Joe Flacco may play like an honest quarterback in 2019, however he’s nonetheless not going to do something to assist Drew Lock lead the Broncos into the long run.
Joe Flacco will all the time be remembered by Ravens followers for successful a Tremendous Bowl, however his legacy in Baltimore was tarnished by the best way he dealt with the workforce’s choice to draft Lamar Jackson. As an alternative of serving to the rookie sign caller alter to life within the NFL, he saved him at arm’s size. Sadly for the Broncos, Flacco is poised to make the identical mistake in Denver.
Any hope that the 34-year-old quarterback might need realized from his Ravens errors was dashed with Flacco’s feedback the media on Monday. He was fast to inform reporters that growing second-round decide Drew Lock “wasn’t his job.” It’s clear that Flacco goes to focus all of his energies on conserving the beginning gig for himself. He’ll depart Lock’s improvement solely to the workforce’s offensive teaching workers.
It’s a philosophy that reeks of desperation. Whereas it’s comprehensible that Flacco desires to stay a starter for so long as attainable, he nonetheless ought to really feel a accountability to assist different quarterbacks on his roster develop their expertise. On the very least, Flacco ought to need to be certain his workforce will likely be in succesful fingers if he’s compelled to overlook motion because of damage.
As an alternative, it’s apparent that Flacco goes to do the whole lot he can to maintain Lock at the hours of darkness. That’s the apparent subtext current in his latest feedback to the media. The veteran didn’t come out and say something destructive about Lock, but it surely’s clear he doesn’t need to have a heat relationship together with his competitors. It may be even worse than that. It’s attainable that Flacco isn’t going to speak with Lock in any respect.
The Broncos teaching workers deserves some blame right here as nicely. They need to make it clear to Flacco that a part of his job this season is to assist Lock get able to go. At finest, Flacco may be capable of maintain on to the beginning job for one more season or two. At worst, Denver goes to show to Lock this season after they fall out of the race for a postseason berth.
Add all of it up and the quarterback room is a recipe for catastrophe for the Broncos this season. It’s not one thing the group shouldn’t have anticipated although. Flacco is ready to repeat the immature, unprofessional habits that sullied the top of his tenure with the Ravens. Don’t be shocked if his unhealthy perspective prices him his job with the Broncos prior to he expects.