Wade Phillips: Lamar Jackson is ‘Michael Vick Plus’
Lamar Jackson has drawn comparisons to Michael Vick going back to college. Wade Phillips certainly sees the comparison.
Phillips is the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams and preparing his defense to face Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. Ahead of the game, Phillips said that Jackson looks like the MVP so far this season. He called Jackson “this era’s Michael Vick” and suggested the quarterback is an even better version of Vick.
Wade Phillips on Lamar Jackson: "Lamar Jackson, everybody is saying and rightfully so, he’s certainly the MVP so far this year." As far as comparisons to Michael Vick? "Lamar, yeah this era’s Michael Vick, maybe plus. Michael Vick Plus." https://t.co/1Rmb9CFtFV
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) November 21, 2019
That’s some pretty high praise. Of course, it’s deserved.
Vick had blazing speed and great moves in the open field, and so does Jackson. For his career, Vick led the league in rushing yards per attempt five times and averaged 52.1 rushing yards per game with the Falcons (the first part of his career). Jackson is averaging 56.8 rushing yards per game. He’s also averaging 225.8 passing yards per game this season, which is more than Vick averaged during any season with Atlanta (Vick did not put up big passing yards until his time with the Eagles).
Based on the season he’s having so far, Jackson is looking like Michael Vick plus.