Baltimore Ravens coaches, players disagree on playoff loss to Titans
John Harbaugh disagrees with Lamar Jackson on cause for loss to Titans
The Tennessee Titans shocked the NFL when they beat the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of the playoffs last season.
Apparently they even shocked their opponents, which became clear when Lamar Jackson stated on the “Load Management” podcast that the Ravens were “caught by surprise” in their playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn’t quite agree with Lamar Jackson’s statements.
"“I don’t think we took them lightly, personally. We just didn’t play well,” Harbaugh said in a 25-minute video conference call Monday. “If you want to go back and rehash it, we can. But we’re going to try to become a better team in that circumstance at the end of the season, just like we tried to become a better team throughout the season and we were very successful with that.”via ESPN"
This is interesting considering that Lamar Jackson believed the Baltimore Ravens underestimated the Tennessee Titans.
"“That’s what happened in the playoffs, and we end up losing to the team people had us favored over,” Jackson said. “It’s any given Sunday. You can’t underestimate no team, no opponent and that’s what we did. … They caught us by surprise. That’s all it was.”via Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer"
Why would Lamar Jackson feel that way?
It’s possible this was Lamar Jackson’s way of justifying the way that he played against the Tennessee Titans. The majority of people surrounding this game underestimated the Titans, so why wouldn’t young star Lamar Jackson.
Regardless of why he felt the way he did, you can’t underestimate any team on any given week in the NFL. As the Titans learned last season, even the Jacksonville Jaguars are an NFL team, and any NFL team can beat another on the right Sunday (or Thursday for the Jaguars).
Jackson could be dangerous next season if he is able to stay grounded and believe that every opponent has a chance to beat him. But at 23 years old when the media starts to build you up, it is hard not to become full of yourself.