Once a hater, always a hater.
On Wednesday, NBC Sports revealed that Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian was one of the three voters who did not select Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson to be on the Associated Press' All-Pro team. He and SirusXM's Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller voted for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson over Jackson.
Polian's decision is more ignominous 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]."
Jackson has been destroying defenses since then. Jackson threw for 3,127 yards this season with 36 passing touchdons and a completion percentage of over 66 percent. Not to mention he put these numbers up while also breaking Mike Vick's single-season quarterback rushing record. Jackson's incredible play has led the Ravens to first place in the AFC and a 14-2 record.
In the midst of Jackson's incredible season, Polian was forced to eat his words.
"I was wrong, because I used the old, traditional quarterback standard with him, which is clearly why John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome were more prescient that I was," Polian told USA Today in November.