Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sparked some controversy when he spoke about the Lamar Jackson situation during his podcast ‘Footbahlin.’
He caught some major heat from another former quarterback, Robert Griffin III. Roethlisberger originally said that Jackson wasn’t much of a threat as a passer.
RG3 told Roethlisberger not to use Jackson’s talents to “tear him down,” while also throwing out the two QBs’ passing ratings.
Now that the dust has more or less settled, Roethlisberger publicly spoke on the incident this week. On his podcast, Footbahlin, Roethlisberger accused Griffin of taking his words out of context and lamented Robert’s role in the conflict.
“Even if I compliment him, Bob Griffin will find a way to turn it around negatively,” Roethlisberger said. “So, I’m not going to compliment him.”
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His former teammate, Ryan Shazier, noted that Griffin used a short clip in his post that lost a ton of context on the overall conversation.
“I respect Lamar,” he said. “Lamar is an absolute freak, and he is a game-changer. All I said was, people are more scared of his legs than his arm. I have sat in meetings where we have had a game plan, and no one ever said, ‘Hey get him out of the pocket.'”
He then clarified that Jackson is “more dangerous” out of the pocket, but that doesn’t take away from his abilities as a passer.
The long and winding standoff of the 2023 NFL offseason came to an end as Lamar Jackson is returning to the Baltimore Ravens on a new five-year deal, the team announced on Thursday.
Jackson will overtake Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, who inked a $255 million contract on April 17, as the highest-paid player in the NFL after the sides reached an agreement on a $260 million contract, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Jackson’s contract will include $185 million guaranteed, according to Josina Anderson.
The move completes a lengthy saga for the 26-year-old and Baltimore.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.