Joe Flacco’s little time with the Browns has been amazing.
Even the New York Jets have watched him from afar and wondered what may have been.
In just over a month, Flacco has revitalized his career and saved Cleveland’s injury-plagued season. With a win over the Jets on Thursday night at 8:15 p.m. ET on Prime Video, the Browns may make their second postseason appearance since 2002.
The Jets (6-9) have cycled through QBs, with Trevor Siemian starting against the Browns, since the season collapsed weeks ago.
Jets coach Robert Saleh said they don’t regret passing on Flacco.
“Never regret,” Saleh urged. “You always hope to make good decisions. Deep thought and rationale go into every decision. No regrets.”
Saleh must consider what Flacco, who went 1-8 as a starter from 2020-22 with the Jets, might accomplish for them today.
Saleh responded, “No, I don’t think I ever let myself go there.” “But I’m excited to watch him play. It’s nice to coach and watch a guy succeed, and he’s doing well right now.”
The Browns (10-5) definitely wouldn’t be here without Flacco.
The 3-1 quarterback has thrown for 1,307 yards and 10 touchdowns in four games. The 15-year veteran moved into an apartment after spending his first couple weeks in town in a motel.
Flacco became a Cleveland cult hero after being a Baltimore villain.
Browns fans embraced him instantly.
He replied, “This city’s been unbelievable.” I can’t say enough how welcoming everyone has been. The way people here have treated me has been bizarre. That feels nice, so hopefully we can keep it going for them.”
Flacco’s situation could have changed if the Jets called. He’s not bitter because they didn’t.
“I enjoyed my time there, and it is what it is,” he remarked. “I’m content where I am. The NFL has 32 clubs. Another team like that. I appreciate and had great years with many of those locker room people. Great respect for those guys.”
“I love him,” Saleh said of Flacco. “I love his preparation and am excited for his accomplishment. We made a decision on the quarterback room and how we established it during OTAs and training camp.