“We’re still chasing February. We will finish this season strong.”– Ravens QB Lamar Jackson after losing TE Mark Andrews to injury for the rest of the season
“You don’t want to be a part of teams that (fire a coordinator in-season). That’s typically where bad football’s played. We’re not a bad football team.” – Bills QB Josh Allen after Buffalo’s firing of OC Ken Dorsey
“He compartmentalizes as well as any quarterback in football today.” – King on Lions QB Jared Goff
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 20, 2023 – Peter King speaks with Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, following Baltimore’s Thursday night win over Cincinnati in which they lost tight end Mark Andrews to a season-ending injury, and Lions QB Jared Goff in this week’s edition of Football Morning in America, available now exclusively on NBCSports.com. King also discusses the Bills’ win over the Jets after a tumultuous week, Joe Burrow’s season-ending injury, and more.
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The following are highlights from this week’s edition of Football Morning in America:
Lions QB Jared Goff to King on his mentality after throwing three interceptions during Detroit’s comeback win against Chicago: “My number one job is to try to find a way to win the game for our team. I can’t worry about what I’d done wrong. At the end of the game, we had a chance to win. How do I get us there is basically all I was thinking.”
Goff: “I think everyone on offense had a pretty good feeling once we got to the two-minute drill that we’d be able to move the ball similar to what we did in the first half.”
Goff on the exit interview he requested with Rams head coach Sean McVay in 2021 after learning he was traded to the Lions: “We spent four years together and he traded me on a phone call. So, I did wanna talk to him face to face…It was a long conversation. There was a lot that came out of it. It was good. Got some clarity. Don’t know if I got all the clarity, but I got some.”
King on Goff’s mental toughness: “The unappreciated part of Goff’s game is he doesn’t press or worry about the things he screwed up. He compartmentalizes as well as any quarterback in football today.”
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson on watching TE Mark Andrews go down with a season-ending injury on Thursday: “We came to the league together. That’s my brother. We’ve been like peanut butter and jelly, like bread and butter. That’s my receiver. It really hurt me.”
Jackson on what he said to Andrews after the injury: “I texted him. I told him, ‘Bro, we love you brother. I love you. I’m pissed off. I’m very pissed off about that situation.’ We’re gonna have to do it without him. It’s hard to say that though. That’s hard to text that especially to Mark.”
Jackson on the Ravens’ mentality going forward: “We’re still chasing February. We will finish this season strong…We gotta come out with that same determination. I can promise we will. We just gotta fight each and every game.”
Ravens TE Isaiah Likely: “Every snap I take for the rest of the season is for Mark.”
King: “I think I expect the NFL to move aggressively to erase the hip-drop tackle this off-season.”
Bills QB Josh Allen on the week following their Monday night loss to Denver: “It was a feeling like if you played better, you’d still have guys [former offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey] in the facility. And the whole week it was just this sick feeling, knowing that you have to go and perform in five days, but you don’t have time to sulk.”
Allen: “Sucks losing someone that you care so deeply about. Especially during the course of the season. You don’t want to be a part of teams that do that. That’s typically where bad football’s played. We’re not a bad football team.”
King on Bengals QB Joe Burrow’s durability after being ruled out for the rest of the season: “I don’t believe Burrow’s injury prone, and I don’t think he’ll be on IR every year…I think Burrow and the Bengals spend time next off-season figuring out modalities to avoid injury as best as he can, sort of the way Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins did this past off-season.”
King on Browns QB Deshaun Watson: “The end was encouraging to Cleveland because of how Watson engineered the win (in Week 10). Still, when he lines up to start next September, Watson will have played 12 games in the last 3 years, 8 months. The truth is, no one knows how he’ll play with yet another 10 months between meaningful snaps.”
KING’S WEEK 11 AWARDS
Offensive Players of the Week: Brock Purdy, San Francisco, Tommy DeVito, New York Giants, Devin Singletary, Houston, & Courtland Sutton, Denver
King on Purdy: “He had a perfect passer rating of 158.3 Sunday – the first 49er since Joe Montana 34 years ago and his season passer rating of 115.1 is nine points better than any quarterback in football.”
Defensive Players of the Week: DaRon Bland, Dallas, Isaiah Simmons, New York Giants, & Jadeveon Clowney and Kyle Van Noy, Baltimore
King on Clowney and Van Noy: “Clowney and Van Noy, at a combined cap number of $3.8 million, account for 1.7 percent of Baltimore’s cap this year, and they have 6.5 and six sacks respectively. That’s some great value for the Ravens.”
Coach of the Week: Doug Pederson, head coach, Jacksonville
King on Pederson: “In the 34-14 rout of the usually stout Tennessee defense, the Jags pushed receivers further downfield…Pederson let this offense do what it should do best – go for the big strikes.”
Special Teams Players of the Week: Reggie Gilliam, Buffalo, Matt Prater, Arizona, & Ty Chandler, Minnesota
Goat of the Week: Zach Wilson, New York Jets
King on Wilson: “I admire (Robert) Saleh for continually taking one for the team, trying to prop up Wilson for the future of the franchise, but Sunday in western New York was the exclamation point on the end of Wilson, at least for 2023.”
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