Joe Flacco Earns Browns Starting QB Berth
Sixteen-year veteran Joe Flacco will be the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.
Head coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed the promotion after Sunday’s 31-27 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Joe Flacco finished the game with three touchdowns, 311 yards and one interception.
With Joe Flacco under center, the Cleveland offense generated its highest yardage since Week 2 with 389. Flacco also clicked with WR Amari Cooper, who he targeted 14 times, six more than any other player.
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The star WR and veteran QB combined for seven catches and 77 yards. After the game, Flacco said the Browns don’t mind winning ugly.
“It was definitely an ugly game,” Flacco said.
“Mistakes on both sides. Definitely didn’t play the cleanest game on my end, but I have a feeling that’s the way this team kind of likes it. They really react well in times like that. Listen, I’ve been here for a couple weeks, and I’ve been watching them on TV for the last bit, and that’s kind of what I’ve seen. Hey, we’ll take them any way we can get them.”
“Played well,” Stefanski said. “You expect him to get better as he gets more comfortable in our system with our players, those type of things. But we just talked about him and all our guys, doing their job, giving us their best, and I thought that’s what he did.”
“So many times where I was just feeling like a 10-year-old kid again,” Flacco said.
“And to be able to do that, you just can’t let it be lost on you how special it is to play this game.”