Lamar Jackson has become the leader to win the NFL MVP award. Jackson’s MVP bandwagon just increased a new member in Rams’ defensive organizer Wade Phillips, who praised Jackson and the Ravens’ rushing attack ahead of Monday night’s game between Los Angeles and Baltimore.
Phillips, who has coached with and against a large number of gifted offensive players all through his 44-year NFL coaching career, said himself on Thursday that Jackson is the league’s MVP now in the season. Jackson, the NFL’s present leader in Pro Bowl fan voting, has finished 66.3 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns. Jackson has likewise scrambled for 781 yards and six touchdowns while averaging a league-best 6.7 yards per carrying.
“The MVP so far this year,” Phillips said of Jackson, via ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry. “Having a great year. Their offense is scoring 34 points a game. They have a prolific running game. I was (coaching) back when Earl Campbell ran for 200 yards in four games, and this group’s averaging 200 yards a game.
“Way back then, when I started, there were few teams that would average 200,” Phillips continued. “But nowadays, nobody’s even close to it. They’re (averaging) 50 yards per game rushing more than anybody else, and they control the clock and score a lot of points.”
Phillips is right. Baltimore’s offense, through 10 games, is averaging a little more than 203 rushing yards for every game, 54 a larger number of yards per game than the second-highest team, the 49ers. Jackson’s success on the ground has been supplemented by Mark Ingram, who signed with the Ravens this past offseason after spending his initial nine seasons with the Saints. The 30-year-old Ingram has suited perfectly in Baltimore’s offense, scrambling for 667 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns while averaging 4.9 yards per carrying. Their success has helped Baltimore lead the league in scoring while additionally ranking second in third-down effectiveness and seventh in red-zone proficiency.
When was the last time Phillips has seen an offense like Baltimore’s? He needed to return to the mid-2000s when he was practicing against the Falcons’ offense like Atlanta’s defensive coordinator. That team included the hurrying combo of Warrick Dunn and Michael Vick, seemingly the best running quarterback allied history. In 2002, the team helped Atlanta average 148 rushing yards for every game, as the Falcons – on the quality of their running match-up – gave Brett Favre his first season finisher misfortune at Lambeau Field.
“The unusual part of that is that their quarterback is their leading rusher,” Phillips said of the Ravens. “They’re a great running team, and a part of it is the quarterback gets a lot of rushing yards, too. I had a little bit of that in Atlanta with Michael Vick and Warrick Dunn, but I don’t think we averaged nearly what these guys (are getting now). If I didn’t already, they’ve given me more white hair preparing for a game like this.”
The difference between Jackson and Vick is in the passing numbers. While Vick was a better than expected hurler, he never had a season throwing the ball like the year Jackson is as of now getting a charge out of. Jackson’s maturation as a passer has without a doubt prompted more accomplishment for himself, Ingram and the remainder of Baltimore’s ballcarriers. With defenses prepared to stop the run, Jackson has exploited openings in restricting secondaries. Jackson has additionally been helped by the reliable play of his excellent offensive line that incorporates handles Orlando Brown and Ronnie Stanley, protects Matt Skura and Marshal Yanda, and center Bradley Bozeman.
While Phillips is on the cash with respect to Jackson’s present MVP status, the next three weeks will to a great extent decide if Jackson remains the MVP leader. After their primetime matchup with the Rams, Jackson and the Ravens will host the one-misfortune Rams before confronting the Bills’ gritty defense in Buffalo.
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