Boomer Esiason: Lamar Jackson Is So Good 'It's Frightening'

Boomer and Gio
November 26, 2019 - 9:11 am

Lamar Jackson is drawing comparisons to Michael Vick. But the Ravens quarterback is even more problematic for defenses than the Vick was, Boomer Esiason says.

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Jackson was superb in the Ravens' stunning 45-6 rout of the Rams in Los Angeles on Monday night. He was 15-of-20 passing for 169 yards with five touchdowns and also ran for 95 yards on eight carries.

"The offensive line is opening massive holes, and it's all because of the unsettled nature that Lamar Jackson brings to the game for the opposing defense," Esiason said on Tuesday's "Boomer and Gio" show. "He is a freak. I hope that he stays healthy. He is a dual threat if there ever was one. 

"I know that (ESPN's) Booger (McFarland) last night kept talking about Michael Vick, and rightfully so -- I get that there are similarities. But in this case, they actually call plays for Lamar to run with the ball. It's almost like he is a third running back, back there. So that was not the case with Michael Vick. A lot of the stuff with Michael Vick was -- and I remember this -- 'I have to stay in the pocket. ... I don't want to be stereotypical.' I remember all that. This is now what this is. This is, like, 'Hey, I've got a great athlete here who can run as well as anybody on the field and who can throw as well as any quarterback in the league. So why don't we use both aspects of what he brings to the game?' 

"And it's frightening. It's frightening how fast he is."

Boomer added that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recently told CBS Sports' Pat Kirwan that he's never seen a quarterback come remotely close to doing the things Jackson is doing.

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"There is no doubt. This team, by all accounts, is owning the NFL," added Gregg Giannotti, Esiason's co-host. "And John Harbaugh is getting a ton of credit for not only using Lamar Jackson in the smart ways that he is, but he's also way ahead of the game with analytics, and stories are being written about that. He's got a 25-year-old Yale graduate who is right next to him most of the time talking to him about win probability going for it on fourth down. They are the team right now that everybody's talking about as, like, damn near perfect, but we know how that works out in the NFL."

The 9-2 Ravens will host the 10-1 49ers on Sunday in what could be a Super Bowl preview.

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