Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman downplayed Lamar Jackson's comments a day after the reigning NFL MVP made a stunning revelation as Roman says defenses calling out plays at the line of scrimmage is nothing new.
"Calling out plays on the defense is nothing new," Roman said, per ESPN. "They're going to be right sometimes [and] they're going to be wrong sometimes. I think we know that. But that's definitely an element of the game.
It always has been and probably always will be." Earlier this week, Ravens quarterback Jackson appeared to suggest that his team's offense has been too predictable at times this season as he claimed defenses know what play they are going to run.
"They're calling out our plays, stuff like that," Jackson said. "They know what we're doing. Sometimes stuff won't go our way if they're beating us to the punch." When asked if he was really hearing defenses calling out Ravens' plays, Jackson said: "Yeah, they definitely do.
Like, 'run' and stuff like that. 'Watch out for this, watch out for that.' Sometimes that's what's going on."
Jackson was easily read by the Steelers in Week 8
Two weeks ago, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Alex Highsmith picked off Jackson and after the game claimed he knew what the play was going to be so he adjusted and made the interception.
"I knew when that play started they were coming back to that because they ran the same play on the first half, and I didn't drop deep enough," Highsmith said after Pittsburgh's 28-24 victory over Baltimore.
"There's definitely some plays where these audibles are available and built in," Roman said. "Some quarterbacks audible or have the freedom to audible every play. Sometimes that works out well for them, sometimes it doesn't.
Some people don't do it at all. I would say we're somewhere in between there," Roman said, when asked whether Jackson is allowed to audible when he hears defenders calling out plays. After a loss to the Steelers, Ravens wide receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown took to Twitter to vent about not being used much in the passing game.
"We're very aware of our tendencies," Roman said. "We're aware that there are some now, and that's where it gets interesting. When you're good at something and you can keep pressing that button, then you have the opportunity to flip the script at some point moving forward."