Despite losing their starting quarterback this season, the Browns have managed to stay competitive with a solid defense and the strategic signing of Joe Flacco, bringing them within reach of a playoff spot. On the other hand, the Jets also faced the loss of their starting quarterback this season, but a combination of a strong defense couldn’t salvage the situation created by a chaotic backup quarterback scenario.
Interestingly, Joe Flacco was available and unsigned when the Jets encountered quarterback issues due to Rodgers’ absence, yet the team opted not to reach out to him. Jets coach Robert Saleh remains steadfast in the decision, expressing no regrets and dismissing any inclination to second-guess their choice.
Saleh acknowledged Flacco’s commendable performance for the Jets last year, even leading them to a comeback victory against the Browns. Despite the positive sentiments towards Flacco, Saleh emphasized that the Jets had a specific vision for their quarterback room, consisting of Rodgers, Zach Wilson, and Tim Boyle.
“We love Joe, first and foremost,” Saleh affirmed. “We spent a couple of years with him, love him, love the way he prepares, really pumped for him and the success he’s having. It’s just the decision we made in terms of the quarterback room and the way we developed it over the course of OTAs and training camp. It was just a decision we made.”
While Saleh maintains there are no regrets, it’s evident that Flacco has outperformed the three quarterbacks the Jets have rotated without Rodgers this year. The Browns’ success with a reliable veteran like Flacco suggests that, with a similar choice, the Jets might have sustained their playoff contention.Last Words