Joe Flacco at peace with the end of an era in Baltimore

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Joe Flacco might not have been happy with the decision, but he came to grips with it long before the end of yesterday’s game.

So even as fans were booing his replacement and hoping he might return, the longtime Ravens quarterback bid what is likely his farewell to Baltimore by watching Lamar Jackson stage a late comeback attempt.

We made the decision what was going to happen here weeks ago,” Flacco said, via Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun. “I just really wanted to see the guys turn it up a little bit and make a play of it, which they did.”

Flacco wasn’t interested in getting into the what-ifs about last night’s game, but it has been made clear that they’ve staked themselves to Jackson, with coach John Harbaugh mentioning after last night’s game that he anticipated a health market (i.e. a decent return in trade) for the former Super Bowl MVP.

Flacco said “there’s no doubt about” his belief that he wants to and can start elsewhere. But after 11 years, he knows his time in Baltimore is coming to an end.

“I love the people of Baltimore,” he said. “It’s been 11 years, and you come in and you feel one way and you don’t know what to expect, but the people warm up to you, you warm up to the people, and to be honest with you, I can’t imagine a better 11 years with this place becoming my home, my children’s home and just how many different life changes I went through and how much we won here. I’m not from too far up the road, and the people here are a lot like the people I grew up with. Definitely a group of fans and a community that I love to be around.”

And that includes the guy who took his job, who Flacco counseled through the game and the aftermath.

“Everybody was talking to him. I told him, ‘Hey, just tell everybody to shut up,’ at some point,” Flacco said of Jackson. “I just told him, ‘Listen, finish strong. At some point, you’re going to be proud of how you finished, no matter what happens, and this is all part of it, dealing with this situation right now. And it’s still a game. So go out there and do what you can to get us back in it. Handle yourself the way you would like to see yourself handle the situation,’ and I thought he did that.”

And now Flacco gets to wait to find out his next destination, and the way he handled his demotion and departure will be something he gets to be proud of as well.

36 responses to “Joe Flacco at peace with the end of an era in Baltimore

  1. Jackson was booed because the fans don’t want another RGme who will be perpetually injured (and not good).

  2. Joe Flacco, another QB who Vikings fans would rather have than Cousins, but they won’t admit it.

    Stuck with Zimmer and Cousins.

    Poor Barneys

  3. Just another exciting, runaround QB, that failed. In about 10 years, when all those qualified to play NFLQB have declined to play this game, you’ll have nothing but these runaround guys. And the good part is you’ll get a new QB every 3-4 weeks as they all end up on IR. Then after 5 years of lousy football a new trend will emerge, the pocket passer.

  4. Joe Flacco’s numbers speak for themselves! The Ravens would not have even been in the playoffs except for what Jackson brought to the team… The Ravens lost the game because of the play calling or lack thereof, the Chargers made defensive adjustments and the Ravens ran the same vanilla offense. The Chargers defense would have eaten Flacco alive!!!

  5. Haha. Finish strong? Leaving the field after his 10th fumble of the game killed their last chance. He’ll never make it with that noodle arm.

  6. Flacco Never really got the respect He earned. Well everyone is singing the praises of Nick Foles, this guy was a Super Bowl MVP. I’m sure there’s a market for him, look at the market there was for Cousins. But it’s always a little sad to watch the changing of the guard. Good luck Joe. Classy way to leave

  7. Those who booed are not “fans”. They’re drunk morons.
    Anyone who understands the game of football can tell you the problem yesterday was the O-Line. They couldn’t pass protect or set the edge yesterday. They gave up 7 sacks, and I believe 4 fumbles (2 lost). The Chargers D was on point adding an INT.
    Yes, Lamar has to hold onto the rock better. And he also needs to work on his throwing accuracy. Both major issues in my opinion. And he won’t last another season if those don’t improve. But he looked promising in his first attempt to bring the team back in the last minutes of a game. But, please do not think Joe would not have helped us out yesterday with the O-Line being the dumpster fire they were yesterday.

  8. I will miss Joe Flacco. He did good things for this team and was a constant professional. Did he earn his paycheck the last couple of years, nope, but I would follow his career if he chooses to continue. Also, as a fan, I wouldn’t consider it booing of Lamar, I don’t blame the 21 year old rookie. I blame Marty and coaching for running out the same exact game plan from 3 weeks ago and thinking it was going to work out fine and then making no adjustments.

