Movie Theater: Stopping Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens Racing Game

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“Defending Lamar Jackson is easy, you just have to stop him from running”

–Every Browns fan, about Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson has established himself as a quarterback perhaps unlike the world has ever seen. Randall Cunningham and Michael Vick were surely exceptional runners, but Jackson can be unique even compared to them.

As much as it pains me to compliment a Baltimore crow, so much we must recognize Lamar’s special gifts in order to recognize that defending him is a unique challenge. We’ve often heard advertisers talk about “getting an extra guy in the box” to stop the raven racing game, but that is rarely enough to stop Jackson.

Why? Because a one more guy is not enough. To defend any running quarterback, a defense needs either

a). have a much more talented front than the opposition, or

b). bring a supplement additional guy in the box

In the NFL, teams often don’t have the kind of talent advantage to dominate all the front. Yes, the Browns might have the NFL’s best defensive lineman in Myles Garrett, and yes, we’ve been a much less talented front for many years since returning. But there is parity even between the best teams in the NFL and the 0-16 candidates. Ohio state might have a chance to use option A against people like Idaho or the Citadel, for example. But probably not Purdue, nor even Rutgers.

Option B is healthier. While Jackson may be successful as a passer, he is not Patrick Mahomes or Tom Brady. Bringing the extra man into the box can make a defense vulnerable in the passing game, but that doesn’t necessarily mean playing an extremely risky style. How do you get two more defenders in the box and stay fit against the pass? Enter Quarter coverage:


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