Some people’s minds can never be changed, no matter how much evidence is given to them.
On Wednesday, NBC Sports revealed that Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian was one of the three voters who did not select Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson to be on the Associated Press’ All-Pro team. It was Polian, SirusXM’s Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller who decided to vote for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson over Jackson.
Polian’s decision is more polarizing because he once said Lamar Jackson should switch to playing wide receiver because he’s “clearly” not a thrower.
“This guy is incredible in the open field and [has] a great ability to separate and, again, he’s short and a little bit slight and clearly, clearly not the thrower that the other guys are,” Polian said in February 2018. “His accuracy isn’t there, so I would say, don’t wait to make the change [to wide receiver].”
All Jackson did in 2019 was throw for 3,127 yards this season with 36 passing touchdowns and a completion percentage of over 66 percent. He did all that while breaking Mike Vick’s single-season quarterback rushing record.
His ridiculous play has him atop the MVP list and the Ravens with a 14-2 record and a first-round bye.
Polian was forced to eat his words in November.
“I was wrong, because I used the old, traditional quarterback standard with him, which is clearly why John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome were more prescient that I was,” Polian told USA Today in November.
Clearly, it wasn’t enough for him to vote for Jackson.