Del Rio made national headlines earlier this year when he commented on the January 6th Washington insurrections. His comments drew the ire of national publications such as Pro Football Talk and former players from the Washington Commanders (or Team, Redskins, whatever you choose to call them). Unable to just stay under the radar and focus on his defensive coordinator duties, Del Rio is now being accused of making comments regarding Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.
So, what did Jack Del Rio say now?
Keep in mind that the following comments were made by an anonymous defensive coordinator. They were published via The Athletic and until now, no official correlation has been made. The attention this is drawing is due to Del Rio’s history of controversial remarks and statements.
“If he has to pass to win the game, they ain’t winning the game,” the anonymous coordinator told The Athletic. “He’s so unique as an athlete and he’s really a good football player, but I don’t (care) if he wins the league MVP 12 times, I don’t think he’ll ever be a 1 as a quarterback. He’ll be a 1 as a football player, but not as a quarterback. So many games come down to two minutes, and that is why they have a hard time advancing, even when they are good on defense. The playoffs are tight. You have to be able to throw the ball, and he is just so inconsistent in throwing the ball. It is hit or miss.”
Say what you will about Del Rio, but the former Raiders coach has never been afraid to speak his mind. On one hand, you can admire that, sure. However, one has to wonder when comments like these will get Del Rio in trouble with his players.
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