Here’s how the Jets’ signing of Joe Flacco to be Sam Darnold’s backup is heading to operate ideal: If Flacco will make it operate.
On paper, the acquisition appears to be like the fantastic move as insurance policy for the 22-year-outdated Darnold, which is anything the workforce was woefully devoid of the earlier two seasons, heading -6 with Darnold out of the lineup. Flacco also arrived low-priced — a one-year offer worthy of $1.5 million not which includes incentives.
Flacco has manufactured 171 frequent-season NFL starts, has a received-decline history of 98-seventy three with 218 touchdowns thrown to 141 interceptions. Of even extra significance than that are his 15 playoff starts with a ten-5 history, 25 touchdowns to ten picks and a Super Bowl title.
So, the Jets will enter the 2020 season with possibly the most seasoned, professional and achieved backup quarterback in the league.
The problem is regardless of whether individuals achievements of Flacco’s, coupled with his continued want to be a starter yet again, will be an asset or a detriment to Darnold?
Flacco, the former Ravens and Broncos quarterback, spoke with reporters Thursday on a Zoom call and stated all the appropriate factors about wanting to enable Darnold and do what he can to make the workforce far better.
But the 35-year-outdated Flacco, way too, did not shy away from admitting that he nonetheless has a burning want to begin yet again. Apart from the quite conclude of his 11-year run in Baltimore, where Lamar Jackson started to acquire the league by storm in 2018, starting off is all Flacco has regarded in his occupation.
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Considering the Jets’ expense in Darnold, the third-all round decide on in the 2018 draft, and thinking about that Flacco was two-6 past season in Denver and is coming off neck surgical procedure, that notion ought to be preposterous.
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And, if Darnold does materialize to locate himself spooked by Flacco’s existence or seeking around his shoulder the very first time he throws a few interceptions in a recreation, then he’s probably not the quarterback the Jets feel he is in the very first area.
Here’s what the Jets and Darnold have to have Flacco to be this season: Be like Josh McCown.
There wasn’t a bone in McCown’s physique that fancied himself as a starter around Darnold, even in Darnold’s rookie season, and his want to mentor Darnold was legitimate. McCown is one of the most selfless gamers you’ll at any time fulfill.
This is not a knock on Flacco, since he has not even met with Darnold or his new Jets teammates nevertheless, and he quite effectively may possibly be specifically the sort of mentor the Jets want him to be to their prized (hopeful) franchise quarterback.
But this is all up to Flacco.
“I’m fully embracing it,’’ Flacco stated Thursday of his backup job. “It’s where I am appropriate now. I’m happy to be on a workforce playing soccer in some potential. It’s heading to be enormous to get in there and know the men and acquire a romance with the workforce and do anything I can to enable the workforce get far better.
“And in that system, enable Sam with no matter what he requirements enable with — acquire his head off anything, notify him how I see factors or how I’ve dealt with [anything] in the earlier — on the soccer industry or off the soccer industry.’’
Questioned if he nonetheless views himself as a starter, Flacco stated, “I nonetheless feel that I’m a starting off quarterback, and you never know what a few several years down the line is heading to glance like. I nonetheless have the self esteem and I nonetheless have the want-to to do that. I do not consider there are any backups in this league that do not have aspirations to be a starting off quarterback.
“Right now … I know what my job is. Points have been diverse past year. I got harm and was unhealthy. I know what it’s like to not come to feel like currently being a portion of the workforce, since you seriously can not have your hand in factors. In the job I’m in appropriate now, I can have a great, favourable impact on the workforce. My job is to enable the workforce get far better and to enable a younger quarterback see factors as clearly as doable and enable him on his journey to be a longtime NFL quarterback.’’
Of system, Flacco is his possess male and it’s significant for him to be himself. But it wouldn’t harm him to be at minimum a minor bit like Josh McCown. Since that’s what’ll be ideal for Darnold.
How effectively this works is up to Flacco.