Haters are always going to hate.
Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian was a public skeptic of Lamar Jackson when the quarterback was drafted. Polian has since admitted he was wrong, but there are apparently limits to his level of belief in Jackson.
Jackson garnered 47 of 50 votes at the quarterback position for the AP All-Pro team. According to Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk, one of the three who voted for someone else was Polian, who infamously said he viewed Jackson as a wide receiver when the Heisman Trophy winner was coming out of college. Fellow SiriusXM hosts Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller were the other two voters who did not select Jackson.
Polian and the other two dissenters instead voted for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
Polian’s decision is more fascinating because he famously went on record claiming that Jackson should switch to playing wide receiver.
“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].”
It leads one to wonder what Polian’s thought process is. The ex-GM admitted he was wrong in his evaluation of Jackson, but apparently he still has a way to go toward viewing Jackson as the league’s best quarterback. This comes despite the fact that Jackson tallied 4,333 total yards and 43 total touchdowns, 36 of which were passing scores. The vast majority of voters were convinced by Jackson this season. Polian still wasn’t one of them.