On his podcast “The GM Shuffle,” former New England Patriots executive-turned-analyst Michael Lombardi first made the claim.
“Here’s what happened. The first time [Jackson] comes in, Marty Mornhinweg — remember, we’re building the team around him — Marty says to the coaches, this is fact, ‘When are we gonna move him to receiver?’” Lombardi said.
Before the 2018 draft, several pundits said Jackson would be better off playing receiver in the NFL to maximize his athletic talent, which they viewed as better than his throwing ability.
“That didn’t happen. Never said that. My thoughts before the draft, and even more when we started working with Lamar, was that this young man was going to be a special quarterback. Very early we saw that along with all of his throwing and escape abilities, he reads the field as well as any young quarterback I ever worked with.”
After Jackson unseated Joe Flacco in the starter’s role, Mornhinweg was not retained after the 2018 season. The Ravens promoted Greg Roman to offensive coordinator, and he has used his prior experience coaching Colin Kaepernick to rebuild the Ravens‘ offense around Jackson.
In a sophomore campaign that’s been terrific so far, Jackson is widely viewed as a favorite for league MVP.
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