Sometimes, mayhem can be poetry in motion.
In Week 1, Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson faced third and -6 from the Las Vegas 10-yard line. The Raiders ran four races against the Ravens’ five-man protection.
1.93 seconds: To avoid a defensive tackle, Jackson made a move into the pocket by Quinton Jefferson.
2.94: He goes back three yards and buys time/space by joining the crowded Max Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue.
3.84: A jab step and shoulder dip help him avoid Crosby/Nagakou.
5.80: He hits the right and pump-fed scramble toward receiver Devin DuVernay on the goal-line.
6.71: He looks at DuVernay and is driving back Tyson Williams (back right corner of the end zone).
7.51: Out of nowhere he finds receiver Marquis Brown in the back of the end zone, who caught Jackson’s touchdown pass.
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At times, the Raiders, who eventually won in overtime, thought they saw Jackson only to avoid passing and running big plays.
Have fun, Broncos.
“He’s not like your typical quarterback, but he still gets the same type of output as everyone else,” said outside linebacker Von Miller.
In his fourth season, Jackson, who missed two days of practice with a back stiffness last week, will face the Broncos (3-0) for the first time on Sunday. Minus any important ones to miss, coaches and players equal parts have developed a sound plan and jaw-dropping at their ability by digging into the video.
“He is one of a kind, thank God,” said Broncos coach Vic Fangio.
Jackson ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing yards (251) and completions of at least 20 yards (14), and, according to the league’s Next Gen Stats, all passers must “air” yards per pass attempt (12.3) and. Leads to perfection. (9.1). He makes big plays, period.
“A dynamic guy,” Broncos defensive back coach Christian Parker told The Denver Post. “When a lot of guys scuffle, he’s not in danger of going 80 yards. And he’s a highly capable passer who throws the deep ball very well which gives a different dimension.”
menu of problems
The 32nd overall draft pick in 2018, Jackson took over for the injured Joe Flacco in Week 11 of his rookie season. Wins and touchdowns followed. Since his debut, Jackson leads all quarterbacks in wins (32) and his 2019 Tour de Force MVP season saw a single-season rushing record for quarterbacks (1,206 yards) and touchdown passes (36) and passer ratings ( 113.3) includes franchise records. )
The Broncos looked at what Las Vegas and Detroit did well in Weeks 1 and 3 in Jackson’s total of seven sacks and six other knockdowns, and what Kansas City didn’t do in Week 2 when he reached 107 yards.
Jackson presents myriad issues.
Crowd four? He will be in Fangio’s wheelhouse, allowing him to release the seven guards. On 35 of Jackson’s 40 drop-backs, the Lions made four or fewer runs and still put up the pressure.
The four-man rush plan burdens Miller, who has discovered the fountain of NFL middle age with four sacks in the first three games.
“Max Crosby had a game of passer-by (two sacks and three knockdowns) and runs (four tackles) and I think I can do the same,” Miller said.
Play zone coverage specifically? This would allow the last seven to keep an eye on Jackson, but could compromise his ability to cover downfield.
“You have to be healthy in both (Zone and Man); you can’t play a thing because (Jackson) can throw the ball and tear you apart,” Parker said. “They run the ball and attack you. are – it’s a big recipe for them because they ask you to get in line and put all your resources towards the run and then hit you on top. They’re not letting it be ‘West Coast’ dunks and dunks. They’re trying to spread you.”
Hire a detective to track down Jackson? In theory, this would make sense, but at the cost of taking the 11th defender out of the picture so much that he could supervise Jackson. A Problem:
The Broncos could use their dime (sixth defensive back) player, safety Caiden Stern, to oversee Jackson, but if the Ravens use a fullback or two tight ends, this may not be possible as it may run the defense. susceptible to. Another problem: Jackson has the athleticism to evade a spy.
It’s a whole menu of problems.
“He’s a perfect quarterback,” Fangio said.
When the Broncos’ secondary gathered on Wednesday, Parker showed a tape of Jackson’s scuffle and how, when he made time, his targets knew exactly how to run parallel to him in order to be “open.”
Jackson isn’t like Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes or Seattle’s Russell Wilson, who most of the time scramble to buy the latter. But he is not someone who especially wants to run away by escaping from the pocket.
The breakdown of their pass by The Post reveals the Ravens’ rapidly evolving path and Jackson’s patience.
less than 2.01 seconds – 10 out of 11.
2.01-3.00 – 19 out of 39 (two touchdowns and interceptions each). Against Kansas City, he threw a jump pass for a 42-yard touchdown.
3.01-4.00 — 18 out of 24.
4.01-5.00 – 3 out of 6 (one interception). He extended the game to fourth and -19 for 4.94 seconds to complete a 36-yard pass to set up kicker Justin Tucker’s record-setting 66-yard field goal.
5.00 more than – 3 out of 5 (a touchdown – play above in Las Vegas). Detroit eventually dismissed him in 8.63 seconds.
Translation: All-round, on-point awareness will be needed by the Broncos. Cornerbacks can’t stray from their assignments to chase Jackson and outside linebackers can’t freelance and lose.
“We need to be extremely disciplined,” Parker said. “He gets out and it can turn into backyard football really quickly, so you try to read the first play and his opening and then you have to play the second, third play[within the play]. He gets out of pocket, then we have to plaster your man and defend deep-to-short and maintain vertical control.”
Outside linebackers coach John Pagano said: “This is a week when you need to stay healthy in your congested lanes and you have to have a good sense of how you are fitting the play in because they have a lot There are different forms.”
Within a snap, Play 1 could be the long lookout for Jackson Browne. Andrews could be found crossing the field in Play 2. And Play 3 could chase Jackson.
Times that 65 snaps and it will be a taxing assignment, but Sunday is what the Broncos defense was made for – stop the runs (defensive line), get sacks (edge rushers) and keep Brown and Andrews from going crazy (linebackers) and secondary) )
“It’s almost like Barry Sanders is playing quarterback,” Fangio said, referring to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “We’ll do our best.”