Lamar Jackson Wants to ‘Change the Narrative’ Regarding Baltimore Ravens Heading into Playoffs

Published 01/09/2021, 11:47 AM EST
Dec 14, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs the ball past Cleveland Browns strong safety Karl Joseph (42) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports


Lamar Jackson is one of the best players in the NFL. The Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback helped lead the Ravens to the Playoffs this season with an 11-5 record. What makes this run more impressive is that Jackson spent a good chunk of the season on the sidelines due to injuries.

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Lamar Jackson spoke to ESPN ahead of the Ravens’ playoff fixture against the Tennessee Titans. Jackson says that the team is focused on winning playoff games.

Additionally, that is their primary goal, along with changing the narrative around their team. “We can win playoff games… That’s it… It is (goal number one). Change the narrative.”

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Dec 20, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) walks into the end zone for a third quarter touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

When pressed on what the narrative around the Ravens is, Jackson said it is that they cannot win playoff games. He discussed the team’s previous playoff runs, especially in his rookie year. However, despite the doubts surrounding the team, they were able to reach the Playoffs. They just weren’t able to win games.

Lamar Jackson ready to prove doubters wrong

Jackson used the example of last season to further explain the narrative. Despite the naysayers against them, the Ravens went 14-2 through the season.

He said, “I guess that is the biggest narrative right now, but like I said, some people wasn’t thinking I would make it to the playoffs at all.

“Even my rookie season, I don’t even remember the record when I started. But our team just came back and made the playoff run, we just got put out first.” 

 

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However, they weren’t able to win the playoff game and were knocked out in the first round. Jackson wants to show everyone that the Ravens are capable of winning, and will not rest till they can.

“And we came back last year, people wasn’t thinking we would have the season we had, finished 14-2, just got knocked out first round. The narrative is, ‘They can’t win playoff games’.

“So we just got to make that change, and when we do, they’ll probably find something else to say. But it is what it is at that point because we did what they said we couldn’t do.”

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Will the Ravens overcome their playoff luck and defeat the Titans? Jackson and Co. have a tough fixture against Tennessee, but if Jackson is in full form, the Ravens stand a strong chance of pulling a win over them.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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