Jets QB Joe Flacco embracing position as mentor to Zach Wilson, however believes he nonetheless has ‘that capacity to start out’

Joe Flacco is in New York to assist mentor Zach Wilson and assist the second-year quarterback attain his potential.

“That is my position, and I embrace it,” Flacco mentioned, through the New York Submit. “It retains you engaged, retains you part of the staff. I am not simply prepared to do it, however excited to do it.”

However that does not imply the 37-year-old believes his days as a beginning QB are previously.

“I nonetheless suppose I’ve that capacity to start out,” Flacco mentioned. “It is good to listen to individuals say that — particularly individuals which can be near the scenario [Saleh]. I do imagine I’m nonetheless adequate to be a beginning quarterback. That is what nonetheless drives me to work exhausting and be the perfect I can.”

Flacco has began 191 video games, together with playoffs, and has a 108-83 profession report, with a 10-5 postseason report and a Tremendous Bowl MVP award.

The veteran hasn’t entered the season as a starter since 2019 with the Denver Broncos. The Jets signed him in 2020 to backup Sam Darnold and introduced him again through a commerce with Philadelphia halfway final season. Flacco began one sport final season, a 24-17 loss to Miami, finishing 61.5% of his passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns.

“He may begin on this league, I imagine that,” coach Robert Saleh insisted. “Typically this league tends to pigeonhole individuals or put labels on individuals, after which their alternatives get restricted, however Joe Flacco is a beginning quarterback on this league. He’s actually, actually proficient.”

Flacco will not be a beginning QB in New York except catastrophe strikes, and Wilson is hit with an harm. Nevertheless it’s not shocking to listen to a veteran backup staying prepared and believing he may play. He’d be retired in any other case.