There is no denying the skill, talent and overall ability of Jacksonville Jaguars’ cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
The kid can flat-out play.
However, with the edge Ramsey brings to the field, also comes an edge off of it. This was on full display when Ramsey did an interview for GQ magazine and was brutally honest when talking about NFL quarterbacks — including Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
When Ramsey was asked about specific quarterbacks, he gave his honest opinion. Here is what he said about Roethlisberger:
Big Ben [Roethlisberger], I think he’s decent at best… It’s not Big Ben, it’s [Antonio Brown]. Big Ben slings the ball a lot of the time. He just slings it, and his receivers go get it. He has a strong arm, but he ain’t all that. I played him twice last year, and he really disappointed me. He’ll be in the Hall of Fame and all that.
Ramsey played Roethlisberger twice last season, and intercepted him once when Roethlisberger was hurried to throw after a blown blitz pick-up by James Conner and the early pass intended for Vance McDonald ended up in Ramsey’s hands.
While Ramsey is certainly entitled to his opinion, these quotes will do nothing but fan the flame which still lingers between the Jaguars and Steelers. Roethlisberger has always been a player who thrives on being told he isn’t good enough, or how he can’t play at an elite level. When these two AFC contenders meet up in Jacksonville this November, don’t think Roethlisberger won’t remember Ramsey’s comments, and want to prove him wrong in every way.
Roethlisberger wasn’t the only quarterback Ramsey discredited. Here is just a snap shot of what he said about other signal callers in the NFL:
On Jared Goff:
Jared Goff, he’s average to above average. He reminds me of Jimmy Garoppolo a little bit. Year one, he wasn’t good. He wasn’t even good enough to earn his own starting role. Like, if you the number one pick, you expected to start now. Period. He wasn’t ready to do that. He wasn’t able to do that. Then when he did get in, he didn’t really do that good. But in his second year, they got a new offensive coordinator. Your offensive coordinator is just your brainiac. When we played them, it felt like his offensive coordinator was drawing up perfect plays and then he was hitting the open man. For what his team ask him to do, yeah, he’s good.
On Andrew Luck:
Andrew Luck—I don’t really think he’s that good. Him and T.Y. [Hilton] had a connection in the past that made him stand out a little bit more, but I don’t think he’s good.
On Matt Ryan:
I think Matt Ryan’s overrated. You can’t tell me you win MVP two years ago, and then last year, you a complete bust, and you still got Julio Jones? There’s no way that should ever happen. I don’t care. You know what that tells me? That tells me [Offensive Coordinator Kyle] Shanahan left, went to San Francisco, got Garoppolo, made Garoppolo this big thing. And now Garoppolo is a big name—and now [Matt Ryan] has this bad year? Alright, well, was it really you, or was it your coach? He was doing what was asked of him and it was making him look really, really good.
These are just a few of the raw comments made by arguably the best cornerback in the game today. But what he feels about other quarterbacks is irrelevant to the readers here at this website. With that said, what are your thoughts on Ramsey’s comments? Do you feel he is more accurate than off-base? Or is he spot-on with his NFL QB analysis?
Let us know in the comment section below!