OWINGS MILLS, Md. — For Lamar Jackson, the playoffs cannot begin quickly sufficient.
Jackson led the Baltimore Ravens to the highest seed within the AFC, which supplies them a first-round bye. However Jackson cannot wait to start the postseason so he can erase the bitter reminiscence of final 12 months’s playoff debut.
In final season’s 23-17 wild-card loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, Jackson had the worst begin of his profession, finishing Three of 9 passes for 25 yards within the first three quarters. The youngest quarterback to ever begin a playoff recreation, Jackson threw two fourth-quarter landing passes to get Baltimore inside one rating, however that proved no comfort.
“That game still motivates me,” Jackson stated Friday after the Ravens’ closing follow of the bye week. “I still haven’t played my second playoff game yet. … That game is over with. We’ve been having a great year this year. We just got to keep it going. I want a Super Bowl. I’m not worried about that. That was my rookie season.”
Jackson has usually stated that loss fueled him all through the offseason and into what has turn out to be a record-breaking second season. He got here the primary NFL participant to throw for over 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.
On Friday, he added to his awards when he was named first-team All-Professional by the Related Press.
“I want a Super Bowl,” Jackson stated. “All the accolades and stuff like that, I’ll cherish that another time. I’m trying to chase something else right now.”
Jackson is the front-runner for NFL Most Priceless Participant. The previous six first-team All-Professional quarterbacks have gained that award.
The place does Jackson plan to maintain all these accolades?
“I don’t even know,” he stated. “The Heisman [Trophy], I still just have that in the box right now.”
The bye proved well timed for Jackson. He has been battling the flu, which pressured him to observe elements of final Sunday’s regular-season finale within the locker room. The sickness additionally brought on him to overlook Tuesday’s follow.
Jackson has since practiced Thursday and Friday. Baltimore (14-2) performs host to an AFC divisional playoff recreation on Jan. 11 in opposition to both the Houston Texans, Buffalo Payments or Tennessee Titans.
“I really don’t get sick,” Jackson stated. “It was like a stomach bug. It was a weird, nasty feeling. Numbness. … I’m over it. I’m good. I’m 100 [percent] right now.”
Jackson’s larger concern is the destiny of his playcaller. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman interviewed Thursday evening with the Cleveland Browns about their head-coaching emptiness.
In Roman’s first season because the Ravens’ coordinator, Baltimore led the NFL in scoring (33.2 factors per recreation) and broke the 41-year-old league document for dashing yards (3,296) in a season.
“They need to chill out,” Jackson stated of the Browns. “We got something to do right now. We need him to focus because we need to focus. We’re trying to get somewhere. You guys are going to have your own turn when the season is over with.”
Has Jackson advised Roman this?
“Nah, he should know that,” Jackson stated.