Joe Flacco wants to be the team’s “understood quarterback”

AP

Joe Flacco believes he not only is the Broncos’ quarterback of the present but their quarterback of the future. While Flacco says he doesn’t care whether they use the 10th overall choice on a quarterback, he also adds the Broncos would be better off using the top pick on another position.

“I don’t really care about whether they take a quarterback or not,” Flacco said, via quotes distributed by the team. “Whether it’s 10 or whatnot, the only thing I care about is, like I said, I want this team to be as good as they can with me at quarterback. If we feel like as a team and an organization that we can add value to our team at the 10th pick, then I’m all for getting a guy that can add value to the team with me as the understood quarterback. At the end of the day, it is what it is.”

The Ravens traded up to select Lamar Jackson with the 32nd overall choice a year ago. Jackson supplanted Flacco as the starter, and the Ravens traded Flacco to the Broncos.

Now, Flacco faces the possibility of it happening again.

“I think I had a pretty good outlook on it last year,” Flacco said. “It is what it is. I want to get this team to be the best it is with me at quarterback position. Obviously, that is not of most importance to draft a quarterback. But if we do, that’s completely out of my control. I’m going to go out here, and I’m going to compete, and he’s going to have to come out here and be on the field with me every day, too. I’m all ready for that.”

Flacco finished his final six seasons in Baltimore going 42-41 as a starter with 110 touchdowns, 80 interceptions and an 82.3 passer rating. Now, seven years after winning Super Bowl MVP, Flacco is starting over.

29 responses to “Joe Flacco wants to be the team’s “understood quarterback”

  1. What’s understood is that you are a place holder Joe. He had 1 really good year….lucky for him it was his contract year and parlayed that into a windfall of cash.

  2. Joe is not that good & wants somebody to hand him something without having to show that he deserves it. Like another poster said, it sounds like he’s afraid of competition.

  3. Not how this works, Joe. You’re the “understood” quarterback if you’re the “best” quarterback. That’s up to you and no one else.

  4. We need a new term for a guy who keeps getting replaced by rookies. Like, “wow, that guy really got Flacco’d!”

  5. You guys are misunderstanding Joes comment.

    He wants to be understood, so he will speak English in the huddle , rather than Ancient Greek.

    That was his problem with the Ravens, he was speaking Greek, and the other players couldn’t understand him.
    “What did Joe say?” one of the players would ask.
    “I dunno, it’s Greek to me” would be the reply.

  6. Flacco is going to surprise some people this year. I understand what he’s saying … if they draft a QB, fine …. however, Joe would prefer they spend that pick on a difference maker for the team such as a wide out, offensive line or some defensive help.

    I don’t follow the Broncos closely and don’t know what they need, but they are always competitive and they will be fine with Flacco at the helm. If Tebow can win with them, so can Joe. He’s not afraid of competition (you don’t get where he is without beating out hundreds and hundreds of guys over the years) and would prefer the team draft someone who would upgrade their existing talent.
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  7. Sooo, he doesn’t care but, oh, doesn’t want them to draft a QB nor want any competition ok?

  8. amaf21 says:
    April 16, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Says the guy who lucked into a super bowl win 10 years ago.

    ——-

    Not luck. He really was a baller in that Super Bowl run.

    Of course, that magic run is not reflective of the rest of his career.

    I ride Joe hard about his failures and sense of entitlement, but gotta be fair.

    He earned his ring.

  9. I dont see a big physical WR with great hands Like Boldin to go get those Blind deep throws into triple coverage from Jump Ball Joe on that roster.

  10. Again, all the hate. Do you all realize how tough it is to win in the NFL? This guy brought the Pats to the brink of defeat a few times and was great playoff QB. Great career, which is not over.

  11. “I understand why people would be questioning me, my stats haven’t been impressive the last few years. I’m setting out this year to prove to everyone that I deserve to be the starter.”
    – What Joe Flacco would have said, if he actually believed it.

    Loved what Flacco did for the Ravens in 2012 and the years leading up to it. But since then, the guy has flatlined emotionally, and his teammates have had to look elsewhere for any kind of inspiration. That’s probably the biggest reason they embraced Lamar Jackson so quickly- at least the guy has a pulse and seems to care. As far as I know, Jackson has not yet uttered the Billick-ian phrase “It is what it is.” which is pretty much the definition of passive acceptance of a situation. Good luck Joe, hopefully you can snap out of it or this will certainly be your last starting gig.

  12. It’s not as if anything he could say could change the landscape. For some reason he feels his trade assured success and all Denver needs is some supplemental help. I think there’s something missing from this equation that’s more fundamental.

  13. I am not a Broncos fan so I am not that familiar with the team, but as a Ravens fan I can tell you that since 2012 the Ravens have never given Flacco a decent group of WRs (Steve Smith excepted). While Ben has been throwing to a group of All World WRs for the last 5 or more years, Joe has been throwing to guys who couldn’t even make the Steelers’ roster. If the Broncos have some good WRs who can stretch the field – look out – because Flacco still has one of the top five strongest arms in the NFL

  14. This is my problem with Flacco. He was the “understood” starter in Baltimore for years with no one threatening his role. He got complacent and then after his knee injury was complacent AND scared. At least that is how it looked as a fan who has seen every game of his Raven’s career. You have to earn your playtime, every day and every down.

  15. If they want Joe to succeed they need a good TE corp, a pass catching RB and plenty of protection up front.

  16. Flacco’s pocket awareness and decision making have always been questionable. I don’t think the Ravens did him any favors in developing him though. The interior of the offensive line(after the SB), and the WR core in Baltimore were severely lacking for most of his career there if not all of it. Why they wouldn’t bring in help is beyond me. That said Joe is known as a 9-5 guy who doesn’t put in a lot of extra effort, which became extremely frustrating when they struggled. This is coming from a Ravens fan.

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