It is understood that Robert Saleh did not want any part of the question on Wednesday.
The Jets coach just passed the entire “taking receipts” quote from last week and wasn’t looking to create more headlines… so when asked if there was any scenario in which Joe Flacco could keep a quarterback job once Zach Wilson is healthy Salih replied, as if he had practiced it in front of the mirror before his press conference.
“Zach is the future of the organization. We all know that,” Saleh said. “Once the doctors have cleared him, we will take him to the field.”
really? Did Wilson get the right to return the first mission to him?
Saleh certainly doesn’t want to deal with hypotheses but we do. Let’s play this a little. Flacco is out on Sunday and has another performance for 300 yards and four touchdowns and the Jets beat the Bengals to improve to 2-1. You’re telling me Monday morning, Salih takes the keys from Flaco’s hands?
I will not do. He must ride a hot hand fit and that’s Flacco.
Now, the scenario you presented is unlikely. The Jets are the underdog against a desperate 0-2 Bengals team on Sunday. But what if? What if Flacco did it again? What if the planes caused another shock?
Saleh should come out on Monday and say Wilson’s surgically repaired knee needs another week of rest and Flacco will start week four against the Steelers. Keep going until the 37-year-old Flacco’s wheels fall off.
Nobody is saying that Flacco looked like Aaron Rodgers last week. But there was some magic at the end of the game. Sure, Brown gave the Jets a chance they should never have, but Flacco made the most of that opportunity. He hit Corey Davis wide open on a 66-yard touchdown pass and then executed a masterful final touchdown drive after a side kick.
Everyone calls Flacco “Joe Cool” and it was featured in the final drive. He looked like he was completely in control and was the quiet presence of a young team.
“I think Joe is a really good midfielder. He has seen everything,” Saleh said.[By] In the fourth quarter, the game plan has already been revealed. They know how to play everything. When we got that side kick, he knew exactly where he should go with the ball because he already knew what was going to happen. The greats can see that in those fourth quarters when you have a good midfielder armed with all the knowledge he needs, that’s tough.”
Could Wilson fly planes backwards? Can. But he does not have the knowledge that Saleh spoke of. Flacco was there and did it. Wilson returned to his resume in the fourth quarter. Sunday was the nineteenth after Flacco was born. Sunday was the 37th time Flacco shot 300 yards in an NFL game. Wilson has not yet reached that mark.
Post-game reaction from his Flacco teammates shows just how much they love the man many saw as the Ravens star when they were kids. In the video that Gates tweeted, Flacco was in the middle of the room, surrounded by jumping planes, and you can see how popular he was in the locker room.
But it wasn’t just a Sunday comeback magic. Flacco played well when given time by the offensive line and the recipients don’t drop passes. The PFF ranked him the third-best quarterback in the NFL, trailing Josh Allen and Galen Hurts. They credit him with zero plays worth their turnover. He is third in the NFL with 616 yards.
Will it last for another season, month, or two weeks? Who do you know? But Saleh is indebted to the Jets players, coaches, front office, owners and fans to find out.
So, is there any chance of Flaco staying on the job?
“I don’t want to be a record-breaker,” Saleh said. “I would be happy to answer that question a million times when Zach is healthy and ready to go. Zach is the future of the team.”
No one will argue that the 23-year-old is not the future. But that does not mean that the 37-year-old, if he continues to play well, cannot be the present.