Joe Flacco: Backing up Lamar Jackson in playoffs ‘not the most fun position’
Joe Flacco has frequently exhibited class despite the disappointment over Lamar Jackson usurping him and taking over as the Baltimore Ravens’ starting quarterback.
With Jackson set to make his postseason start Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, Flacco was forthright, saying it’s not how he wants things to be.
That said, it appears the 33-year-old veteran has resigned himself to the reality that he’ll serve as Jackson’s backup as far as the Ravens go in the playoffs.
“I don’t know if it’s going to be any more different or not,” Flacco said after Friday’s practice when asked how he’ll approach being No. 2 on the depth chart, via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “It’s definitely not the most fun position in the world. It is what it is.”
Flacco last played on Nov. 4 before being sidelined with a hip injury. Jackson stepped in following a bye week with Flacco still unable to go and never relinquished the job, leading the Ravens to a 6-1 record in his starts.
Flacco to no surprise can read the writing on the wall and recognizes his time with the Ravens is likely at its end, which means Sunday’s game could be the last time he steps foot in M&T Bank Stadium as a member of the organization.
“I haven’t really thought too much about it, to be honest with you. It is what it is,” Flacco said. “We’re a No. 4 seed. There’s always a possibility that in the final round before the Super Bowl you can come back here. So you never know.”
As noted, when the decision was made final that Flacco would not get the starting job back, the veteran handled the situation with class. With the postseason looming and the disappointment ongoing, that continues to be the case for Flacco.