Joe Flacco is in New York to help mentor Zach Wilson and help the second-year quarterback reach his potential.
“This is my role and I accept it,” Flacco said. via New York Post. “It keeps you engaged, makes you part of the team. Not only do I want to do it, but I’m happy to do it.”
But that doesn’t mean the 37-year-old thinks his days as a starting quarterback are over.
“I still think I have this ability to start,” Flacco said. “It’s good to hear people say this, especially people who are close to the situation. [Saleh]. I believe I’m still good enough to be the starting quarterback. That’s what still drives me to work hard and be the best I can be.”
Flacco has started 191 games, including the playoffs, and has a career record of 108-83, with a 10-5 postseason record and a Super Bowl MVP award.
The veteran has not been a starter since 2019 with the Denver Broncos. The Jets signed him in 2020 as an understudy for Sam Darnold and traded him back to Philadelphia midway through last season. Flacco started one game last season in a 24-17 loss to Miami with 61.5% of passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns.
“I believe that he can start in this league,” insisted coach Robert Saleh. “Sometimes in this league there is a tendency to classify people or label people and then their options are limited, but Joe Flacco is the starting quarterback in this league. He’s very, very talented.”
Flacco won’t be the starting quarterback in New York unless disaster strikes and Wilson gets injured. But it’s not surprising to hear the veteran reserve stays ready and believes he can play. Otherwise, he would have been retired.