The New York Jets should be happier than BLEEP for this period of time since Zach Wilson has been injured.
What is the Jets’ Plan?
While Wilson is out, it should be Joe Flacco at quarterback. He came from the University of Delaware via the University of Pittsburgh. He’s a Jersey guy, a Philly guy and I coached him for a couple of years, so I know him inside and out.
Flacco was a first-round selection with the Baltimore Ravens. I believe he went to three AFC Championship games with the Ravens. He won the Super Bowl after the 2012 season. As quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens was named the MVP of that Super Bowl!
Breaking Down Flacco’s Game
Coming out of college, my evaluation of Joe Flacco was very simple—a big man with a big, accurate arm, a good decision maker and really deceptive athleticism for such a big man. He still has all of those qualities, with the exception of athleticism and the ability to move, even within the pocket.
So for the New York Jets, you keep Flacco healthy. Keep him upright, and good things should happen.
Then you get Zach Wilson back at some point down the road, and his development will continue to take place. Their early schedule is tough in the regular season. They begin play with Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
It might be a little uphill for them, but I like the Jets. Maybe they can slip a couple of wins, maybe 2-3, in those first 4-5 games. Then they’ll get their QB back.
But that will be a decision.
When Zach Wilson is healthy, when do they start playing him? Especially if things are going pretty well, and they’re at .500 or better.
If they are under .500, they will play Wilson when he’s healthy. But if you’re .500 or better with Flacco, you might keep that thing going for a few more weeks. And then, pre-practice, post-practice—even during practice a little bit—Wilson is still developing for the New York Jets football team.
When you have a quarterback who doesn’t throw a receiver-friendly ball, what someone is implying is every ball is pretty much the same. It comes with high velocity, it’s a little hard, and typically, you hear it from guys who play in inclement weather climates. You hear that from guys that are going to be playing in the cold.
Weather Changes the Ball
The ball changes in those cold climates. You do want and prefer a quarterback to be mindful of that. I remember when Aaron Rodgers took over for Brett Favre. Brett always threw with extreme drama to me. He put everything into it when he was trying to thread a needle, split defenders and he was throwing his entire body into a pass. For Aaron, and I caught him when he was younger, Brett on the back end of his career, for Aaron it was just a flick.
Aaron saw and heard the stories of how hard Brett threw, and he wanted to throw as hard if not harder. He wanted to climb that mountain and be the guy who threw the hardest. I remember telling him “Dude, stop throwing the ball so hard.” It is not receiver-friendly when I am running a crossing route and you are throwing 80 miles an hour. I am just seven yards away from you; I don’t want that. That is extreme, instinctive reaction time for a receiver depending on where the ball location is.
Some Quarterbacks are Better at Throwing Deep
A lot of times even going down the field, there are ball flights that just look better. It sounds weird, but it is a real thing. When I look at Joe Burrow’s deep ball, he throws a really pretty deep ball. Rodgers has always thrown a really pretty deep ball. Joe Flacco just looks like he lays it in there like a loaf of bread. He’s a big arm, taller guy you can see him, and you see the release point. He doesn’t have to throw with an extreme amount of velocity because he is a longer, taller guy with a big arm and always had one.
Does it matter? It matters when the weather changes let’s say that.