  9. sgrvn329 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 9:29 am
    Joe Flacco’s numbers speak for themselves! The Ravens would not have even been in the playoffs except for what Jackson brought to the team… The Ravens lost the game because of the play calling or lack thereof, the Chargers made defensive adjustments and the Ravens ran the same vanilla offense. The Chargers defense would have eaten Flacco alive!!!

    ———-

    As a passer Lamar Jackson stinks. Kaep would be a better option even today.

  10. Thanks for the memories Joe. I think I’ll be seeing you in a Jacksonville uniform next year

  11. Flacco is washed up. Jackson was their only (slim) hope of winning. Anyone who pays Flacco starting QB money next year is an idiot. I do give him props for keeping it classy.

  12. Joe Flacco is Eli Manning with one less Super Bowl ring.

    Mediocre with rings is how both kept their jobs long after they should’ve been benched.

    Give Harbaugh and Newsome credit for realizing that Flacco shouldn’t be a starter. The Giants are still in denial about Eli.

  13. SWFLPC.INC says:
    January 7, 2019 at 9:56 am
    sgrvn329 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 9:29 am
    Joe Flacco’s numbers speak for themselves! The Ravens would not have even been in the playoffs except for what Jackson brought to the team… The Ravens lost the game because of the play calling or lack thereof, the Chargers made defensive adjustments and the Ravens ran the same vanilla offense. The Chargers defense would have eaten Flacco alive!!!

    ———-

    As a passer Lamar Jackson stinks. Kaep would be a better option even today.

    I’m sorry, he’s wasn’t then and he’s certainly not now. I refuse to believe this gang of 32 billionaires could get together on a blackball, especially when they all can’t wait to stick it to the other owners. If he was viable, someone would have grabbed him. Of course there is that GF issue. Maybe the owners would rather not be labeled.

  14. Middle of the road QB who had some success….lots of money in the bank and a SB ring….good for him.

    Jackson in the other hand is one knee injury away from being a pure backup QB with no real passing skills.

  15. Flacco is a class act. He and Nick Foles should both get a lot of action this off-season. Super bowl winning QB’s don’t grow on trees. Flacco’s comments are a breath of fresh air, especially after reading about the selfish WR this past week. It’s nice to know you’re not wasting every Sunday watching a bunch of idiots.

  16. Flacco will get a new lease on life with whatever team he signs with…nothing like having to prove yourself over & over again. It happens to all of use when we change jobs. Hope though he goes to team with some good WR’s and a TE because the Raven have had garbage the last few years.

  17. Dolphins should really look into Foles or Flacco as a stopgap QB until 2020. Then one of them can groom a new QB that the fish pick up in the draft. Still to quality players.

  18. Man, reading some of these comments, you would think some Baltimore fans have forgotten Flacco gave them their only Super Bowl title – AND won the MVP. There are 13 other teams who have never won one and would love to have had this problem.

  19. I hope Joe ends up playing for a team that likes to throw the long ball. I used to love watching him heave it in the air and see the receiver (especially Anquan Boldin) and the cover guy fight for the ball.

  20. clickablecontent says:
    January 7, 2019 at 1:32 pm
    Man, reading some of these comments, you would think some Baltimore fans have forgotten Flacco gave them their only Super Bowl title – AND won the MVP. There are 13 other teams who have never won one and would love to have had this problem.

    ”””””””””””””’
    Trent Dilfer would disagree.

  21. The Ravens did Flacco wrong- BIG time wrong.The guy has one of the best post-season records of any QB and has a Super Bowl ring. I was on Jackson’s side until I saw how many times he fumbled the ball in the playoff game. Flacco should have gone in there- no questions asked. A ZERO QBR in the first half and Jackson stays in? How Mayfield stared down Hue Jackson is how Flacco should treat Harbaugh. What a jerk. Harbaugh sending Flacco off by saying, “He is going to be in Joe’s corner until we play him” is a slap in the face. Disrespectful. You have not been in Flacco’s croner for weeks. Good luck, Joe. You deserve much better. I hope Harbaugh gets traded.

  22. Dilfer and Flacco willmever jsve to pay for a beer in Baltimore. That said, joe cashed in and lost his edge and will to succeed

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