“You don’t need to be mentioning them in the same breath”: Stephen A Smith gets mad at Christopher Russo for picking this NFC quarterback over former MVP Lamar Jackson


If there is one player who has often carried the Baltimore Ravens on his back single handedly – it is 2019 MVP, Lamar Jackson. Having taunted the New York Jets defense with three TouchDowns throws in the inaugural showdown, Stephen A Smith goes berserk in defending the former QB when his panelist wanted to mention him in the same breath as Kirk Cousins. 

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Oct 17, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) signals to the sidelines against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Although Kirk Cousins is a supreme talent, yet there is no denying that he has a lot to achieve to fill into or to be on the same level as former MVP – Lamar Jackson. Just to mention Lamar’s heroics in Week 1 itself – he rushed for 17 yards while the Baltimore Raves had their fewest rushing yards (63) in a game since Jackson became the starting QB. Even then the charismatic Quarterback three for three TouchDowns and finished with a staggering 98.3 passer rating. 

Stephen A Smith stated, “What big moments has Kirk Cousins have? A PLAYOFF GAME? That’s unacceptable for you (Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo), you can’t give me playoff game, not you.” 

Stephen A Smith loses his mind as Chris Russo compares Kirk Cousins to Lamar Jackson 

Many believed that Lamar Jackson is not an elite passer and even with the tailor-made offensive line, he would find it difficult in the 2022-23 season to break away. However, the TouchDown passes that came on 3-of-4 full drives, one in particular being impressive 55-yard toss to Rashad Bateman that sealed the ‘W’ in the third quarter. 

Smith continued to vouch for Lamar Jackson by quoting, “Excuse me, Lamar Jackson is an electrifying talent who has carried the Ravens often on his back. He’s one twice as many games as he has lost. He’s gotten up to the postseason – we all know how electrifying of an athlete he is. And how many times have we pointed out the lack of weapons he has had over time? 

The Ravens didnt interview Lamar Jackson before the draft because they didnt want rumors to spread about how badly they wanted him
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“I did not Lamar Jackson is flawless – what I said is he’s better than Kirk Cousins! And you don’t need to be mentioning that in the same breath. In a where my life is on the line – I’m going to pick Lamar Jackson all day-every day.” 

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