I’m not absolving any of the issues of the rest of the offense. The Oline needs help, they need more outside weapons and they need a better OC.
OtOh, I think if Lamar was a better passer, they would do more with the offensive scheme, that the weapons would be sufficient and even if the Oline struggled, they could get past it.
I keep saying it but it’s true. He can not make all the throws and you will not win in the NFL without being able to push the ball down the field.
You can bring up the MVP, his running and anything else you want to. None of it matters. He has to be better than he is. He took a step back this year. He didn’t improve in the areas he said he needed to and the areas the team needed him to improve. I’m not sure he can improve. Maybe he can, maybe he can’t. But as much as he helps the team, he also holds them back.
Most Ravens fans just won’t see this. They point to his MVP, talk about how improved the team is with him than before him. That’s all well and good. It’s all true. But none of it has anything to do with what he is going forward. None of it has anything to do with whether or not they can win a title with him or not.
Right now, they absolutely can not win a title with him being the player he is. Maybe he will be that player but why should we believe he will be? Because he’s young? Because you want him to? There isn’t any evidence that he can or will improve.
On the one hand, teams have more data than ever to stop high intensity pitches quickly once release point, velocity, spin or whatever gives some clue this exact pitch wavers too far from the pitcher's baseline, but on the other hand a group of minor league pitchers never got game hot all 2020 leaving all 30 orgs with a double batch coming when they all start trying this spring.