Joe Flacco has not began a recreation in almost a yr. It solely feels prefer it has been that lengthy for the reason that Jets received a recreation.
Flacco will get his probability to steer the Jets to their first victory of the season Sunday as he replaces the injured Sam Darnold in opposition to the Cardinals. At 0-4, the Jets are determined for a spark, and perhaps Flacco can present it.
Arizona is coming off of two straight losses, however is considered as one of many groups on the rise within the NFL. The Jets haven’t misplaced to the Cardinals at residence since 1975 at Shea Stadium.
It is a probability for Flacco to indicate he’s nonetheless a succesful NFL quarterback at 35 years previous. He solely signed a one-year take care of the Jets, so this is a chance for him to audition for a 2021 employer.
“I feel I’d be mendacity … if I used to be to disclaim that,” Flacco mentioned. “I imply, I wish to play quarterback on this league, there’s positively some reality to that proper there. However similar to I used to be speaking about earlier than, you don’t wish to overdo it in your head and provides your self conditions the place you’re going to go on the market and attempt to do greater than you need to do. I acquired to go on the market and simply play throughout the offense and do the very best I can for this workforce and the scenario that we’re in proper now, and that’s specializing in this week and seeing the place it goes from there.”
Darnold sprained the AC joint in his proper shoulder. It’s unclear what number of weeks he’ll miss and the way lengthy Flacco’s tryout will final.
Coach Adam Gase expressed confidence in Flacco this week, saying the veteran appeared relaxed. Flacco performed briefly final week in opposition to the Broncos earlier than Darnold returned to the sport. Flacco didn’t follow in any respect in coaching camp as he recovered from neck surgical procedure, so this shall be his first prolonged motion since final yr, when he performed for the Broncos.
The Jets don’t care who’s at quarterback. They only want a win.
“We’re within the second quarter of the season,” Gase mentioned. “We’ve acquired to fret about this week. We realized from what the primary 4 video games introduced us and we made some errors, particularly on this final recreation, that we’ve to positively get corrected as a result of it’s non-talent based mostly. We are able to positively repair the issues which are non-talent based mostly, penalties and errors, issues like that. When we’ve alternatives to do the appropriate factor, we’ll have a unique consequence.”