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.