmarked for his next contract in a variety of positions:
Jackson didn’t pull any punches with an explosive response that has since been deleted but belonged in the NSFW category, per Optional: “Young STFU, you’re all too busy with this app, mf, I’ve never smelled a soccer field, never ***ed, I ate d***‼️”
Jackson’s feelings about the idea that he’s not worth the money teams expect to pay high-quality quarterbacks in today’s game are obvious. So does the frustration he feels after the Ravens missed another game largely due to an inefficient offense in the red zone.
Justin Tucker can be forgiven for missing the 67-yard field goal that would have beaten the Jags. After all, he was good at the four kicks he was supposed to take.
Tucker’s busy is the problem. Jackson may not like it, but settling for field goals often doesn’t look good for a quarterback who’s expected to be paid on par with the elite players in his position.
Not getting away with touchdowns from trips inside the 20 is a growing problem that threatens to derail the season for the 7-4 Ravens.
Jackson’s irritation at the sputtering offense was clear from the terse response he gave to questions about the ongoing red zone inefficiency, per Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun:
It’s not easy to explain why the Ravens have such trouble hitting the ball from the goal line into the goal. They have Jackson, arguably the most dynamic dual-threat QB in the league. He has an abundance of tight ends including All-Pro Mark Andrews and exciting rookie Isaiah who he will target in goal-to-go situations.
The Ravens have options, but the problem is that those options have become predictable. Either Jackson is looking for one of his tight ends, or he’s running it himself.
The defenses know what to expect, as the Ravens lack a true goal-line specialist among the running backs who have been substituted in and out of the lineup. Jackson’s supporting cast is also without a powerful and secure wide receiver capable of making hard-fought catches in the end zone.
The latter issue is one reason the Ravens should seriously start talking to free agent Odell Beckham Jr. This offense needs a spark somewhere.
Without her, Jackson will continue to falter and vent his frustration. Then an already difficult decision about what to pay the pending free agent becomes a nightmare for general manager Eric DeCosta.