ESPN Host Disrespects Lamar Jackson
ESPN has many former players that have now transitioned into being hosts and analysts. One of these players is Ryan Clark, who recently took shots at the NFL's reigning MVP, Lamar Jackson.
When comparing both Jackson and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, he said he would rather start a franchise with Murray. On top of that, Clark said "if Kyler Murray, right now, was the quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, we'd have much more confidence in them to win the Super Bowl."
Of course, let's remember that Clark was a long-time member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, so there could be a bias against anything and everything Ravens.
While this player debate is not as clear cut or one-sided as Clark is making it seem, there's no doubt that Jackson has taken a step back, following his MVP, Madden cover season. He is completing over three percent less of his passes, and Jackson is on pace to pass for 3,026 yards and 24 touchdowns in 16 games, after passing for 3,127 yards and 36 touchdowns in 15 games last season.
Jackson's running has also taken a step back. He is on pace to run for nearly 300 fewer yards, despite playing one more game. Jackson is also averaging a full yard less per carry (5.9).
So far, Murray is ahead of Jackson in nearly every stat this season. Still, numbers do not tell the full story. With the Ravens playing a slower, pound the rock style of offense, the stats won't look as impressive. The offense also needs to do less, since their defense is so strong.
Nonetheless, this will be an interesting debate over the second half of the season.
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